One day he called them all to him and said to them, "My daughters, how much do you love me?
Mercutio tries to persuade Romeo to dance at Capulet's feast, but Romeo insists that he is too sadly love-lorn to do anything but hold a torch. Then Romeo says it's not wise to go to the feast at all, because of a dream he had. Mercutio mocks Romeo's belief in his dream by going on and on about "Queen Mab," but Romeo is sure that some terrible fate awaits him.
Nevertheless, he goes into the feast with his friends. In the previous scene, a servingman told Lady Capulet and Juliet that the feast was already beginning.
Now, at about the same time of evening, we see what is happening just outside Capulet's door. Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and some others are about to make an appearance at the feast. Mercutio may be an invited guest, but Romeo and Benvolio, Montague kin, certainly are not.
Nevertheless, they are not malicious party-crashers. They have masks, they are prepared to dance, and they have an introductory speech written. As the scene opens we hear Romeo, who may have a copy of the speech in his hand, saying "What, shall this speech be spoke for excuse?
Benvolio wants to go right on in, so he declares that "The date is out of such prolixity" 1. Then he mocks what used to be done: Lath is cheap wood, suitable only for making a fake bow, and a "Tartar's bow" is short and arched like Cupid's bow. Benvolio is making fun of maskers who used to have one of their number dress up as Cupid to make a pretty speech about love.
Such a prologue was supposed to be memorized, but the person who delivered the speech usually stumbled through it with much help from a prompter who had the speech written down.
So, away with all that, says Benvolio. Let the guests at the feast think what they want to, he says, "We'll measure [give] them a measure [dance]and be gone" 1. Benvolio's speech about what they're going to do makes us understand what kind of thing they're up to.
It's going to be fun. They're going to make the festivities more festive by being quick, being gone, and leaving everyone wondering. But Romeo is not in the mood. He says, "Give me a torch: As a torch-bearer, he wouldn't wear a mask or do any dancing.
He's being a party-pooper, and why? Because he's "heavy," depressed, melancholy. He does make a little pun on the word "light," but he's still ruining the fun. For the rest of the scene Mercutio tries to talk Romeo into a better mood, but Romeo constantly resists, using word-play as his defensive weapon.
A "common bound" is an ordinary leap in a dance; Mercutio is telling Romeo that love can give him the power to make an extraordinary leap. Dancers were proud of their high leaps; Queen Elizabeth's were famous.
Romeo replies that he can't borrow Cupid's wings because he has been so badly wounded by Cupid's arrow. At this point Mercutio switches tactics, and tries some dirty jokes. This means that if Romeo is going to blame "burden" love for his state of mind, he will only sink further into love.
It also means that if he gets what he wants sex he will sink into the woman and be a burden to her. Mercutio's general point is that Romeo is taking himself way too seriously, but Romeo is not convinced. He says that love is not a "tender thing" at all, but rough and "pricks like thorn" 1. In Mercutio's view, Romeo's love-sickness is caused by a lack of sex; if he'd just have some, he'd get over thinking that he needs to be in love.A summary of Act 1, scene 5 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
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