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Paris asks Capulet for his daughter Juliets hand in marriage Capulet replies that she is still too young to be married but then invites Paris to try to woo her at a banquet he is holding that night He gives a servant a list of guests and tells him to take an invitation to each of them The servant is illiterate and so goes about trying to find someone to read the list for him He runs into Romeo and Benvolio who are still discussing Romeos love The servant gets Romeo to read the guest list for him and then tells him about the banquet Benvolio convinces Romeo to go along with him to the banquet to compare the other beautiful women there with the one he is trying to get Rosaline Capulets nieceLady Capulet Juliet and the Nurse talk about the possibility of Juliet being married to Paris Lady Capulet encourages Juliet to consider him as a potential husband when she sees him at the banquet The Nurse loves the idea of it but Juliet does notRomeo Benvolio and Mercutio stand outside the entrance to Capulets masquerade banquet Romeo complains again of the pains of love and his friends try to cheer him up and encourage him to dance and be merry Mercutio delivers a lengthy speech on Queen Mab the fairy midwife who causes lovers to dream of love Romeo considers his own death as a result of events which will take place at the banquet but goes in with his friendsRomeo sees Juliet for the first time at the banquet and is so overwhelmed with her beauty that he renounces his love for Rosaline Tybalt recognizes his enemys voice and calls for his sword planning to do away with him right there on the dance floor but Capulet restrains him ordering him to ignore him Romeo goes to Juliet touches her hand flatters her and they kiss twice They are parted by
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