Peer had been living with Herr Gabriel a bit when he met the apothecary. As it so happened, the apothecary was itching to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet, in which, the apothecary’s daughter would make a perfect Juliet. It was noticed that Peer would make a lovely Romeo. The apothecary had to convince Madame Gabriel. He told her she would make a lovely Nurse.
It was Madame Gabriel’s job to convince, or “pump,” Herr Gabriel for permission to be in the play, which she secured. The play went on and all deemed it a success.
Meanwhile, the love inside of the story of Romeo and Juliet awakened a desire for love on Peer’s part. He thought of Miss Frandsen.
I am so tired of Romeo and Juliet. Yes, it’s a classic; we get it. It’s a love story; we get it. It’s a tragedy; we get it.
If you didn’t know, there are other stories like Romeo and Juliet in our world, some of them older than Shakespeare’s version. Generally, we refer to stories of this type as “star-crossed” lovers, because their love can never be, perhaps because their stars did not foretell it.
The story has been terribly overdone, everybody and their brother thinks it’s a requirement to do Romeo and Juliet, if they’re involved in theater. Can we get a new theater thing? How about A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which is actually funny or Once upon a Mattress, which is both a musical and funny, there’s also a love story in it as well.
There are only so many times you can watch or read a story about two teenage dorks who thought they were in love and ended up dying for it.
God: How did you die, my son.
Romeo: Well, I thought I was in love and I ended up killing myself.
God: You realize you were like fourteen, right?
This is the part of the story where Peer realizes there is such a thing as romantic love between two people. The story of Romeo and Juliet starts a stirring within Peer and I predict some other part of the story will deal with Peer trying to find love.
Meanwhile, Peer still lives in a crazy house. Madame still gives peer “punch” in the evenings. She’s a crass woman compared to other women of her status. Peer is learning both culture and crassness at his temporary home. It’s good to learn both, but if at all possible, we like to shield our children from it, at least a little bit.
What’s Peer going to pursue next?
Do you suppose Peer will find love in the future?
What did Herr Gabriel see in Madame Gabriel?