In Romeo and Juliet do the feuding families end up getting along?

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The scions of the Capulets and the Montagues are summoned to the crypt when Romeo and Juliet's bodies are discovered. After hearing the story of the star-crossed lovers from the Friar and Balthasar, the Prince turns to Capulet and Montague and places the blame for the tragedy on them, as well as, indirectly, himself:

Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague!
See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.
And I for winking at your discords too
Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd.

Confronted with the outcome of their feud, both men are contrite. Capulet offers his hand to Montague, saying that it is the least he can do in apology for Romeo's death. The two clasp hands, and each promises to build a memorial to the others' offspring. The Prince does not make it clear what the consequences will be, saying "some shall be pardon'd, and some punish'd," but it seems clear that the two feuding families have been reconciled at the cost of their children's lives.


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