Dear Juliet,

Good news — and just in time — from the Christian Science Monitor.

This is why girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, and boys… um… well… catch a Tiger by the tale.



Juliet lives! Despite William Shakespeare’s best efforts, Romeo’s star-crossed sweetheart has survived, at least in the minds of lovesick women and girls all over the world. For more than 70 years, when others have failed them, desperate souls have penned “Dear Juliet” letters that arrive regularly at the official Verona “home” of the Bard’s fairest and most tragic heroine.

The first few trickled in following the release of director George Cukor’s 1936 film “Romeo and Juliet.” After World War II, they took off, with some addressed simply to “Juliet – Verona.” City officials finally decided to accept and embrace this phenomenon, and in 1972 formed Club di Giulietta – The Juliet Club – where volunteers answer every plaintive missive, now averaging about 100 a week.


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