Friar Lawrence

Dear Agony Aunt

I’ve taken a young man under my wing and see myself as a bit of a father figure towards him. Recently he has come to me and asked if I will marry him and his girlfriend. I think it’s a little hasty because he is still very young and he hasn’t known this girl long. Should I marry the couple or not?

Comments

  1. Dear Friar,

    Marry them and then give them advice on how to love properly to make them happier, but you could get in trouble for marrying two people without the mother and the fathers permission.

    by Temisan

  2. don't marry them or they'll both die

  3. Yes you should marry the couples as it would make them happy.

  4. Dear Friar Lawrence
    Perhaps you should advice them to think on their decision for a while. Then, if they still wish to marry, you can reconsider it.
    From Shakespeare's Globe

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"These violent delights have violent ends"

[2.6.9]

Introduction

I am Friar Lawrence from the Franciscan order in Verona. Romeo tells me that he wishes to marry the daughter of his father’s rival, Juliet. Although I think it is a hasty decision, I perform the secret marriage in the hope that it will bring peace between their families. Fighting continues between the Capulets and the Montagues, and Romeo is banished from the city for killing Tybalt. I want to help Juliet avoid marrying her parent’s suitor, Paris, so I suggest the plan of feigning her death. I intend to get the message to Romeo, but it is tragically undelivered. Romeo thinks Juliet is really dead and so returns to Verona and kills himself. It is a terrible tragedy and I willingly admit my part in it to the Prince.

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giving advice

Friends:

Friends: 

Romeo, Juliet, Nurse

Also Called:

  • father [Romeo 2.3.27]
  • holy Friar [Nurse 3.3.81]
  • brother [Friar John 5.2.22]

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. “With Rosaline! My ghostly father, no. / I have forgot that name, and that name’s woe.” [2.3.41-2]

  2. “Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline.” [2.4.77]

  3. “Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom? / What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand / That I yet know not?” [3.3.4-6]

  4. “Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom? / What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand / That I yet know not?” [3.3.4-6]

  5. “Tell me not, Friar, that thou hearest of this, / Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it. If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, / Do thou but call my resolution wise, / And with this knife I’ll help it presently.” [4.1.50-54]

  6. “O comfortable Friar, where is my lord? / I do remember well where I should be, / And there I am. Where is my Romeo?” [5.3.148-50]

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  • I have a very nervous Romeo awaiting a bride, but don't tell anyone, its a secret! #FriarsCell

    @Friar Lawrence
  • aw it breaks my heart to see the Capulet family mourn over their Juliet when I know she isn't really dead. I shouldn't have done this! #guilt #Tomb

    @Friar Lawrence
  • I have a very nervous Romeo awaiting a bride, but don't tell anyone, its a secret! #FriarsCell

    @Friar Lawrence
  • aw it breaks my heart to see the Capulet family mourn over their Juliet when I know she isn't really dead. I shouldn't have done this! #guilt #Tomb

    @Friar Lawrence