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Where is this quote from? I think it's Shakespeare."And, when he shall die, Take...

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hailqueentracey | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 7, 2008 at 11:57 PM via web

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Where is this quote from? I think it's Shakespeare.

"And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun."

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 8, 2008 at 12:58 AM (Answer #1)

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You're right. It is Shakespeare. This quote is from Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 2. You can find just about any quote at eNotes by entering a few of the words of the quote and doing a search.

At this point, Juliet is impatiently waiting for the night to come so she and Romeo can be together on their wedding night. Her excitement is short-lived, however. She speaks these lines before the Nurse enters and tells her that Romeo has killed Tybalt. At first, Juliet thinks Romeo is dead because the Nurse doesn't specify who is dead, just saying "he". Tybalt's death by Romeo's hand changes everything, of course. This signals the downward spiral for the two lovers, leading to her parents' insistence of her marriage to Paris, Friar Laurence's plan to make Juliet appear dead, and then the deaths of the young lovers.

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 8, 2008 at 1:05 AM (Answer #2)

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The quote is from Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet".  You can find it in Act II, Scene 2, the scene that takes place in Capulet's orchard; the lines themselves are lines 22-26. 

In this scene, Juliet is waiting anxiously for word from Romeo, who has promised to send her information as to the time and place for their wedding.  Instead, the Nurse enters with tragic news for all concerned - Juliet's cousin Tybalt is dead, by Romeo's hand.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM (Answer #3)

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Correct, this was a Shakespearean quote, and it could be found in one of his plays, Romeo and Juliet. It was found in Act III, scene 2, line 22-26. This scene took place in a room in Capulet's house, which is the orchard.

At that time, Juliet was waiting impatiently for nightfall to come so that she can celebrate her wedding night with her beloved Romeo. Then the Nurse came, looking very downcast and in serious agony, so her distress make her quite incomprehensible, so she was mislead to believe that Romeo was dead, as the nurse didn't say who was killed and keep on saying "Romeo". so Juliet thought that Romeo had died, but in fact, it was Romeo who killed Tybalt.

But this incident brought about serious consequences. It brought about a rift between the two families, and the collapse of the long-lasting relationship with each other. The two young lovers were soon be separated from each other.

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