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Caves, Temples & Palaces

Juliet's biting reference to Romeo as “a gorgeous palace,” when she hears that Romeo has killed her cousin, contrasts with Romeo's earlier reference to Juliet as “this holy shrine.” Both metaphors are echoed about fifteen years later near the end of Shakespeare's career when Miranda in The Tempest speaks of Ferdinand in a similar figure of speech.

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If I profane with my unworthiest hand

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O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face!

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