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Why doesn't the letter get to Romeo in Act V? The note from Frair Laurence of Juliet's...

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alymoemally | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2007 at 8:30 AM via web

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Why doesn't the letter get to Romeo in Act V?

The note from Frair Laurence of Juliet's 'death'

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ms-t | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 17, 2007 at 8:42 AM (Answer #1)

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The note from Friar Laurence never reaches Romeo because Friar John, who was to deliver the message, was quarantined in a house because they thought he had been exposed to the plague.

By the time that Friar John is able to relay this information to Friar Laurence, Romeo has already been told by Balthasar that Juliet has died and Romeo has returned to Verona.

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wnbaballa | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2007 at 10:19 AM (Answer #2)

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Friar Lawerence gave the message to Friar John, but Friar John gets caught in a delay with quarantine.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 22, 2007 at 11:49 AM (Answer #4)

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In Act V, Scene 2, Friar John is not able to get to Romeo because there was suspicion of a plague and anyone who was trying to enter Mantua was quarantined.  No one would take Friar Laurence's letter from Friar John because they were afraid they might catch the plague.  Therefore, Romeo never received word that Juliet was in a deep sleep, induced by herbs, and would wake up.

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