Romeo and Juliet

What advice does Friar Lawrence give to Romeo at this time?

When nurse tell Romeo that Juliet is upset, crying and miserable, and then he try to stab himself with a knife.


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Romeo considers banishment a fate worse than death, since it will separate him from his beloved Juliet. When the Friar tries to console him, Romeo says, "Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love.../ Then mightst thou speak" (3.3.65-68).

The Nurse arrives to find Romeo collapsed on the ground, weeping. She orders him to stand, but he is so upset that he prepares to stab himself. She snatches away his dagger, and Friar Laurence begs Romeo to look at the bright side. He admonishes Romeo for not considering the blessings, like still being alive, that he has been given. The Friar then convinces Romeo to visit Juliet that night, and to escape to Mantua in the morning.