Question: What news does Balthasar bring from Verona? What change, immediate, radical, is wrought
in Romeo by this news?
Answer: Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead: "Her body sleeps in Capel's monument/And her immortal part with angels lives" (5.1).
Romeo's lack of self-restraint gives way to calm and absolute self-control; to defiance of Fate; to a
settled determination not to live without Juliet.
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