Dear Agony Aunt
I have a very high profile job in the city and often need to make very important decisions. However, despite my superior position, I feel like I’m not being listened to and that my rules are being undermined. What should I do to gain order again?
“For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo”
I am Prince Escalus and I represent the authority of Verona. I am neutral in the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and desire only peace between them. I have broken up many of their brawls and have warned of severe punishment, including death, if any further unrest is caused. When I am called to the scene of Mercutio’s and Tybalt’s deaths, I show mercy on Romeo and banish him from the city. I am saddened by the deaths of the young couple, Romeo and Juliet, and vow to uphold the law with punishment for some and a pardoning for others.
order in the city
the citizens of Verona
- noble Prince [Benvolio 3.1.144]
- Sovereign [Watchman 1 5.3.194]
- my liege [Montague 5.3.209]
O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall
"O noble Prince, I can discover all / The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl." [3.1.144-5]
"Prince, as thou art true, / For blood of ours shed blood of Montague." [3.1.150-1]
“Not Romeo, Prince, he was Mercutio’s friend; / His fault concludes but what the law should end, / The life of Tybalt. [3.1.186-8]
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