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Juliet Receives Heartbroken Letters


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • heroine: female lead character
  • heartbreak: sadness due to a broken or lost relationship
  • tomb: an underground vault where a person’s remains are buried
  • star-crossed: destined to fail; having bad luck
  • stationery: notepaper and envelopes
  • volunteer: a person who does work without receiving payment

Juliet Receives Heartbroken Letters

, the heroine of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, receives thousands of letters of heartbreak each year. The began hundreds of years ago. In the beginning, heartbroken people placed letters to Juliet by a landmark that was said to be her tomb. Eventually, people started addressing the letters to the city of Verona, , the home of the star-crossed lovers. Today, letters addressed to Juliet arrive in Verona from all over the world. They are received by , where secretaries who can read many languages respond to every letter. The city pays for the stationery and stamps, but the secretaries are volunteers. Each letter is kept and to the public.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Juliet?
  2. Why do people write to Juliet?
  3. What is the Juliet Club?

Discussion Questions: In their letters, the heartbroken often tell Juliet that she is the only one who understands how they must feel. Do you think writing to Juliet can help cure a broken heart? Why or why not?

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