Read these lines from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet. Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean?.

What is the best way to paraphrase these lines?

Two ancient feuding Verona families shed more blood.
Two families fight over whom pretty Verona shall marry.
Two feuding families in Verona have an ancient grudge.
Two old families in Verona fight and get themselves dirty.

What is the best way to paraphrase these lines?

Two ancient feuding Verona families shed more blood.
Two families fight over whom pretty Verona shall marry.
Two feuding families in Verona have an ancient grudge.
Two old families in Verona fight and get themselves dirty.

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Feb 3, 2018

Answer:

I would say "There are 2 families fighting over who shall marry who, in which ends in a bloody conflict."

Explanation:

Feuding: fighting
Grudge: unwilling to allow, argument

With these definitions, we can substitute the words with:

2 ancient fighting Verona families shed more blood.
2 families fight over whom pretty Verona shall marry.
2 fighting families in Verona have an ancient disagreement,
2 old families in Verona fight and get dirty.

We can now think of it as...

#1st# line: 2 ancient families give off more blood
... sounds like a sequel to a battle
#2nd# line: 2 families fight over who Verna marries
...there is a forced marriage in the story
#3rd# line: The 2 fighting families have a disagreement that they hadn't had from a long time
... they tried to not fight for a while until this argument, it must big
#4th# line: The 2 families fight and get dirty
...as in get dirty it means they literally get dirty after the fight

We can now summarize:

2 families had a sequel to a battle
A forced marriage causes the fight
This is the second conflict the families had fought in
The fight gets serious as it gets dirty

Mostly lines 1,2, and 4 are very important so we can conclude.

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