Scene II opens
HOly Franciscan friar! Brother! ho!
This same should be the voice of Friar John. Welcome from Mantua; what says Romeo? Or, if his mind be writ, give me his letter
Going to find a bare-foot brother out one of our order, to associate me, Here in this city visiting the sick, and finding him, the serachers of the town, suspecting that we both were in a house where the infectious pestilence did reign, Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth; So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd.
Who bare my letter, then, to Romeo?
I could not send it, --here it is again,--Nor get a messenger to bring it to thee, So fearful were they of infection.
Unhappy Fortune! by my brotherhood, The letter was not nice but full of charge of dear import, and the neglecting it May do much danger. Friar John, go hence; Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight unto my cell
Brother, I'll go and bring it thee.