Romeo and Juliet- Act I, Scene IV (Summary)

Act I, Scene 4

Setting: Sunday evening, outside Capulet’s house

Characters in Scene: Benvolio, Mercutio, and Romeo

Romeo talks to Mercutio about love, and Rosaline not loving him back. Mercutio advices Romeo to not take love seriously. Later on, Romeo opens up about dreams. Mercutio then delivers a long speech about ‘Queen Mab,’ a fairy who visits people in their dreams. Lastly, Romeo stated that he dreamt that something bad will happen starting tonight.

Key Quotation: If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. -Mercutio

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