Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

S1E16 is called “Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers.”

“Star-Crossed Lovers” is a term coined by Shakespeare in his play “Romeo and Juliet.” It refers to a couple who is doomed to fail, like the lovers in the Stars Hollow founder’s myth, like Lorelai and Luke in this episode, and like Rory and Dean in this episode.

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.

-Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”

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