Characters : Friar Laurence

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  • Friar Laurence
    • He is a man who has taken holy orders and is able to marry the lovers
    • He is also Romeo's friend and advisor
    • He is respected by Romeo and has what may be called sense of destiny , persuading himself that Romeo's and Juliet's marriage will end the conflict
    • He is a skilled herbalist and is able to make potions and medicines from plants and herbs he collects
    • During the play he :
      • Agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet
      • Shelters Romeo after his fight with Tybalt and his banishment
      • Conceives a plan to help the lovers to reunite at some point in the future
      • Gives Juliet the drug to make her appear dead
      • Is unable to send news of the plan to Romeo in Mantua in time
      • Is unable to stop Juliet from killing herself
    • Quotes
      • 'Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast '
      • 'Young men's love then lies/Not truly in the hearts, but in their eyes'
      • 'So smile the heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not'
      • ' these violent delights have violent ends '
      • "For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancor to pure love '

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