“Idiotic” is a short story that explores the internal conflicts of the nurse when she is told to convey the news that Juliet wants to marry Romeo to him.
The nurse in the original play Romeo and Juliet is told as a realist, whereas Romeo and Juliet are idealists, so throughout this short story, the factor of her realistic thoughts appear consistently. The conversations between the nurse and her servant Peter show her thought process of whether or not she should help Juliet marry Romeo, who is apart of her rival’s family.
Describing the morning sky at the beginning of the story with words like “vibrant” and “delicate” helps paint an image of the setting in the audiences’ mind, and set the tone of the rest of the story. The contrast in words: “delicate” and “hectic” also foreshadows the conflict that the nurse will the experiencing later on in the story. Another way contrast is shown in this short story is the distinction of age between the nurse, Peter, and Juliet. When the nurse is describing herself, she uses words like “old” and “undesirable,” however when it comes to the rest of them, she uses “naive,” “blooming” and “young,” this depicts the nurse as a motherly figure to both Peter and Juliet. Peter, the servant in the story, is portrayed as more of a friend than a servant to the nurse since the way he talks is in a very casual way, but at the same time, he still shows respect to her.
Vibrant rays of the sun began warming the day before the clock even struck noon, soft green leaves danced on the trees while the delicate summer breeze carried them into the hectic streets of Verona. The young Peter hurried along with his master, taking a love note from the elegant, blooming Capulet, daughter.
“Peter, do you believe in ‘true love’?” The fair lady blurted out.
“Yes, of course.”
“I’ve never understood the concept of ‘true love.’ Maybe it’s because I am now old and undesirable, but even when I was at your age, I never found love compelling.” The nurse remarked with a sigh, “how come after one short night they could fall so deeply in love? Is Juliet’s beauty so mesmerizing that Romeo would fall so profoundly in love with her, or is it just puberty toying with his emotions.”
“Juliet is still a naive child, I’m sure that she will overcome her irrational thoughts as soon as she meets another eligible young man.”
The nurse murmured under her breath, “But what if she doesn’t.” Images and ideas rushed through her mind as she slowly shuffled through the crowded main street. The two most potent families in Verona, the Montagues and the Capulet’s only descendants falling in love with one another, could bring nothing but harm to their families.
“Whatever shall I do Peter, if I allow Juliet to follow through on her idiotic idea of getting married to Romeo, then the streets of Verona will be drenched in the blood of both families.” She cried, “But if I don’t act, then Juliet would have to marry that rich fool Paris and will never be happy.”
“Having her marry Paris might not be a bad idea, after all, it would not only save her a heartbreak, but it could also save the families from breaking out into war again.”
“Still, letting her fall in love with Romeo could be the more superior option for both families,” The old nurse simpered, “their love could overcome the astonishing amount of hatred their families have had for each other for all these generations!”
A smirk stretched across Peter’s face, “My lady, considering the years of rivalry that the Montagues and Capulets have had, two children’s love for one and another won’t make a difference in their battle.”
The brunette woman’s eyes wandered across the area and pinpointed three dark haired men. “Well, it’s too late now.”
Slowly, the nurse and her youthful servant walked to the three men.
“Good morning, gentlemen.”