Back in Verona at the cell of Friar Lawrence, Friar John arrives after having supposed to send a letter to Romeo telling him about his plan for him and Juliet.
Holy Friar John, hey!
I went to find another friar to accompany me. He was here in this city visiting the sick. When I found him, the town health officials suspected that we were both in a house that had been hit with the plague. I couldn’t go to Mantua because I was stuck in a sealed house, quarantined.
Ahh it's you Friar John! Welcome back. What did Romeo say or did he write a letter?
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I couldn’t send it. Here it is.
Then who took my letter to Romeo?
Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not just a nice greeting. It was full of very important information. It’s very dangerous that it hasn’t been sent.
I couldn’t get a messenger to bring it to you either because they were scared of spreading the infection.
Brother I’ll go and bring it to you.
Friar John, go and get me an iron crowbar. Bring straight back here!
Now I must go to the tomb alone. Within three hours Juliet will wake up. She’ll be very angry with me that Romeo doesn’t know what happened. But I’ll write again to Mantua, and I’ll keep her in my cell until Romeo comes. That poor living corpse. She’s shut inside a dead man’s tomb!