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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Translation Act 5, Scene 2

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FRIAR JOHN enters.

FRIAR JOHN

Holy Franciscan Friar! Brother, ho!

FRIAR JOHN

Holy Franciscan Friar! Brother, hey!

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.

FRIAR LAWRENCE enters.

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 ere 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

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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

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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

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FRIAR JOHN

Brother, I’ll go and bring it thee.

FRIAR JOHN

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FRIAR JOHN exits.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

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

FRIAR LAWRENCE

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Exit FRIAR LAWRENCE.

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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.