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In Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence preaches moderation and reason. Specifically, how does this statement contradict his behavior?

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Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, preaches moderation and reason. He stresses this particularly with Romeo. In Act Two, scene three, as Friar Lawrence learns not only of Romeo's dismissal of Rosaline from his heart, but also his newly found love of Juliet—a Capulet, his family's enemy—and the new couple's wish to marry immediately, he cautions Romeo. Friar Lawrence gives wise counsel, telling Romeo to move a little slower so that he does not "slip up."

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Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. (97)

This is, as said, excellent advice, but when Friar Lawrence comes up with his plan to have Juliet meet Romeo and Mantua—speeding things up by concocting a plan to fake Juliet's death to avoid her marriage to Paris—ironically, he does exactly what he had told Romeo not to do. The plan allows for Friar Lawrence to keep in touch with Romeo about what is happening, but there is no backup plan. No one in Juliet's house knows of the plan. Even though the Nurse...

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