In Act 3 Scene iii, what plan for the future does the Friar propose to Romeo?

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Go get thee to thy love, as was decreed,
Ascend her chamber, hence and comfort her.
But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,(155)
Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back
With twenty hundred thousand times more joy
Than thou went'st forth in lamentation.(160)
Go before, Nurse. Commend me to thy lady,
And bid her hasten all the house to bed,
Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto.
Romeo is coming. (III.iii.152-64)

Friar Lawrence, who has been trying to comfort the nearly hysterical Romeo, gives Romeo a plan with benefit of the information from the Nurse.  Since Romeo has killed Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, he is banished from Verona.  Juliet and Romeo are newly married, and Juliet's family doesn't know of the marriage yet.  Because of this the Friar instructs the Nurse to tell Juliet to wait for Romeo, and to hurry her family to bed so that Romeo may enter the Capulet house unnoticed.  Romeo will visit Juliet, but he will leave before the city watchmen go out so that he may slip out of Verona and go to Mantua.  In Mantua he will stay, with his manservant, and tell the world of his marriage, reconcile his friends to both his marriage and his self-defense killing of Tybalt, and beg the pardon of the Prince.  Eventually, the Friar says, he will be pardoned and welcomed back to Verona with tremendous joy.  He counsels Romeo to obey the banishment, think no more of suicide, and wait in Mantua for the tide to turn more to his favor. 

Go hence; good night; and here stands all your state:
Either be gone before the watch be set,
Or by the break of day disguis'd from hence.
Sojourn in Mantua. I'll find out your man,(175)
And he shall signify from time to time
Every good hap to you that chances here.
Give me thy hand. 'Tis late. Farewell; good night.

Here the Friar tells Romeo that he will communicate with him through his servant.  This servant will go with him to Mantua.  The Friar thinks that this is the best plan of action, and this is what Romeo undertakes to do. 

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