Romeo and Juliet


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Chorus


Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
mutiny (n.) 1 riot, civil disturbance, state of discord

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
civil (adj.) 3 of civil war
civil (adj.) 2 seemly, decent, well-behaved

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
star-crossed (adj.) thwarted by a malign star

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
misadventured (adj.) unfortunate, calamitous, disastrous

Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.

The fearful passage of their death-marked love
passage (n.) 1 incident, occurrence, event, happening

And the continuance of their parents' rage,
continuance (n.) 3 lasting nature, permanence, durability

Which, but their children's end, naught could remove,

Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
traffic (n.) 2 dealings, employment, business

The which if you with patient ears attend,
attend (v.) 7 listen [to], pay attention [to]

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
miss (v.) 3 be unsuccessful, be inadequate


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