And we mean well in going to this masque, But 'tis not wit to go.
Why, may one ask?
And so did I. It was that dreamers often lie. Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairies' midwife, and she is no bigger than an agate stone. She goes through lovers' brains and then they dream of love, on courtiers' knees, that dream on cur'sies straight.
I dreamt a dream tonight.
This wind you talk of blows us from ourselves.Supper is done, and we shall come too late.
I fear there is some consequence hanging in the stars. By some vile forfeit of my untimely death.
Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo, and a few other men are in this scene. Benvolio and Mercutio are trying to convince Romeo to go to the festival the Capulets are throwing. Although, Romeo is hesitant to go.
Romeo explains to Mercutio that he had a dream and has an uneasy feeling about it. Mercutio says that dreams often lie. This is due to the fact that Queen Mab, the fairies' midwife, comes at night and makes people dream. Romeo sees how Mercutio is going so deep into the topic, and instead of Mercutio calming Romeo down the opposite occurs. Benvolio then tells Mercutio he is taking too long with his lengthy explanation, and they will be late for their dinner.
Romeo explains why he is fearful of the events in his dream. Mercutio and Benvolio listen to him, anxious to get to dinner and to give in to fear of the future.