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Wed, 19 Aug 2009
Another tale from the Adam and Eve page, a shortened version of one of the most romantic tales of all time.


              At the time of this story the two main families in Verona were the Capulets and the Montagues.   A feud had raged between the two families for a long time, not just between the family but it had grown  into such hatred that even the servants, down to the lowliest page were involved, insomuch that servant of the house of Montague could not meet a servant of the house of Capulet without bad words and even bad blood was spilt.  Many , many times the streets of Verona ran red with the blood of both the Capulets and Montagues.  I am sure that most of you know what it was like in the days of yore, My Lord Capulet would arrange for a huge banquet to be held at his great home, to which many fair ladies and noble guests were invited. All of Verona were present, and everyone was made welcome, except of course if they were a  Montague.

Present at this feast was, Rosaline, who just happened to have caught the eye of the young prince Romeo, son to the Lord Montague.  Now believe it or not Romeo was present at the ball, and though it was dangerous for a Montague to be there, Benvolio, a friend of Romeo, had persuaded Romeo to go disguised by a mask, that he might see his Rosaline, and seeing her, compare her with some choice beauties of Verona, who (he said) would make him think his swan a crow. Romeo didn't believe a word of it  but for the love of Rosaline, he was persuaded to go. Even though Rosalind did not care one bit for our love sick Romeo , he wanted to see her, and so with Benvolio and their friend Mercutio they attended, masked of course.

The Old Capulet bid them welcome,  he was light hearted and merry, and said that he had worn a mask when he was young, and could tell them some wicked tales, but wished them well at the dancing. Thisthey all did, and Romeo was suddenly struck with the exceeding beauty of a lady who was dancing. Benvolio was right, she was beautiful and she even made the room light up with her sparkling beauty. While he uttered these praises, he didn't know that he was being overheard by one Tybalt, a nephew of lord Capulet, who knew by his voice it was Romeo.  Tybalt, being of a fiery and passionate temper, could not endure that a Montague should come under cover of a mask, to fleer and scorn (as he said) at their solemnities. And he stormed and raged exceedingly, and would have struck young Romeo dead. But his uncle, the old lord Capulet, would not suffer him to do any injury at that time, both out of respect to his guests, and because Romeo had borne himself like a gentleman, and all tongues in Verona bragged of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth. Tybalt, forced to be patient against his will, restrained himself, but swore that this vile Montague should at another time dearly pay for his intrusion.

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