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What are some decisions that Friar Laurence made in Romeo and Juliet where he relied on logic or emotion? Please include specific evidence.

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Friar Lawrence made the decision to marry Romeo and Juliet. He thought the marriage might help mend the rift between the Montague and Capulet families. In Act II scene III he says, "For this alliance may so happy prove / To turn your households' rancor to pure love." By 'alliance' he means marriage, and by 'rancor' he means bitterness. So Friar Lawrence decides to agree to the marriage in the hopes that it will help smooth out the problems between the two feuding families.

Later, when Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence feeling hopeless, Friar Lawrence's feelings of pity and sympathy lead him to...

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