Mercuti-OH NO!

Slaughter of Sycamore Grove

Deadly Performance Leaves Two Dead

Chaos and brutality erupted in Sycamore Grove as the sweltering sun bore down on fair Verona, temperatures rose and tempers seethed on Tuesday afternoon. For the fourth time in a matter of weeks , the Montagues and Capulets clashed in a violent dispute that ended in bloodshed. It has been confirmed that two men have been slain and our valued Romeo Montague is now a wanted man, exiled from our dear city.
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"'Zounds, consort!"

Before the situation things became heated, Benvolio was heard fretting about the arrival of the Capulets, seemingly anxious to avoid any disturbance, yet Mercuctio was adamant to remain. The Capulets make the scene and henceforth the discord commenced. In an exclusive interview eye witness, Benevolio beside oneself with grief, told how Tybalt was to blame. The predicament became feverish after goading and taunting had risen the tension between the Montague and Capulet youths. Benvolio warned them not to fight in public yet implications that Romeo and the Montagues are weak infuriated Mercutio. Romeo was not spotted at the scene heretofore. Benvolio described how Romeo refused to fight however Tybalt was out for blood.

Alla stoccata carries it away...

Onlookers were beyond puzzled at the rambling riddles Romeo spouted instead of standing up courageously at being called a villain multiple times. Reportedly he told Tybalt, "the reason I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting" and went on to declare to Tybalt "love thee better than though canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love:". We are perplexed by the thought of Romeo loving Tybalt and what his motive was by saying such things. Speculations of affairs amongst the families have been heard, yet we are all left to wonder what the true meaning behind Romeo's words were. Apparently so was Mercutio as he was having none of this uncharacteristic blathering from Romeo. Witnesses claim that Mercutio, taking matters into his own hands, said "O calm, dishonorable, vile submission!" and shortly after weapons were drawn.

Worms' Meat

Disastrously Mercutio was slain after Romeo tried to intervene. Romeo livid and vengeful, was left to mourn his dear friend who would not last to see the morning light. According to a page who witnessed the whole scene, among Mercutio's last words were "A plague o both your houses!" -of course directed at the harrowing decades of enmity between the Capulet and Montague families- Mercutio was also heard stabbing Romeo with the blame of his fatal wound leaving Romeo with blood on is hands and a dire need to avenge Mercutio's death.

Villain or Victim?

It is unclear as to who confronted who, however after Tybalt fled the scene, he and Romeo cam face to face once again. By all accounts Romeo was no longer cooing words of love, but seething with malice. Witnesses reported Romeo promising an ultimatum "That late thou gavest me; for Mercutio's soul Is but little way above our heads, Staying thine to keep him company: Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him." They fought, and morosely Tybalt fell.

Fourtune's Fools

Following this awful deed Romeo vanished and soon enough everyone one arrives, Montagues, Capulets and finally the Prince. Allegedly our honored Benvolio was interrogated of this fatal brawl before the public. Benvolio told how Tybalt "deaf to peace" attacked Romeo "that spoke him fair with gentle breathe, calm look" and "knees humbly bow'd"and his kin. Questions rose surrounding t statement as there were unnecessary and perhaps biased details from the Montague boy.

Beloved Lady Capulet stricken with grief accused Benvolio of being biased and lying. We had a brief chance to talk to her and hysterically she expressed, "I beg for justice, which thou, prince, must give; Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live."

We also heard defense from admired Lord Montague that Romeo simply took the law into his own hands, "His fault concludes but what the law should end, The life of Tybalt."

Faced with these important grounds the Prince was forced to make a decision.

Mercy?

We praise Prince for his objectivity given the difficult circumstances. Many believe the unconfirmed rumors that he and Mercutio were related, yet he has risen and taken authority once again. His respected response was that as Tybalt began the fight, Romeo must leave or face death. Prince has always claimed that punishment is vital. His final statement still fresh in our minds, "Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill."


We have contacted Montague and Capulet families for any additional comments however have received no response thus far.

Aftermath

With Romeo exiled and two men dead we are left to ask, is this all worth it? An elderly resident spoke to us before ponderously asking, "When will it end? Has this not lasted generations enough? How long will we have to suffer shadowed by the families strife?" and we can help wonder the same thing. Could this ongoing feud bring more death and misery?


A recent survey shows that the city of Verona is torn. Whereas 30% of Verona citizens claiming the execution of Tybalt was just and the banishment cruel, 20% believe that Romeo is a cold blooded killer never to be welcomed back again. 50% remain undecided.


And so on this fateful day Verona city is silent, mourning its recent young loses as the sun sets a tear unshed. Details on the memorials for both Mercutio and Tybalt will be released during the week. If you have any details on the whereabouts of outlaw Romeo Montague please report to the nearest police officer. Our deepest condolences.

Fern Parkhouse, Verona Symphony