• Enter FRIAR LAWRENCE

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    Romeo, come forth. Come forth, thou fearful man.
    Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,
    And thou art wedded to calamity.
    Enter ROMEO

    ROMEO

    Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom?
    5What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand
    That I yet know not?

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

         Too familiar
    Is my dear son with such sour company.
    I bring thee tidings of the Prince’s doom.

    ROMEO

    What less than doomsday is the Prince’s doom?

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    10A gentler judgment vanished from his lips:
    Not body’s death, but body’s banishment.

    ROMEO

    Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say “death,”
    For exile hath more terror in his look,
    Much more than death. Do not say “banishment.”

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    15Hence from Verona art thou banishèd.
    Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.

    ROMEO

    There is no world without Verona walls
    But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
    Hence “banishèd” is banished from the world,
    20And world’s exile is death. Then “banishèd,”
  • FRIAR LAWRENCE enters.

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    Romeo, come out. Come out, you frightened man. Trouble likes you, and you’re married to disaster.
    ROMEO enters.

    ROMEO

    Father, what’s the news? What punishment did the Prince announce? What suffering lies in store for me that I don’t know about yet?

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    You know too much about suffering. I have news for you about the Prince’s punishment.

    ROMEO

    Is the Prince’s punishment any less awful than doomsday?

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    He made a gentler decision. You won’t die, but you’ll be banished from the city.

    ROMEO

    Ha, banishment? Be merciful and say “death.” Exile is much worse than death. Don’t say “banishment.”

    FRIAR LAWRENCE

    From now on, you are banished from Verona. You should be able to endure this because the world is broad and wide.

    ROMEO

    There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itself. So to be banished from Verona is like being banished from the world, and being banished from the world is death.