What is a quote from Romeo and Juliet that shows Friar Laurence told someone that he could fix the two families' fight through marriage?

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lffinj eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 2, Scene 3, Romeo pays a visit to Friar Lawrence early in the morning to act Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juiet.  Friar Lawrence is surprised to see Romeo at such an early hour and inquires as to whether Romeo is concerned about something. 

"Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye,/And where care lodges, sleep will never lie" (2.3.37-38). 

Romeo replies that nothing is troubling him, and afer he tells Friar Lawrence that he has not been to bed, Friar Lawrence presumes he has been with Rosaline.  Once Romeo informs the Friar that he was with Juliet, the Friar is surprised and confused.  "Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!" (2.3.78).  After getting over his shock of the news, the Friar agrees to marry the two because he believes the marriage will end the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.  He says, 

"In one respect I'll thy assistant be,/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households' rancor to pure love" (2.3.97-99). 

Before Romeo leaves, the Friar advises Romeo to take his time with the relationship because, "They stumble that run fast" (2.3.101).

reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After meeting Juliet and instantly falling in love, Romeo decides to go to Friar Lawrence to seek his aid in wedding Juliet: "Hence will I to my ghostly father’s cell, His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell" (act 2, scene 2).

However, it is not until act 3, scene 3 that Friar Lawrence agrees to help the two young lovers in the attempt to end the feud between the two households, and he tells Romeo:

But come, young waverer, come, go with me

In one respect I’ll thy assistant be;

For this alliance may so happy prove,

To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.

In act 3, scene 4, the secret wedding takes place in the Friar's cell. The only other person who is made aware of the union of the two lovers is Nurse, who helps Juliet leave her home to keep the rendezvous with Romeo.


tonybrown eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Act II, Scene iii, lines 89-92 (Spoken by Fr. Lawrence to Romeo)

But come, young waverer, come, go with me,

In one respect I'll thy assistant be;

For this alliance may so happy prove,

To turn your households' rancour to pure love.

This comes at the end of the scene in which Romeo asks the Friar to marry him and Juliet.

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