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Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Romeo and Juliet, 1.1.102: "Free-town"


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102. Free-town: In Shakespeare's source, Romeus and Juliet, Arthur Brooke calls Capulet's residence "Free-town," a translation of "Villa Franca" in the Italian story. However, Shakespeare uses "Free-town" as the name of the local courthouse.