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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Notes on "Romeo and Juliet" (13)

Act IV
Scene i 

Lines 6-7  Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt's death,
And therefore have I little talk'd of love
actually, Paris has never talked of love, not even before Tybalt's death

Line 75  That cop'st with death himself to scape from it
Friar Lawrence likens Juliet to Christ, see e.g. the Easter hymn of the Catholic Church, Victimae paschali laudes: "Mors et vita duello / conflixere mirando." Juliet herself in line 84 asks for a "new-made grave" like the one in which Jesus was laid (John 19.41). 

Line 110  In thy best robes, uncovered on the bier
"uncovered": a providential family custom -- not so in E. A. Poe's House of Usher

Scene ii

Line 15  See where she comes from shrift with merry look
Juliet may look merry because of the Friar's plan; but, more probably, the guilty Nurse tries to deceive herself with false hopes

Line 46-7  . . .  My heart is wondrous light
Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd
a parallel, according to Capulet; and a sad parody, from Shakespeare's viewpoint, of the parable of the lost son (Luke 15.32)