How can the quote"Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" be translated into Modern English?
- "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" = The blood of the citizens of Verona makes the hands of the citizens both bloody and uncivilized; that is, not polite, and possibly murderous. [Please see further explanation below]
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
- Literal meaning, or denotation: The citizens have blood on them and are not clean--"civil blood"
- Implied meaning, or connotation: Such hands are not those of truly civilized (polite and mannerly) men--"civil hands unclean."