"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare.

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In the story Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, a character, by the name of Friar Lawrence, makes an intriguing comment. After Romeo pronounces his love for Juliet to the Friar, the Friar says, "Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast." In the following paragraph, this phrase will be explored to find its real meaning.

The Friar basically means that Romeo should act wisely and slowly for those who run fast usually end up tripping and falling. This relates to Romeo's life because for quite a while Romeo has been infatuated with a girl by the name of Rosaline. Romeo would weep during the day in a dark room, and ponder over her at night, for he loved Rosaline so much and she didn't love him back. Romeo's friends couldn't convince him to get over her. Finally Romeo attended a party at his enemies home, the Capulets.

There he met Capulet's daughter Juliet. He immediately fell in love, they kissed, danced, flirted, and that night they admitted their love to each other. The next day Romeo explained to Friar Lawrence how he had totally forgotten about Rosaline and now loves Juliet. Therefore the Friar gave Romeo the advice that he did. Friar is telling Romeo that he should act slowly and wisely with his relationship with Juliet because if he rushes things too much he will "stumble" or raise conflict. Friar is concerned about Romeo because he has dropped Rosaline so quickly and became in love with another girl so quickly. The quickness of loving one girl and then so suddenly loving another, who is also an enemy, is dangerous.