How does William Shakespeare create falling action in his play Romeo and Juliet? Direct quotes would be great! Thank you! :)

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The falling action in this play is nearly as tragic as the death of the two teenagers, as the Friar, Capulet, Montague, and the Prince all work to untangle the stream of events.  The Friar has a long soliloquy at this point, explaining to the bystanders what exactly has transpired, and while his words and explanation might seem a little unbelieveable, he is validated when the Prince looks at the letter from Romeo, which corroborates everything the Friar has said.  At this point, Capulet and Montague, apparently exhausted and having lost interest in feuding, vow to honor each other's children publicly, and the Prince ends the play with these less-than-uplifting words:

A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

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