Prince  Escalus

Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
Profaners of this neighbor-stainèd steel—
Will they not hear?—What ho! You men, you beasts,
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins:
On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground,
And hear the sentence of your movèd prince.
Three civil brawls bred of an airy word
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets
And made Verona’s ancient citizens
Cast by their grave-beseeming ornaments
To wield old partisans in hands as old,
Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
For this time all the rest depart away.
You, Capulet, shall go along with me,
And, Montague, come you this afternoon
To know our farther pleasure in this case,
To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.

Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.


Within this one monologue, Prince Escalus shares his feelings, actions, and emotions with the two families, and the audience.

The Prince ride into the town square because he is angry with the Montagues and Capulets. When he expresses his disappointment with the two opposing families, he tells them that if they won't stop fighting, he will punish them severely.


When the Prince rides into the town square, his body language seems to be telling us that he is very angry with the two


Prince Escalus thinks that the Monatgue and Capulet fight is disturbing to the citizens of Rome, and that it needs to stop immediately.

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