Romeo and Juliet

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Enter Chorus RJ I.prologue.1
Two households, both alike in dignity, RJ I.prologue.1
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, RJ I.prologue.2
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,mutiny (n.)
riot, civil disturbance, state of discord
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Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.civil (adj.)
of civil war
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civil (adj.)
seemly, decent, well-behaved
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes RJ I.prologue.5
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;star-crossed (adj.)
thwarted by a malign star
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Whose misadventured piteous overthrowsmisadventured (adj.)
unfortunate, calamitous, disastrous
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Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. RJ I.prologue.8
The fearful passage of their death-marked lovepassage (n.)
incident, occurrence, event, happening
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And the continuance of their parents' rage,continuance (n.)
lasting nature, permanence, durability
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Which, but their children's end, naught could remove, RJ I.prologue.11
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;traffic (n.)
dealings, employment, business
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The which if you with patient ears attend,attend (v.)
listen [to], pay attention [to]
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What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.miss (v.)
be unsuccessful, be inadequate
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Exit RJ I.i.14
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