Detailed Timeline Chronology of Events of Romeo and Juliet with Quotes
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Some Time in the Recent Past:
The Past: The Feud Between Romeo and Juliet’s Families
The feud flares up:
Romeo suffers for love of Rosaline
Many a morning hath he [Romeo] there been seen,
With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew,
Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs . . . . (1.1.131-133)
Capulets and Montagues
The First Day (Sunday, a little more than two weeks before Lammas-tide, August 1):
Before dawn: Benvolio and Romeo wander in the woods
- Benvolio: Madam, an hour
before the worshipp’d sun
Peer’d forth the golden window of the east,
A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad;
Where, underneath the grove of sycamore
That westward rooteth from the city’s side,
So early walking did I see your son . . . . (1.1.123)
Morning (shortly before 9:00 a.m): Prince Escalus breaks up a brawl between the Capulets and Montagues, orders Capulet and Montague to confer with him.
- Prince Escalus: You Capulet; shall
go along with me:
And, Montague, come you this afternoon,
To know our further pleasure in this case . . . . (1.1.99-101)
Morning(shortly after 9:00 a.m.): Benvolio tries to counsel Romeo about his hopeless love for Rosaline.
- Benvolio: Good-morrow, cousin.
Romeo: Is the day so young?
Benvolio: But new struck nine. (1.1.160-161)
Afternoon: Capulet returns from his conference with Prince Escalus and invites Paris to his feast.
- Capulet: But Montague is
bound as well as I,
In penalty alike; and ’tis not hard, I think,
For men so old as we to keep the peace. (1.2.1-3)
- Capulet: This night I hold an old accustom’d feast . . . . (1.2.20)
Late Afternoon: Lady Capulet and the Nurse discuss Juliet’s age. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Paris wants to marry her.
- Lady Capulet: Thou know’st my
daughter’s of a pretty age.
Nurse: Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
Lady Capulet: She’s not fourteen.
Nurse: I’ll lay fourteen of my teeth,–
And yet, to my teeth be it spoken, I have but four–
She is not fourteen. How long is it now
Lady Capulet: A fortnight and odd days.
Nurse: Even or odd, of all days in the year,
Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen. (1.3.10-17)
- Lady Capulet: What say you? can
you love the gentleman?
This night you shall behold him at our feast . . . . (1.3.79-80)
- Servingman: Madam, the guests
are come, supper served
up, you called, my young lady asked for, the nurse
cursed in the pantry, and every thing in extremity. I
must hence to wait; I beseech you, follow straight. (1.3.100-103)
Evening: Romeo and his friends go to Capulet’s house.
- Mercutio: Come, we burn
Romeo: Nay, that’s not so.
Mercutio: I mean, sir, in delay
We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day. (1.4.143-145)
- Benvolio: Supper is done, and we shall come too late. (1.4.105)
Night: Romeo jumps the wall into Capulet’s garden, hides from Benvolio and Mercutio.
- Benvolio: Come, he hath hid
himself among these trees,
To be consorted with the humorous night:
Blind is his love and best befits the dark. (2.1.30-32)
Late night to shortly before dawn: Romeo and Juliet exchange vows of love, plan to be married the next day.
- Juliet: ‘Tis almost morning; I would have thee gone . . . (2.2.176).
- Juliet: Good night, good
night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow. (2.2.184-185)
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The Second Day (Monday):
Dawn: Friar Laurence gathers herbs. Romeo asks the Friar to marry himself and Juliet.
Laurence: The grey-eyed morn smiles
on the frowning night . . . . .
Now, ere the sun advance his burning eye,
The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry,
I must up-fill this osier cage of ours . . . (2.3.1-7).
Laurence:Thou art up-roused by some distemperature;
Or if not so, then here I hit it right,
Our Romeo hath not been in bed to-night. (2.3.40-42)
9:00 a.m.: Juliet sends the Nurse to Romeo.
At what o’clock to-morrow
Shall I send to thee?
Romeo: At the hour of nine. (2.2.167-168)
The clock struck nine
when I did send the nurse;
In half an hour she promised to return. (2.5.1-2)
Noon: The Nurse finds Romeo, who tells her to tell Juliet to meet him at Friar Laurence’s cell that afternoon.
God ye good morrow,
Mercutio: God ye good den, fair gentlewoman.
Nurse: Is it good den?
Mercutio: ‘Tis no less, I tell you, for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon. (2.4.109-113)
Now is the sun upon the
Of this day’s journey, and from nine till twelve
Is three long hours, yet she [the Nurse] is not come. (2.5.9-11).
Marriage of Romeo and Juliet
Early Afternoon: Romeo and Juliet are married.
An Hour Later: Tybalt kills Mercutio, and Romeo kills Tybalt.
My very friend, hath got
his mortal hurt
In my behalf; my reputation stain’d
With Tybalt’s slander,–Tybalt, that an hour
Hath been my kinsman! (3.1.110-113).
Shortly Before Nightfall: Juliet longs for Romeo to come to her, then learns that Romeo is banished. The Nurse promises to send Romeo to Juliet that night.
Gallop apace, you
Towards Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner
As Phaëthon would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately. (3.2.1-4)
- Nurse: Hark ye, your Romeo will be here at night. (3.2.140)
Night: Friar Laurence sends Romeo to Juliet.
- Friar Laurence: Give me thy hand; ’tis late: farewell; good night. (3.3.172)
Late Night: Capulet arranges for the wedding of Juliet to Paris three days hence, Thursday.
‘Tis very late, she’ll
not come down to-night:
I promise you, but for your company,
I would have been a-bed an hour ago. (3.4.5-7)
Wife, go you to her ere
you go to bed;
Acquaint her here of my son Paris’ love,
And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next–
But, soft! what day is this?
Paris: Monday, my lord.
Capulet: Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon,
O’ Thursday let it be: o’ Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl. (3.4.15-21)
The Third Day (Tuesday):
Dawn: Romeo, after spending his wedding-night with Juliet, departs for Mantua.
- Romeo:It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
I must be gone and live, or stay and die. (3.5.6-11)
Sometime During the Day: Friar Laurence hears from Paris that he and Juliet are to be married on Thursday. Paris, encountering Juliet at Friar Laurence’s cell, reminds her that they are to be married on Thursday. Friar Laurence gives Juliet the sleeping potion and tells her the rest of his plan.
- Friar Laurence: On Thursday, sir?
the time is very short.
Paris: My father Capulet will have it so,
And I am nothing slow to slack his haste. (4.1.1-3)
- Paris: Happily met, my lady
and my wife!
Juliet: That may be, sir, when I may be a wife.
Paris: That “may be” must be, love, on Thursday next. (4.1.18-20)
- Friar Laurence: Hold, then; go home,
be merry, give consent
To marry Paris: Wednesday is to-morrow:
To-morrow night look that thou lie alone;
Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber:
Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
And this distilling liquor drink thou off . . . . (4.1.89-94)
- Friar Laurence: And in this borrow’d
likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt continue two and forty hours,
And then awake as from a pleasant sleep. (4.1.104-106)
- Friar Laurence: In the mean time,
against thou shalt awake,
Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,
And hither shall he come: and he and I
Will watch thy waking, and that very night
Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua (4.1.113-117)
Late Afternoon: Juliet tells her father that she has repented her opposition to the marriage to Paris, and Capulet moves the wedding up a day, from Thursday to Wednesday, which is the next morning.
- Capulet: Send for the County;
go tell him of this:
I’ll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning. (4.2.24)
- Juliet: Nurse, will you go
with me into my closet,
To help me sort such needful ornaments
As you think fit to furnish me to-morrow?
Lady Capulet: No, not till Thursday; there is time enough.
Capulet: Go, nurse, go with her: we’ll to church to-morrow.
Lady Capulet: We shall be short in our provision,
‘Tis now near night. (4.2.33-39)
Romeo and Juliet Pass Away
Night: Juliet takes the sleeping potion.
- Juliet: Ay, those attires
are best, but, gentle nurse,
I pray thee, leave me to myself to-night . . . (4.3.1-2)
- Juliet: So please you, let
me now be left alone,
And let the nurse this night sit up with you;
For, I am sure, you have your hands full all,
In this so sudden business.
Lady Capulet: Good night.
Get thee to bed, and rest; for thou hast need. (4.3.9-14)
The Fourth Day (Wednesday):
Dawn: Everyone in the Capulet household, having been up all night preparing the wedding feast, is still at it when Paris arrives and the Nurse goes to wake Juliet.
- Capulet: Come, stir, stir,
stir! the second cock hath crow’d,
The curfew-bell hath rung, ’tis three o’clock. (4.4.3-4)
Sometime During the Day: Romeo hears from Balthasar that Juliet is dead and determines to join her in death that night.
- Romeo: Is it even so? then
I defy you, stars!
Thou know’st my lodging: get me ink and paper,
And hire post-horses; I will hence to-night. (5.1.24-26)
- Romeo: Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night (5.1.34)
Evening: Friar Laurence learns from Friar John that the letter to Romeo was never delivered and realizes he must go Juliet’s tomb alone, because she will awake within three hours.
- Friar Laurence: Now must I to the
Within three hours will fair Juliet wake (5.2.24-25)
Night to Dawn: Paris comes to Juliet’s tomb. After Romeo kills Paris and commits suicide, Friar Laurence, coming to take Juliet away, discovers the bodies of Paris and Romeo. Paris’ Page leads the Watch to Juliet’s tomb. Prince Escalus arrives at the tomb, then Montague and the Capulets. Prince Escalus, after conducting an investigation, sends everyone away.
- Paris: Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof. (5.3.1)
- Paris: The boy gives
warning something doth approach.
What cursed foot wanders this way to-night,
To cross my obsequies and true love’s rite?
What with a torch! muffle me, night, awhile. (5.3.18-21)
- Friar Laurence: Bliss be upon you!
Tell me, good my friend,
What torch is yond, that vainly lends his light
To grubs and eyeless skulls? as I discern,
It burneth in the Capel’s monument. (5.3.124-127)
- Page: This is the place; there, where the torch doth burn. (5.3.171)
- Prince: What misadventure is
so early up,
That calls our person from our morning’s rest? (5.3.188-189)
- Prince: Come, Montague; for
thou art early up,
To see thy son and heir more early down. (5.3.208-209)
- Prince: A glooming peace
this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head (5.3.305-306)
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