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What quote from act 3 of Romeo and Juliet best expresses that the two main characters are willing to die if they cannot be together?

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When Juliet's nurse first tells her that Tybalt is dead, the nurse does not actually say right away who has been killed, leading Juliet to believe that she is talking about Romeo. When Juliet asks if Romeo has "slain himself," she requests a one-syllable response—aye or nay—and, yet, the nurse only describes the "bloody piteous corse" that made her swoon (3.2.51, 60). Assuming that the nurse is describing Romeo's dead body, Juliet says,

O break, my heart, poor bankrout, break at once!
To prison, eyes; ne'er look on liberty.
Vile earth to earth resign; end motion here,
And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier. (3.2.63–66)

Here, Juliet addresses parts of her body because she longs to die rather than live without Romeo. She tells her heart to break, and she tells her eyes to close forever. She commands her body to go into the earth, suggesting that her body and Romeo's can now share one resting place.

Later, when Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that the Prince has sentenced him to banishment rather...

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