2 surprising famous Romeo and Juliet scenes — it's not what you think
"Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
What other scene in Romeo and Juliet has its own Urban Dictionary page? Not many.
When I was in the 9th grade, we were all required to read Romeo and Juliet regardless of which track one was in regarding their English class. This scene was the most quoted scene and for a good reason: It is funny
Yes that's right. People love humor.
The reason for this is because a huge production is being made for the simple act of what is equivalent to flipping someone off.
This is not the only scene that people find funny. Romeo and Juliet is known for featuring a sex joke that many students will miss.
... For even the day before, she broke her brow: And then my husband-God be with his soul! A' was a merry man-took up the child: 'Yea,' quoth he, 'dost thou fall upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit; Wilt thou not, Jule?' and, by my holidame, The pretty wretch left crying and said 'Ay.' To see, now, how a jest shall come about! I warrant, an I should live a thousand years, I never should forget it: 'Wilt thou not, Jule?' quoth he; And, pretty fool, it stinted and said 'Ay.'
In this scene the Nurse is recalling a moment in which Juliet was younger. The nurse states that when Juliet is older she will fall backwards instead of forwards. To fall backwards means to have sex with someone. She finds this very funny.
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