Prince Escalus enters, followed first by the Capulets, and then by Montague, who says his wife has died of grief over Romeo's banishment. Friar Laurence explains to them everything that happened. Balthasar hands over the letter from Romeo to his father, which corroborates Friar Laurence's story. The Prince turns to the Montagues and Capulets and tells them that their hate is so terrible that "heaven finds means to kill your joys with love" (5.2.292). Montague and Capulet take each other's hands, promising to bury their grudge and to erect golden statues of Juliet and Romeo. Prince Escalus, mourning his own dead relatives, leads the group away.