Did Tybalt Capu-let it go too far?
July 12th, 1563
Bloodshed and Banishment
Montague, Montamurdered and Montogone.
Our fair Verona plummeted into turmoil as the devastation of the slaughter of two of the city's elite augmented the families acrimony towards one another. An anonymous witness says to have seen Mercutio, Benvolio, a page and several servants enter the public place where many were enjoying the newly welcomed heat of July. Soon afterwards the king of cats himself entered along with his aggregation of kittens, scrutinzing his opposition as if they were dogs, goading and taunting. But Mercutio was not one to let the ridiculing be excused, and joined the death marked jeer, mirroring Tybalt Capulets derision. A distraught young page boy conveyed decisively how Benvolio, the benevolent cousin of Romeo Montague attempted desperately on more than one occasion to either cease all belligerent behaviour or else persuade them to depart to a confidential location to reason, away from all spectators who could bare testimony. His endeavour was evidently abandoned.
King Of Cats Risks A Life
Tybalt and Mercutio begin the brawl. See from left, Tybalt and Mercutio.
Abandoning All Endeavours
Benvolio attempts to stop the fighting in fear of Prince's arrival. See from left, Mercutio and Benvolio.
Romeo shockingly confesses brotherly love for Tybalt. See from left, Romeo and Tybalt (and others.)