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Note-taking strategy for Romeo and Juliet

Act: I Scene: i Setting: Streets of Verona
Characters in the scene: Sampson and Gregory – House of Capulet (Juliet)
Abram and Balthasar – House of Montague (Romeo)
Benvolio – Romeo’s cousin – House of Montague
Tybalt – Juliet’s cousin – House of Capulet
Lord and Lady Capulet
Lord and Lady Montague
Prince Escalus – Neutral
What happens: Capulet servants bite their thumbs at the Montague servants and start a fight. Makes
fun of the Montague’s. Flicks off the Montague’s by biting their thumbs and they start a fight with the
Montague’s, arguing who’s the better master. Benvolio doesn’t want to fight and wants to keep the
peace. Tybalt wants to fight and will do anything for a good fight. Benvolio is forced to fight to keep his
dignity. Prince Escalus breaks up the fight and is fed up with them. Tells them that if they disturb the
peace again, he’ll kill them all. Line 80 – line 91. Romeo goes all night under the Sycamore tree and locks
himself in his room all day. Won’t talk to his parents and doesn’t want to talk to anyone. Lord Montague
asks Benvolio to find out what is wrong with Romeo. Romeo is lovesick. Line 135. Line 171-177. Romeo
describes what he thinks love is. Line 184-188.
Important Quotes and who said them:
“Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word. By three, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the
quiet of our streets and made Verona’s ancient citizens cast by their grave beseeming ornaments to
wield old partisans, in the hands as old, cank’red with peace, to part your cank’red hate. If you ever
disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time all the rest depart
away. You, Capulet, shall go along with me: and, Montague, come you this afternood, to know out
farther pleasure in this case, to old Freetown, our common judgment place. Once more, on pain of
death, all men depart.” Prince Escalus.
“Black and portentous must this humor prove unless good counsel may the cause remove.” Lord
“Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love
feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?” Romeo.
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; being vexed,
a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a
preserving sweet.” Romeo.
“She’ll not b hit with cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit, and, in strong proof of chastity well armed.”
One-sentence Summary of what happens in the scene:

Scene: ii
Characters introduced: Paris
Lord Capulet
What happens: Paris is asking for Juliet’s hand in marriage. Lord Capulet said to wait at least two more
years to let her see the world and learn about the world around her. Juliet is the only child Lord Capulet
has and she is his everything. Tells Paris to woo her to get Juliet to fall in love with him. Capulet invites
Paris and everyone is going to be there.

Important quotes and who said them:
“Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.” Lord Capulet.

One-sentence Summary of what happens in the scene: