Annotated list of all appearances and all mentions

of

The Watch


A "Watch" is a watchman, and "the watch" is a group of watchmen who patrol the city at night. Friar Laurence refers to these men when he's giving Romeo instructions about his visit to Juliet's bedroom: "Either be gone before the watch be set, / Or by the break of day disguised from hence" (3.3.167-168). When the watch appears in the last scene of the play, it consists of at least four men, three of whom speak. Paris' Page, who has run to find the watch when he sees Paris and Romeo fighting, leads the watch to Juliet's tomb. There, First Watch sees the carnage and gives orders: "The ground is bloody; search about the churchyard: / Go, some of you, whoe'er you find attach" (5.3.172-173). "Attach" means "arrest," and soon Second Watch brings in Balthasar and Third Watch brings in Friar Laurence. Meanwhile, First Watch has sent another man to call Prince Escalus, the Capulets, and the Montagues. When Prince Escalus arrives, First Watch presents the puzzling situation. Paris is dead, Romeo is dead, and "Juliet, dead before," is "Warm and new kill'd" (5.3.197). Also, both Balthasar and Friar Laurence have "instruments upon them, fit to open / These dead men's tombs" (5.3.200-201). [Scene Summary]








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