Annotated list of all appearances and all mentions


The Chorus

The Chorus, who speaks only in sonnets, appears first in the Prologue to the play, where he tells us "Two households, both alike in dignity, / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" (Prologue 1-4), and then goes on to tell us that this feud will tragically destroy the lives of the two lovers. [Scene Summary]

The second appearance of the Chorus is in the Prologue to Act 2. Beginning with the statement that "Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie, / And young affection gapes to be his heir" (Prologue 1-2), he reminds us that Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love, and tells us that because they are foes it's extremely hard for them to meet, but the difficulty makes the meeting even sweeter. [Scene Summary]