The Chorus begins the play with a short summary of the story that will unfold eventually. The Chorus discusses the setting, a small background of the feuding families, and Romeo and Juliet's unfortunate end.
"Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage. The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."(20)
A fight breaks out between the Montagues and the Capulets. The fight was started by Capulet servants, Sampson and Gregory. Montague and Capulet end up agruing and before they are able to fight citizens of Verona, police, and Prince Escalus interfeir and stop anything from going further.
"Thou villain Capulet: hold me not, let me go."(28)
Benvolio discovers that Romeo has been deeply sad over a women who he can't love. The woman, Rosaline swore to never wed and to keep her virginity because her goal is to become a nun. Benvolio is trying to convince Romeo to forget her and move on to find another woman to love. However, Romeo is set on the thought he will not find another woman as great as Rosaline.
"Be ruled by me, forget to think of her."(38)
Lady Capulet starts discussing marriage to Juliet. Lady Capulet wishes for Juliet to look out for possible partners at the party the Capulets will be throwing for her. Juliet agrees to looking for a future partner, however doesn't seem to willingly want to agree to marriage. We also discover the relationship between Nurse and Juliet. Nurse had been taking care of Juliet since birth, even breast feeding her. Nurse is beyond just a caretaker of Juliet, but also like another mother figure.
"It is an honour that I dream not of."(52)
"Marry, that marry is the very theme I came to talk of. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your dispositions to be married?"(52)
Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are on their way to the Capulet's home for the party they were invited to. On the way, they discuss plans on what they will be doing. Romeo refuses to dance, however is encouraged to by Benvolio and Mercutio.
"Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy I will bear the light."(56)
"Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance."(56)
"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight. For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."(68)
At the party Romeo and Juliet finally meet. Romeo forgets about Rosaline believing Juliet is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. However, they both discover their families are enemies. Both become very upset over the news, but still very much love each other.