Act 4 of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet By:Evy Polyak and Paige Sherlock
Marriage Talk Once Again
"My father Capulet will have it so and I am nothing slow to slack his haste." (IV. i. 2-3)
"On Thursday, sir? The time is very short." (IV. i. 1)
"Tell me not, Friar, that thou hear'st of this, unless thou tell me how I may prevent it" (IV. i. 51)
"O, shut the door! And when thou hast done so, come weep with me, past hope, past cure, past help." (IV. i. 45-46)
"O Juliet, I already know thy grief." (IV. i. 47)
The Friar's Plan
"Hold, then. Go home, be merry. Give consent to marry Paris ... Take thou this vial, being in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off, when presently through thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humor for no pulse shall keep his native progress ... thou shalt continue two and hours and then awake as from a pleasant sleep ... shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, and hither shall he come, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua." (IV. i.92-120)
Paris and Friar Laurence talk about Paris's engagement to Juliet. Paris is exctied while Friar Laurence is worried because he knows Romeo and Juliet are already married.
"Where I have learned me to repent the sin of disobedient opposition ... Pardon, I beseech you! Henceforward I am ever ruled by you." (IV. ii. 14-15, 20)
"How now, my headstrong? Where have you been godding?" (IV. ii. 13)
Juliet comes to Friar Laurence's cell beside herself because she doesn't want to marry Paris, but she feels she has no choice.
"I have a faint cold fear that thrills through my veins... WHat if this mixture do not work at all? What if it be a poison which the friar hath ministered to have me dead...? ...it should not for he hath still been tried as a holy man. How if... I wake before the time that Romeo come to redeem me?" (IV. iii. 15-33)
The friar comes up with a plan for Juliet to avoid marrying Paris, and stay with Romeo. Juliet must drink a potion to make her sleep like she is dead until Romeo comes to get her.
Juliet returns home, and tells Lord Capulet that she is sorry for disobeying him and will marry Paris.
"Send for the county. Go tell him of this. I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning." (IV. ii. 21-22)
Juliet has become apprehensive about the plan and begins to think of the many ways it could go wrong.