Act 5 Scene 2

Time: Thursday morning
Location: Frair Lawrence cell
Characters: Frair Lawrence, Frair John
Events: At Friar Lawrence’s cell he speaks with Friar John, who he had earlier sent to Mantua with a letter for Romeo about Juliet’s fake death. He asks John how Romeo responded to his letter about his plan for Juliet’s fake death. Friar John replies that he was unable to deliver the letter because he was shut up in a quarantined house due to an outbreak of plague. Friar Lawrence becomes upset and worried, realizing that if Romeo does not know about Juliet’s false death, there will be no one to retrieve her from the tomb when she awakes. Meanwhile, Romeo has found out about Juliet’s death and believes that it is real. Friar Lawrence decides that he will have to rescue Juliet from the tomb on his own. He sends another letter to Romeo to warn him about what has happened and plans to keep Juliet in his cell until Romeo arrives.

Quote: “poor living corse, clos’d in a dead man’s tomb!”- Friar Lawrence

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