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Why doesn't Romeo receive Friar Laurence's message?

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In the play "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo does not receive Friar Laurence's message because the messenger who carries the letter is quarantined by the health authorities. Friar John, who is Friar Laurence's messenger, is suspected of carrying the pestilence.

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The literary giant, William Shakespeare, is the author of "Romeo and Juliet." The play ranks as one of the most popular works of Shakespeare. It has been adapted for opera, film and stage. The story revolves around two young lovers from Verona who, at the end of the play, die by their own hands. Ironically, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet reconcile their feuding families.

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