Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Friar John


FRIAR JOHN

Holy Franciscan Friar, brother, ho!

Enter Friar Laurence


FRIAR

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.
mind (n.) 2 intention, purpose, intent


JOHN

Going to find a bare-foot brother out,

One of our order, to associate me
associate (v.) accompany, escort, join with

Here in this city visiting the sick,

And finding him, the searchers of the town,
searcher (n.) official appointed to view and report on corpses

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.
stay (v.) 8 stop, prevent, end


LAURENCE

Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?


JOHN

I could not send it – here it is again –

Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,

So fearful were they of infection.


LAURENCE

Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood,

The letter was not nice, but full of charge,
charge (n.) 9 weight, import, moment
nice (adj.) 5 trivial, unimportant, slight

Of dear import; and the neglecting it
dear (adj.) 2 important, major, significant
import (n.) importance, significance, consequence

May do much danger. Friar John, go hence.

Get me an iron crow and bring it straight
crow (n.) 1 crowbar
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Unto my cell.


JOHN

                         Brother, I'll go and bring it thee.

Exit Friar John
cell (n.) small humble dwelling


LAURENCE

Now must I to the monument alone.

Within this three hours will fair Juliet wake.

She will beshrew me much that Romeo
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 2 blame, censure, take to task, wish mischief on

Hath had no notice of these accidents.
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

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!
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count

Exit

 
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