What four accounts does the Prince hear in Romeo and Juliet?Act 5 scene 3

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The first account is given by the First Watchman who reveals to the Prince that Romeo and Paris are dead and Juliet, who was already thought to be dead, had apparently come back to life and died again.  He also brings him Friar Lawrence who is in possession of a crow bar capable of opening a tomb.

The second account is the most in depth and was given by Friar Lawrence, who knew more than anyone else about the events that led up to the evening.  He explained how Romeo and Juliet fell in love and he married them secretly in hopes it would end the feud between the Capulets and Montegues.  He said he was planning on revealing the truth, but then Romeo killed Tybalt and the Prince banned Romeo from Verona complicating the situation.  He said the problems only magnified when Lord Capulet forced Juliet to marry Paris, a request she couldn't follow through with under God.  The Friar then confesses to offering Juliet a potion that would make her appear dead, knowing she would be taken to the Capulet vault.  Romeo would then sneak back into the Verona, meet up with her at the vault, and they would live together happily ever after.  This plan fell through, though, when the Friar’s assistant could not send the message due to the quarantine enacted at the border.  Knowing the plan would fail, the Friar said he rushed to the vault to reach Juliet just as she was waking up.  He said he feared she would harm herself, so he offered to take her to a convent, but she declined so he left.

The third account is by Balthazar who explains how Romeo learned of Juliet’s death when he traveled to Mantua to tell him of the tragedy.  The two then traveled to the tomb, where Romeo gave him a letter to give to his father.  Balthazar then said he left the scene because Romeo threatened him if he did otherwise.

The fourth account is given by the Page who testifies Paris came to the vault to bring flowers to Juliet, but a man with a torch opened the tomb and the two began to fight.  The Page said he ran to get the Watchman as soon as the fighting started.