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Where and civil blood (1.1. Prologue)

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. (4)

Where, in which strife: though in civil blood, civil hands, civil means that which relates to the community of citizens, there is probably in the latter phrase a play upon the word in its sense of 'polite,' 'well-mannered.'

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Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Ed. K. Deighton. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1903. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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