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Act 5, Scene 2


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Enter FRIAR JOHN

FRIAR JOHN enters.  

 

FRIAR JOHN
Holy Franciscan Friar! Brother, ho!

FRIAR JOHN
Holy Franciscan Friar! Brother, hey!

 

Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE

FRIAR LAWRENCE enters.  





 

FRIAR LAWRENCE
This same should be the voice of Friar John.
Welcome from Mantua. What says Romeo?
Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter.

FRIAR LAWRENCE
That voice sounds like Friar John. Welcome back from Mantua. What does Romeo say? Or, if he wrote down his thoughts, give me his letter.

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FRIAR JOHN
Going to find a barefoot brother out,
One of our order, to associate me,
Here in this city visiting the sick,
And finding him, the searchers of the town,
Suspecting that we both were in a house
Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth.
So that my speed to Mantua there was stayed.

FRIAR JOHN
I went to find another poor friar from our order to accompany me. He was in this city visiting the sick. I found him, but the town health officials suspected that we had both been in a house where people were infected with the plague. They sealed up the house and refused to let us out. So I was stuck, and couldn’t go to Mantua.

 

FRIAR LAWRENCE
Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?

FRIAR LAWRENCE
Then who took my letter to Romeo?

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FRIAR JOHN
I could not send it—here it is again—
(gives FRIAR LAWRENCE a letter)
Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,
So fearful were they of infection.

FRIAR JOHN
I couldn’t send it—Here it is (he gives FRIAR LAWRENCE a letter)—nor could I get a messenger to bring it to you because they were scared of getting infected.

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FRIAR LAWRENCE
Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood,
The letter was not nice but full of charge,
Of dear import, and the neglecting it
May do much danger. Friar John, go hence.
Get me an iron crow and bring it straight
Unto my cell.

FRIAR LAWRENCE
Terrible fate! By my brotherhood, the letter was not just a friendly greeting. It was full of important news. That it was never sent may result in great ruin. Friar John, go and get me an iron crowbar and bring it straight back to my cell.

 

FRIAR JOHN
 Brother, I’ll go and bring it thee.

FRIAR JOHN
Brother, I’ll go and bring it to you.

 

Exit FRIAR JOHN

FRIAR JOHN exits.  

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FRIAR LAWRENCE
Now must I to the monument alone.
Within this three hours will fair Juliet wake.
She will beshrew me much that ROMEOHath had no notice of these accidents.
But I will write again to Mantua,
And keep her at my cell till Romeo come.
Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!

FRIAR LAWRENCE
Now I must go to the crypt alone. Within three hours beautiful Juliet will wake. She’ll yell at me because Romeo doesn’t know what’s happening. I’ll write again to Mantua, and hide her in my cell until Romeo comes. That poor living corpse, locked inside a dead man’s tomb!

 

Exit

FRIAR LAWRENCE exits.  

 

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