His piety, benevolence, and sympathy are undoubted, but whereas in his solitary musings and his priestly intercourse with human nature he thinks to have garnered up the teachings of philosophy, he has in reality missed true wisdom of life.
What must be shall be. Juliet, in a very un-ladylike fashion, commits to death by the sword rather than a live a life without her love. One fairer than my love?
And how natural it seems that from that very agitation he should draw lessons of tranquillity! On Thursday, sir? What a change is here! O, in this love, you love your child so ill, That you run mad, seeing that she is well: She's not well married that lives married long; But she's best married that dies married young.
He is still seeing love from an extremely egotistical point of view and has yet to learn the higher ideal of love Juliet will come to represent. That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
Was it really written in the stars that Romeo and Juliet would meet and fall in love? Ah, Juliet, I already know thy grief; It strains me past the compass of my wits: I hear thou must, and nothing may prorogue it, On Thursday next be married to this county. Romeo does not deny the charge, but claims his need was great, and so the offense is forgivable.
The thematic role of the friar in Romeo and Juliet is hard to pin down. Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.