Act 3, Scene 4
In a room in Capulet’s house, Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris are talking to each other. Capulet says that all these sad events happened so suddenly that he didn’t get a chance to ask her daughter about her feelings towards Paris. Lady Capulet promises that she’ll talk to Juliet about it tomorrow morning. Then Capulet tells Paris that Juliet respects his will and she’ll listen to him, or in other words she’ll obey his decision. He tells Paris that the wedding will be held on Wednesday, but then he suddenly asks what day it is, and after Paris responds that it’s Monday, Capulet says that he thinks Wednesday is too soon so the wedding will be held on Thursday. Paris shows his willingness to this marriage by saying that “I would that Thursday were tomorrow.”, then he leaves Capulet’s house. Act 3, Scene 5
It’s almost sunrise when Romeo decides to go and visit Juliet or the last time before his exile. Juliet tries to convince Romeo that he still has time to stay by saying that “It is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark,”. Romeo refuses to stay and says that “I must be gone and live, or stay and die.”. Juliet proclaims that the light outside does not come from the sun, and it’s just from a meteoroid. Finally love convinces Romeo to stay, and he says that he doesn’t care even if the Prince’s men kill him for not going out of the city before dawn. Suddenly Juliet realizes that this is madness, so she says that the bird sound was indeed the lark, not the nightingale and he must run away now since it’s almost dawn. The Nurse enters to tell Juliet that Lady Capulet is coming to visit her. Romeo is hiding at this time. While climbing down the window, Romeo promises that they will meet again very soon. However, Juliet is concerned as she says that Romeo looks pale. Romeo replies that they both look pale because of the sorrow of them dividing. Romeo runs away, and Juliet wishes to see him soon again while collecting the ladder.
Lady Capulet then comes to visit Juliet. Juliet is puzzled because she doesn’t know why her mother wants to see her so soon. Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is woeful because her cousin Tybalt is dead, because she doesn’t know that Juliet and Romeo are married. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she hopefully wishes to see that villain Romeo dead soon. Juliet pretends that she wishes so too, and in the same time says that she loves Romeo in a hiding manner. Then Lady Capulet informs Juliet of Capulet’s plan that she’ll be married to County Paris on Thursday in Saint Peter's Church. Juliet is shocked and quickly refuses the marriage and says “I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris. These are news indeed!” Her mother says that she should say this to her father, and in the same time Capulet and Nurse enter the room. When Capulet finds out that Juliet refuses his will, he becomes furious and threatens to disown Juliet if he doesn’t marry Paris on Thursday. After he exits the room, Juliet begs her mother for help, but Lady Capulet refuses to speak and leaves.
After Capulet and Lady Capulet leave Juliet’s chamber, Juliet asks Nurse to help her prevent this sudden marriage. Nurse tells her that Paris is a better match than Romeo, and she should go through with the marriage to Paris because Romeo can be considered dead anyhow. Although Juliet is disgusted by Nurse’s statement, she pretends to agree her and tells her that she’s going to the church to make confession to Friar Lawrence. While going to the church, Juliet says that she’ll never trust Nurse again, and if Friar Lawrence is unable to help her, she’ll gladly kill herself. Act 4, Scene 1
In Friar Lawrence’s cell, he talks to Paris about his marriage to Juliet which is coming soon on the next Thursday. Paris believes that Juliet is sad because of his cousin Tybalt’s death, and her father, Capulet, thinks that they should marry even sooner so that Juliet becomes happy again and forget her loss. Friar still remarks to himself that the marriage should be delayed because Juliet is already married to Romeo and nobody knows it.
After a while, Juliet enters and Paris talks to her very fanciful and caringly. However, Juliet’s respond is completely neutral and she reminds him that they’re still not married. After that, Friar Lawrence sends Paris away so that he can hear Juliet’s confession. Before leaving, Paris kisses Juliet once. After Juliet and Friar are alone, Juliet cries for help, carrying a knife and threatening Friar that she will kill herself rather than marrying Paris. Friar suggests a smart plan, which is that Juliet must pretend that she wants to marry Paris, and then on the night before wedding, she will drink a sleeping potion which removes all the signs of life from her body temporarily for a while. In the meantime, Friar will send a message to Romeo notifying him of their plan. Then, Juliet will be put in the Capulet’s tomb, where Friar and Romeo will wait for her to wake up. Finally, she will go to Mantua with Romeo and there they’ll live happily ever after. Juliet agrees with the plan enthusiastically, so Friar Lawrence gives her the potion. Act 4, Scene 2
Juliet goes home, and finds Capulet and Lady Capulet preparing for the wedding. Capulet is surprised when Juliet apologizes, accuses her resistance against this marriage and expresses her willingness for it. Capulet is so happy that he brings the marriage one day sooner, which is on Wednesday. Juliet goes to her chamber and pretends that she’s preparing for tomorrow, while Capulet rushes to Paris’ house to inform him the news. Act 4, Scene 3
In her room, Juliet asks Nurse to leave her alone tonight. She says that she “has need of many orisons to move the heavens to smile upon her state”. Then Lady Capulet comes in and Juliet repeats her request. When she’s alone in her room, she brings out Friar Lawrence’s potion while thinking about the things that might happen if she drinks it. There’s a possibility that Friar has given her a deadly poison to kill her and hide his role in her secret marriage to Romeo. There’s also a probability that she might get very scared in the tomb if Romeo arrives late for some reason. Then, she gets the vision in which she sees Tybalt’s ghost seeking for Romeo. She ask Tybalt to quit his search and drinks Friar’s vial. Act 4, Scene 4
Next morning, in the early time, Capulet’s house is full of people making haste to prepare for this sudden marriage. It’s almost the time so Capulet sends the Nurse to go and wake Juliet. When Nurse goes to Juliet’s room, she finds her dead and begins to mourn. Capulet and Lady Capulet arrive quickly and join Nurse’s wailing. Meanwhile Paris, Friar Laurence and a group of musicians arrive for the wedding. When they find out what has happened, Paris starts mourning as well and Friar Lawrence keeps reminding them that Juliet is in heaven now and suggests everyone to get ready for her funeral.
In the main hall, the musicians begin to pack up and leave. Peter enters and requests them to play a cheerful song. The musicians didn’t agree so Peter insults them and leaves. Then the musicians decide to wait so that they might get a free lunch before leaving.