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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet: Tragedies by William Shakespeare | Shakespeare
The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original. Shakespeare's use of his poetic dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play. Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical and opera. During the English Restoration, it was revived and heavily revised by William Davenant. David Garrick's 18th-century version also modified several scenes, removing material then considered indecent, and Georg Benda's operatic adaptation omitted much of the action and added a happy ending. Performances in the 19th century, including Charlotte Cushman's, restored the original text, and focused on greater realism. John Gielgud's 1935 version kept very close to Shakespeare's text, and used Elizabethan costumes and staging to enhance the drama. In the 20th and into the 21st century, the play has been adapted in versions as diverse as George Cukor's comparatively faithful 1936 production, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version, Baz Luhrmann's 1996 MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet and the 2013non-Shakespearian adaptation by Carlo Carlei. From Wikipedia
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Romeo and Juliet for the win.

#beatthebacklist
#btbfebruary20 -Worlds Apart by Silverstein (Star-crossed lovers)

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GingerAntics You know this is right up my alley!!! 💙🤍💙 2w
Panic70 I love the phrase “The Game is afoot”. Fun to know it‘s true origin. 2w
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Crazeedi Thanks! I knew some of this, but very interesting!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks I remember one time in high school we did a quiz just for fun that had everyday sayings that we had to guess whether they were from Shakespeare or the Bible. It's hilarious how many phrases are from one or the other! 2w
readinginthedark I love articles like this! I knew a lot of these were in Shakespeare but not always that he originated the current meaning! 2w
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As a romance fan my first time at the Ballet had to be Romeo and Juliet. Gorgeous costumes,poignant, dramatic, a beautiful experience.🖤💜🖤

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This took me a minute to register to my brain, and I can‘t stop laughing!!

sprainedbrain Omg. 😂 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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umbrellagirl 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Amandajoy This meme started a conversation with my 11 year old stepson about why he should run away from any girl who thinks Romeo & Juliet is “so romantic.” 2mo
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kspenmoll
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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#DearDecember #tragictale

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Eggs Perfect!! 2mo
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3mo
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#StoryBookSunday #ParanormalLoveCrew #PLC

Unpopular opinion on one of the must reads for children. My school didn‘t have many books we HAD to read. Shakespeare has always been a big must in schools though. And I just don‘t get it! Firstly plays are terrible things to read, and second Romeo and Juliet is just such a bad love story! Don‘t get me wrong, Shakespeare is iconic. I would just rather watch them than read them.

8little_paws 100% agree about reading Shakespeare in high school. What was the point!? To teach kids adults only read dusty old classics? 3mo
ElizaMarie Haha!!! I totally agree with you!!! But I do love this movie :) (edited) 3mo
Megabooks I took some summer enrichment in Shakespeare in high school, but we had a passionate teacher who understood the text, was good at explaining it, and we acted them out. Without that level of teaching, I agree that it‘s pretty damn pointless in the average high school situation. 3mo
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Sace Even with a local Shakespeare theater I think it's pointless to teach him because our district makes it so hard to take a field trip none of the teachers take advantage of it 3mo
BethM I 100% agree with you. 3mo
jb72 I really did not like Romeo & Juliet. The whole thing is just ridiculous reading in my opinion. 3mo
Laura317 I just liked the comedies. 3mo
AkashaVampie i agree with u and @ElizaMarie.... i love this movie. Leo is one of my favs!!! 3mo
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lover.of.the.classics
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This was a great version of Romeo and Juliet! In my opinion Shakespeare should be read, listened to AND seen!

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arshi1
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" For never was a story more woe than this of Julliet and her Romeo. "

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“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
—Juliet

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Bkwurm
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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Happy #bookloversday! The true classics are the ones that persist through the centuries, being told and retold, with each successive generation claiming the story and making it their own. A true classic never loses its relevance.
💘Which classic retellings are your favorites?💕
#bookloversday2019

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LiterRohde
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[Mercutio, just after being stabbed]

"Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man."

#QuotsyJuly19 | 16: #Hilarious

?: Made with Typorama

Soubhiville 💙💙💙 7mo
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#Lovefool #LilithJuly
Never watched this film, even though I studied Romeo and Juliet for my English Lit A level a year after it came out.
@KarenUK @Cinfhen

KarenUK I really enjoyed it, particularly visually, it was beautiful 💕 7mo
Mtroiano This was a great movie! 7mo
LiterRohde I loved this version of the play. Even used it as an example in my undergraduate thesis, “The Relevance and Importance of a Strong and Believable Voice in Literature” https://litsy.com/p/VXdxazg4VXY0 (edited) 7mo
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AnneCecilie
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When I hear #Lovefool my mind immediately thinks of the 1996 movie adaption of Romeo and Juliet staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

Lovefool was played in the movie

#LilithJuly

Cinfhen Good memory ‼️ 7mo
Mimi28 I‘m obsessed with that song!! Lol 7mo
KarenUK Love that song 💕🎧🎶 7mo
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Henrik_Madsen Great song and pretty good film 👍😃 7mo
Soubhiville I love this movie, and it‘s soundtrack! 7mo
AnneCecilie This movie premiered when I was a teen so off course I had to see it in the cinema. Leonardo was the hottest thing ever. I loved the movie so much that I bought in VHS and I have the soundtrack. If there‘s ever karaoke or sing star or something in those lines at a party, this is one of the first songs I‘ll sing 😊 @Cinfhen @Mimi28 @KarenUK @Henrik_Madsen @Soubhiville 7mo
LiterRohde I loved this version of the play. Even used it as an example in my undergraduate thesis, “The Relevance and Importance of a Strong and Believable Voice in Literature” https://litsy.com/p/VXdxazg4VXY0 7mo
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brit91
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Haha!!😂🤣

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Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌 8mo
dariazeoli YES! 8mo
staci.reads Exactly!! 🙄 8mo
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Eggs Oh the classic love-Lost 💔💔 8mo
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Just watched Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet with a live choir at Union Chapel in Islington. It was so good and the venue was stunning will definitely be looking out for more Backyard Cinema events.

"Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

#PlayVsFilm #Shakespeare #Culture #LiveMusic #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #Bookaholic #Reading #BestFriendsDayOut #BackyardCinema #SomeVoices #Choirs #WhenDovesCry

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TaciturnWhenReading
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A little summer reading for my daughter. Thought the YOLO Juliet version might make the assignment a little less daunting! 😂

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Tatertot.me
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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So for literature class, we had to read Romeo and Juliet. Here are my thoughts. —————————-
This is definitely not the book for everyone. The language is very nice and well thought out like all of Shakespeare‘s other works, but the story generally doesn‘t interest me. I believe it would be more interesting if I got to see it as a play, but currently, it is not for me. I do however appreciate the pacing.

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Lcsmcat Shakespeare loved the word “sweet.” I found 983 instances in my search of his complete works! 9mo
TheSpineView @Lcsmcat Wow! That is a lot! Never knew. Thanks for that tidbit. 9mo
UwannaPublishme 😆😆😆 9mo
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EmilieGR
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Whose fault is it?

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kspenmoll 💕💕💕 10mo
TaciturnWhenReading One of my absolute favorites! 10mo
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madamereadsalot1
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#Yesterday Romeo's troubles seemed so far away, until the whole Juliet debacle.

#BeatlesMaynia @Eggs

Eggs Ah clever!!! 10mo
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Andrew65
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Made me think of one of the original stories on the #Nevergoingtogiveyouup theme!
#AnglophileApril

Mdargusch Very clever! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Perfect pick! 💔 10mo
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imitelis
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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I gotta admit that This Classic is Eternal. That's for sure.
Here are some beautiful lines from it:

¶ Thus with a kiss I die ¶.

¶ Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. ¶

¶ Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;

Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night... ¶

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imitelis ¶ My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite. ¶
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imitelis ¶ Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change ¶ 10mo
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imitelis ¶ Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ hand

This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

Juliet:

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,

Which mannerly devotion shows in this;

For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,

And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

Romeo:

Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
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imitelis (Cont'd-). Juliet:

Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

Romeo:

O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;

They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.

Juliet:

Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.

Romeo:

Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.

Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.

Juliet:

Then have my lips the sin that they have took.

Romeo:

Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!

Give me my sin again.

Juliet:

You kiss by the book. ¶

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imitelis ¶ See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.

O, that I were a glove upon that hand

That I might touch that cheek! ¶
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imitelis ¶ I defy you, stars ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ O, here

Will I set up my everlasting rest,

And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars

From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!

Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you

The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss

A dateless bargain to engrossing death! ¶
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imitelis ¶ Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!

O any thing, of nothing first create!

O heavy lightness, serious vanity,

Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,

Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,

Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!

This love feel I, that feel no love in this. ¶
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imitelis ¶ Under love's heavy burden do I sink ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings

and soar with them above a common bound. ¶
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imitelis ¶ Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;

Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. ¶
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imitelis *Here‘s what love is: a smoke made out of lovers' sighs. When the smoke clears, love is a fire burning in your lover‘s eyes. If you frustrate love, you get an ocean made out of lovers' tears. What else is love? It‘s a wise form of madness. It‘s a sweet lozenge that you choke on.* 10mo
imitelis ¶ A glooming peace this morning with it brings;

The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:

Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;

Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:

For never was a story of more woe

Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. ¶
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imitelis ¶ But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief,

That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.

Be not her maid, since she is envious;

Her vestal livery is but sick and green

And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.

It is my lady, O, it is my love!

Oh, that she knew she were! ¶
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imitelis ¶ turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun. ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ Eyes, look your last!

Arms, take your last embrace!

And, lips, oh you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death! ¶
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imitelis ¶ O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night

Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear;

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. ¶
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imitelis ¶ Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn. ¶ 10mo
imitelis ¶ He jests at scars that never felt a wound. ¶ 10mo
imitelis *It‘s easy for someone to joke about scars if they‘ve never been cut.* 10mo
imitelis ¶ I dreamt my lady came and found me dead

. . . . . . . . . . . .

And breathed such life with kisses in my lips

That I revived and was an emperor ¶
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imitelis ¶ It were a grief so brief to part with thee.

Farewell. ¶
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CrowCAH
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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#AnglophileApril #RomeoAndJuliet
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One of my fav Shakespeare plays! Watched this in ninth grade when we read the play as a class. Such beautiful music; love it 😍

mjdowens I used to listen to this exact copy of the record over and over when I was a preteen. I apparently was going through my “romantic tragedy” stage😂😂 10mo
Suet624 I was a teenager when I saw this movie in the theatres. Holy Toledo. I fell madly in love with both of them! 😁 10mo
Reviewsbylola I love the record cover. ♥️ 10mo
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Kimberlone The soundtrack and theme song for this movie was apparently a huge hit in the 1960s when the movie was released, and was one of the most popular wedding songs in that era (I recently listened to a podcast about this!). 10mo
emilyhaldi I'm a fan of the movie, personally... Leo 😍 10mo
LeahBergen My absolute FAVOURITE version!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Mdargusch I loved this movie and the music! 10mo
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Reviewsbylola I read this one for HS English. 10mo
Mdargusch I remember the movie more than the book. 😂 10mo
emilyhaldi I'm not sure I had as much fun as you did 😆 10mo
Cinfhen Not a fan of Shakespeare #SorryNotSorry 😬 10mo
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I finished this book this week with my freshman English students. I find it fulfilling that the majority of the students end up enjoying the story. When we begin, many of them (especially the boys) are convinced they will hate it. Then they realize how much fun it is to read and act out. I love it!

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Tanisha_A 😂 11mo
monalyisha I *love* Savage Chickens! 🐓 💖 11mo
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“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

From the famous balcony (window) scene.

#literaryluck #infinite

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💗❤️ 11mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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#RomeoAndJuliet makes me think of the modernized movie they made with Leonardo DiCaprio

#MarchIntoThe70s @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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Cathythoughts Lovely post ♥️✨ 11mo
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kspenmoll
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#WonderousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @bookish_wookish !
1) first daffodil shoots in my front yard! 🙌🏻
2)read on my porch to birds singing & sun warming my face!
3)”For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
4) @britt_brooke

Just finished reading & acting out Romeo & Juliet today with 9th graders, so the play‘s final lines are front and center in my head!

Eggs Great quote! Oh I love daffodils ❣️ 11mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I teach 10th grade now, so I no longer get to do R & J. I miss it!! I still have so many of those lovely lines memorized. 😢 11mo
kspenmoll @CindyMyLifeIsLit I understand. Love 9th grade curriculum & love teaching & working with that age. R&J is beautifully written. ❤️ 11mo
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It never gets old.

readordierachel 😆😆 12mo
BennettBookworm Omg yes 12mo
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