In Romeo and Juliet, what is the friar's attitude towards the county Paris?

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andrewnightingale eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The friar does not say much about the County Paris throughout the play, even when he is in conversation with him. The only significant remark he makes about him is at the end when he testifies to the Prince about his role in the unfortunate events which led to the deaths of Romeo, Juliet and Paris. In his confession he partly states:

... But when I came, some minute ere the time
Of her awaking, here untimely lay
The noble Paris and true Romeo dead ...

The friar's use of 'noble' can have a twofold meaning. He might be referring simply to Paris' aristocratic lineage or stating that Paris was an honorable and respected individual, which is a personality trait. 

On the whole, it appears that Friar Lawrence was quite neutral about Paris since he does not express any judgement or divulge his perception of him, except in the above extract. In terms of his reference here, we can assume that his attitude was that he respected Paris by virtue of his aristocratic status and that he also deemed him to be an upright person -  someone who is bereft of any malicious purpose or intent.