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chain me with roaring bears, Or hide me nightly in a channel-house, O'ercover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones
Paris is visiting Friar Lawrence, in his cell, making arrangements for the wedding. Juliet, in search of Romeo, enters the chapel and finds Paris there. She cleverly pushes aside Paris's attempts to speak of the wedding and Paris leaves. Alone with the Friar, Juliet tells him that she has no wish to marry Paris and she gives way to her grief for Romeo, threatening to kill herself.
The Friar suggests a plan to save the situation. Juliet will take a potion that will make her appear dead for 48 hours. She will be placed in the Capulet tomb where Romeo can meet her and then lead her away from Verona. Juliet approves of the plan.
The Capulets are preparing for the wedding. Happy to know that she will be reunited with Romeo, Juliet returns home and apologizes to her father for her disobedience. She assures him that she will obey him, but the wedding day is changed.
Despis'd, distressed,hated,martyr'd,kill'd! Uncomfortable time why cam'st thou now To murder murder our solemnity
Juliet convinces Lady Capulet and the Nurse to let her sleep alone that night. Juliet keeps a knife nearby in case the potion should fail. Although she is frightened she decides to drink the Friar's potion and falls to her bed, motionless.
The Capulet family starts preparing for the wedding.Wedding decorations are everywhere and Lord Capulet is overseeing the finishing touches. The Nurse goes to wake Juliet.
The Nurse enters Juliet's room and attempts to wake Juliet. After being unsuccessful the Nurse believes Juliet to be dead. She alerts the entire household. Juliet cannot be woken, so Lord Capulet orders that the wedding decorations must be changed to funeral directions.
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