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There has been a change in plans. Juliet is frantic because her father has moved up the wedding date which will join Paris and Juliet in marriage. Juliet wants to die. I had to intervene to keep Juliet from taking her own life. I realized I had no choice. I had to stop the wedding.
To prevent the wedding from taking place, I have devised a plan that I believe will work. I will give Juliet a sleeping potion which causes her to appear as if she is dead. Her family will believe their beloved dughter is dead and have a funeral procession and proper burial. For forty-two hours, Juliet will only be sleeping. After the potion wears off, she will awaken. You are to be there when she awakes. Then you can rescue her from the tomb. The two of you can run away together.
This will give me time to work out the feud between your parents. I will counsel both the Capulets and Montagues on the foolishness of carrying on a destructive feud all these years. It is time for the two familes to come together. When I can reunite the two feuding families, I will send word to you and Juliet. Do not return until I have sent word that it is safe to return home. I will be praying for a safe and successful outcome for this plan. God be with you and the dear Juliet.
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