Romeo and Juliet
Act 5, Scene 2
Characters: Friar John, Friar Lawrence
Time: Friday Morning
Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell
Scene Summary: Friar John returns to Friar Lawrence’s cell, who should have delivered a letter to Romeo in Mantua explaining Friar Lawrence’s plan. Friar John explains how he was prevented from leaving Verona. Friar Lawrence is desperate to write another letter to Romeo and get it delivered to Mantua because Juliet will awake in Capulets tomb in the next three hours. This short time frame allows Romeo to travel from Mantua to Verona, arriving at the Capulet vault on Wednesday night ready to kill himself with his poison. Friar Lawrence makes plans to write an urgent letter to Romeo before heading over to Capulets tomb and retrieving Juliet by opening the tomb with an iron crowbar and hiding her in his cell until Romeo arrives to take her to Mantua.
Quote: Friar Lawrnce “Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!”