# Question afc43

Dec 8, 2017

Romeo went to the Capulet ball in order to see his crush Rosaline.
Act I, scene ii, lines 102-103

#### Explanation:

Romeo's friend Benvolio claims that the only reason Romeo thinks Rosaline is so great is that Romeo saw her when she was all alone, so there was no one to compare her to.

So has been egging on Romeo to go to the ball so he can compare Rosaline to other women. Benvolio thinks that comparing her will let Romeo realize that she's not as beautiful as Romeo thinks she is.

Romeo agrees to go, but he specifies that he isn't going in order to comply with Benvolio, but just for the chance to see Rosaline herself,

The passage is from Act I, scene ii, lines 102-103

$$BENVOLIO


Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,
(You  saw  her  when  she  was  by  herself.)

Herself poised with herself in either eye.
But in that crystal scales let there be weighed
(But let your  eyes  see  her  compared  to  other  women.)

That I will show you shining at the feast,
And she shall scant show well that now shows best.
(Then  she  won't  look  so  good)

ROMEO

I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, $\textcolor{w h i t e}{\ldots}$$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\ldots}$$102$
But to rejoice in splendor of mine own
.

(I  will  go to   this  partynot to compare  her, but just to $e n j o y$ seeing  her.)#

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