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Note to Romeo and Juliet, 1.1.221-222: "She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, / To merit bliss by making me despair"


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Act 1, Scene 1, line 221.
She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, / To merit bliss by making me despair: Romeo uses religious terms here; Rosaline, by refusing romantic love, is earning heavenly rewards ("bliss"), but driving Romeo to the sin of despair. —Does Romeo's repeated use of "too" to describe Rosaline mean that she is overdoing her refusal to love, and therefore does not really "merit bliss," or does he mean that she is too good and beautiful for this world?