I need evidence of Friar Lawrence marrying Romeo and Juliet in secret.

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In Act 2, scene 4, Romeo is horsing around in the streets with his friends, but when Juliet's nurse approaches him in order to learn what arrangements he has made for his marriage to Juliet, he and she retire to speak privately of it.  Romeo purposely gets rid of Benvolio and Mercutio, telling them, "I will follow you," when Mercutio asks if he will go with them to his father's house (2.4.144).  Only after Romeo's friends depart does he tell the nurse of his plans.  He says, "Bid [Juliet] devise / Some means to come to shrift this afternoon, / And there she shall at Friar Lawrence' cell / Be shrived and married" (2.4.183-185).  His instruction, then, is that Juliet should make up a story, some reason that she needs to go to confession this afternoon; instead, however, when she gets there, she and Romeo will be wed.  Juliet would not have to lie about the reason for her going to church if the marriage were not a secret.  Further, at the end of Act 2, scene 6, it is only Friar Lawrence, Romeo, and Juliet who exit the scene to take part in their wedding; the absence of other guests indicate that the wedding is taking place in secret (2.6.38).

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