Act 2 Scene 1
The feast is over, but Romeo can’t force himself to leave home. He decide to climb a wall around Capulet mansion and try to search for the Juliet. Not only it is trespassing a private property, but their families are still sworn enemies, so Romeo exposes himself to the grave danger. His friends, Benvolio and Mercutio, enter and try to reason him, but Romeo is too excited with his feelings and hides from them. The two call him but finally decide that he won’t show (despite they know about his plan). Knowing also that he hears them, Benvolio and Mercutio cruelly mock him, reminding that yesterday it was Rosaline and now it’s Juliet.
Romeo waits until they leave, thinking that his friends are just unable to understand his feelings. Suddenly, Juliet appears on the balcony of her house. Thinking that she is alone, Juliet laments that they belong to the rival families. She says that she is ready to give up her family if only Romeo swears to love her forever, or she will marry him immediately after he abandons his Montague origins. Hearing that, Romeo reveals himself. Juliet is afraid that he might be killed, but he replies that he believes that Juliet’s love grants him immortality.
Now it is Juliet’s turn to hesitate. She is afraid that after Romeo heard everything she has in mind, he may think that she is too easy to win. She tells him that everything is happening too fast and ask him to think twice. But Romeo calms her down and indeed swears to love her. Suddenly, Juliet’s Nurse calls her. She has to go. Juliet says that tomorrow she will send someone to Romeo to make sure that he didn’t reconsider his feelings. They arrange the time and place of the meeting and wish good night to each other. Juliet disappears in her home and Romeo also leaves.
Act 2 Scene 2
It’s morning. Friar Lawrence enters with the basket of healing herbs and starts to sort them, speaking to himself. He says that each herb can be poison and remedy, it depends of whether it’s properly applied. Romeo enters and Friar Lawrence immediately notices that he didn’t sleep. He worries and asks if Romeo spent the night with Rosaline, but Romeo answers that Rosaline is nothing to him now, tells about his new love to Juliet and asks Lawrence to marry them immediately. Lawrence is shocked with this sudden change of heart and tries to carefully tell Romeo that he should consider it one more time. But Romeo is adamant. With a heavy heart Friar Lawrence agrees to conduct a wedding ritual, hoping that at least this marriage can finally end the century-long feud between the families.
Act 2 Scene 3
While Romeo is speaking with Friar Lawrence, Mercutio and Benvolio walk together, discussing him. They know that he didn’t return home that night and wonder if he is still alive and whether he spent the night with Rosaline or with Juliet. Mercutio says that Tybalt challenged Romeo to the duel and thinks that Romeo won’t find the courage to answer. Benvolio defends his friend, but Mercutio describes Tybalt as an extraordinary swordsman that would easily defeat Romeo.
Finally Romeo arrives. His friends are mocking him for abandoning them last night and from shifting between the girls. Then the Nurse comes. She asks if anyone knows Romeo. Mercutio and Benvolio starts to mock her now and infuriated Nurse is ready to leave. Romeo steps forward and names himself. The Nurse warns him not to even try to play with Juliet’s feelings and he tells her that Friar Lawrence is ready to marry them that very night. He asks the Nurse to fix the ladder on the balcony after the wedding, so he and Juliet can consummate their marriage They again arrange the time and place of the marriage and the Nurse leaves to tell his reply to Juliet.
Act 2 Scene 4
Juliet waits for the Nurse in the orchard. She immediately starts to ask her about the negotiation. At first the Nurse doesn’t want to talk, pretending to be too tired, but finally, under Juliet’s pressure, she reveals everything. Romeo is ready to marry her that night in Friar Lawrence’s cell. The Nurse goes away to wait for Romeo’s servant to bring her the ladder.
Act 2 Scene 5
Romeo and Friar Lawrence wait for Juliet. Romeo is overwhelmed with emotions, but Lawrence tries to calm him down, saying that too much love can be as harmful as no love at all. Romeo replies that he doesn’t care: the love he feels right here and now is worth every misfortune that may come later. Finally Juliet comes and Romeo asks her to describe her love. She replies that her feelings are so exciting and unearthly that they can’t be described with words. They exit and Friar Lawrence weds them.