Act I, Scene 2
Location: Verona’s Street
Characters in Scene: Capulet, Paris, Servant, Benvolio, Romeo
Old Capulet invites Paris to a party which will be held at the Capulet’s residence. Grabbing a chance, Paris asks Old Capulet for Juliet’s hand for marriage but Old Capulet declined the idea. He said, “My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years…” which indicates that Juliet is too young to marry, and tells Paris that he needs to get Juliet to love him first.
Old Capulet gives a list to a servant and order him to go and find all the names listed. The servant accidentally bumped into Romeo and Benvolio on the streets. Not being able to read, he asks Romeo to read the list for him, and invites them to the grand party without knowing that they are Montague’s.
Romeo decided to go when he found out that Rosaline will be at the party, but Benvolio said that it is the best chance to find someone new to love. “Compare her face with some that I shall show, and I will make thee think thy swan a crow,” he said.
Key Quotation: Compare her face with some that I shall show, and I will make thee think thy swan a crow. -Benvolio