Benvolio, a nephew of Montague tried to calm the fight, but in vain. As soon as lady Capulet’s nephew, Tybalt, made an appearance on the scene, the old grudges came to the surface. Although everybody has forgotten the real cause of this long lasting vendetta between the two families. In a trice, fighting broke out between the two noblemen. Gradually, citizens of Verona joined the fray and took sides. Swords were drawn, along with the crowds. Animosity and pernicious rage flaired with increasing tension and aggressiveness.
Drawn by this violent up-heaval, the heads of the respective families arrived on the scene to exacerbate the general feelings of the crowd. Immediately, they asked for their swords even though Lady Capulet and Lady Montague tried to talk reason to them. By God’s grace, our Prince was there to put an end to this strife by imposing his just judgment and, thankfully, no lives were taken. A little gossip for our ladies… Last night, a party was organised by the Capulet family for the nobility and the beau monde.
Of course, the Montague’s were excluded from this reception. Lady Helena graced the occasion and recounted some of it to us. Servants rushed around preparing the auspicious evening, lighting torches and turning the tables up so all the fair women could dance, primp, and charm young eligible men. Lord Capulet was in high spirits, and encouraged the ladies to take the dance floor. Juliet, Capulet’s daughter, was seen being kissed by an unknown gentleman, in masquerade, whom we heard was an uninvited guest…
Tybalt Capulet, the young man who had the same morning aided and abetted to the conflict, tried to create a new rumpus. It appears that Capulet didn’t make uproar about this unheard of intrusion. From all reports, the evening was a grand success with the added flavour of romance, mystery and suspense to have made it an even more exciting event! For all the latest news and features visit the times website. ?1 sold in retailers www. thetimes. co. uk/tto/news Sunday, 4th March 2012