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Whose...strife (1.1. Prologue)

    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents' strife. (7-8)

Whose ... strife, the ill-fated termination of whose love buries in their graves the strife that raged between their parents; misadventured, unfortunate; one of those adjectives formed from nouns which are so frequent in Shakespeare, and which have generally been mistaken for participles: Do, the quartos give Doth, which is justified by some on the grounds that it is the old southern plural in -eth, as in M. V. iii.2.33, "Where men enforced doth speak everything" (the reading of the first folio), by others as an instance of the singular verb where the sense of the subject is collective. The latter seems the more probable case here.

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Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Ed. K. Deighton. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1903. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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