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Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene Glossary (2.2)

I am no pilot (86)

Here Romeo unintentionally reiterates his earlier assertion that fate is his true pilot:

He that hath the steerage of my course
Direct my sail! (1.4.112-13)

Note how Romeo uses the same motif at the sorrowful end of the lovers' journey, apostrophizing the poison itself as his final pilot:

Thou bitter pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! (5.3.117-18)

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