You may remember that the character of the nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet helped the young lovers arrange their secret meetings and assignations. She realized that Romeo and Juliet were hopelessly in love, so the kind nurse hid their assignations from the young lovers’ parents, who were sworn enemies. Romeo and Juliet wanted to be with each other all the time, so it was necessary to arrange assignations to hide them from the sharp eyes of their parents.
Quiz: What is an assignation?
- A secret that a child hides from his or her parents.
- A secret kept by a devoted servant.
- A secret meeting between lovers.