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Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Words from the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. (Wherefore means “why.”) Juliet is lamenting Romeo's name, alluding to the feud between their two families. (See What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.)

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