Balthasar is Romeo’s manservant.
He brings the rope ladder to the Nurse for her to leave in Juliet’s room. Hearing the news of Juliet’s death, he hurries to Mantua to inform his master of it. He accompanies Romeo to the Capulet tomb. When ordered to leave, however, he instead decides to hide nearby and watch what happens, being afraid of Romeo’s intent. When Friar Laurence arrives, he tells all he knows, but still does not dare to follow the friar into the tomb.