Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 4 Summary
- Mercutio and Benvolio still haven't figured out where Romeo is.
- It turns out that Tybalt has sent Romeo a message that goes something like this: "I'm going to beat you up with my sword."
- But lovelorn Romeo is in no condition to face Tybalt in a duel, right?
- History Snack: Many Elizabethans believed that love (between a man and a woman that is) basically turned men into sissies. Being "effeminate" didn't mean you were like a woman—it meant you were too into women.
- Of course Mercutio also uses the opportunity to take a dig at Tybalt, who takes himself and his sword fighting skills way too seriously.
- Romeo finally shows up, and he's dropped the depressed "Rosaline doesn't love me" act.
- The fellas engage in one of their favorite pastimes, talking trash and telling some of the dirtiest jokes in Western literature. You know, just a few bros chillin' together.
- As planned, the Nurse shows up to meet with Romeo. She looks ridiculous, apparently, and Mercutio can't resist flirting with her, mocking her, and talking dirty to her.
- (When the Nurse questions him about the time of day, Mercutio manages to turn a description of a clock into a graphic portrayal of masturbation.)
- In between all these antics, Romeo manages to take the Nurse aside and tell her that Juliet should find an excuse to come to Friar Laurence's church—where she will be married.
- [FYI: Romeo's keeping his wedding plans from everyone (except the Nurse and Juliet), including his best friends.]