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30 July 2017 @ 11:30 am
random R&J post  
Wow, I just managed to make myself really sad about the way that both Romeo and Juliet talk explicitly about how little time they've been married before Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment (Romeo cries out that he is "an hour but married"; Juliet calls herself Romeo's "three-hours' wife") - because that's why it's so important that Romeo has to die in Juliet's tomb, even to the extent of killing Paris to get there; that's where they can be married forever: their timeless end, their dateless bargain, Romeo's everlasting rest. I mean, I already knew this - it's there even in Juliet's early line "my grave is like to be my wedding bed" - but for some reason it just hit me at an odd angle today.

Also, tomorrow is Juliet's birthday - "Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen" - so I also managed to make myself really sad about the fact that at the beginning of the play, we know exactly how many days are left ("a fortnight and odd days") until that fourteenth birthday she will never see.