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In act 2, scene 3, what do we learn about the Friar when he gives a soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet?

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Act 2, scene 3 of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet opens with a soliloquy from Friar Lawrence, which serves as the audience's introduction to the character.

Friar Lawrence begins by setting the scene: "The grey eyed morn smiles on the frowning light." From this line, we learn that the tumultuous night of the Capulet's ball has given way to morning. He then goes on to recite his morning duties, which include tending to his plants and herbs—about which he is very knowledgeable.

Friar Lawrence is well-versed in nature and knows how to use plants to create medicines and poisons, which is the most important piece of information we learn about the Friar through this soliloquy. This mastery becomes important to the plot later in the play, and lines like:

Within the infant rind of this small flower

Poison hath residence...

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