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Thus begins one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays-back then as well as today-Romeo an.d juliet. Or rather, that is the way it begins in the good Quarto version, primed in 1599. In the Folio, printed in 1623, this passage is omitted. How strange that the Folio, introduced by two of Shakespeare's own acting company-who themselves must have acted in the play many, many times-should not accurately present the start of Romeo and juliet. How incompetent of Heminge and CondeU, in a volume presented in honor of its dead author, to allow the stan of one of his masterpieces to be inaccurate.