November 3, 1999
Before and After meeting Romeo
" Tell me, daughter Juliet, how stands your disposition to be married?" says Lady Capulet, touching her daughter lightly, as the mothering nurse stands apart, watching. "It is an honour that I dream not of." Says Juliet, after a while of pondering, holding truth in her tone and in her eyes.
"Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow
By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay,
And follow thee, my lord, throghout the world."
Says Juliet, a bit later, not even 18 hours, and having had no time to sleep and dream about that honour of getting married.
What says this about Juliet? Is it possible to change one's mind so damn quickly? First, marriage appears to be an honour she hasn't even dreamt of, and later, an honour she is desperately hoping for.
And also, what about the childish 14 year old who is first seen seen goofing around with her loving nurse, and that same day swearing her true love to a man, in total disposition of becoming a woman right then?
I think this love is either pure hormonal attraction, or Juliet has indeed dreamt of marriage, and even pictured Romeo- and loved him dearly- long before having met him. Of course, it can´t be both. Which of the two is found truthful? I guess not even young naive Juliet knows.