Romeo and Juliet


William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

Read our modern English translation of this scene.
Very early the next morning, the Capulet manor is bustling as Capulet, Lady Capulet, Juliet’s nurse, and several servingmen rush about the house preparing food, lighting fires, and getting ready for the party. Capulet hasn’t slept all night, and the nurse warns him he’ll be sick on the day of his daughter’s wedding. He assures the nurse he’s spent nights awake for much less worthy reasons. As some music plays outside, Capulet realizes that Paris is approaching with his coterie. He urges the nurse to go wake Juliet up and get her ready for church—her groom has arrived.
Juliet’s marriage to Paris is exactly what Capulet wants, so his mind should be at peace. His insomnia the night before Juliet’s wedding, then, subtly foreshadows that something is amiss. Given fate’s thwarting of people’s free will thus far in the play, the reader can infer that the day will not go according to the Capulets’ carefully crafted plan.
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