|Two households, both alike in dignity. In Fair Verona, where we lay our scene
|means there are 2 families with similar respect for Verona. Both wealthy.
|From Ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
|means there is an old family feud, violence erupts which makes good citizens killing others making them evil.
|From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
|from the two families, their two children fall in love, then commit suicide.
|Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents strife
|means that the taking of the lovers lives will end the families hatred towards each other (their feud)
|The fearful passage of their death marked love and a continuance of their parents rage
|the tragedy of their fatal love and the continuing of their parents hate.
|Which but their children’s end nought could remove is now two hours’ traffic of our stage
|the only way to end their parents feud Is by the death of their children, as you will seem for the next 2 hrs.
|The which if you with patient ears attend
|means if you pay attention we will show you everything that we forgot to say.
Prologue Romeo and Juliet
August 17, 2019