[LMB] Rom and Jules, was When World-Views Collide, books

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Tue Jan 11 15:54:20 GMT 2022

Margaret, I think you are absolutely correct. That's brilliant.
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On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 7:34 PM Pouncer via Lois-Bujold <
lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> John Lennard agrees:
>  >while Romeo is clearly also adolescent, anything between 14
>  >and 19 is possible, and I'd tend to think 16-17 probable.
> Now do Mercutio.
> Mercutio seems to me a recently returned veteran --
> drunk, stoned, shell shocked, all simultaneously. He's
> addressing his own craziness by attempting, badly, to
> re-set his personal history to an age before his horrible,
> front line wartime experiences. So, maybe 24 or so, not quite
> a decade older than Romeo, Benvolio, and the other Montague
> hangers on. He lacks many peers of his own age, of course.
> Mercutio wears the olive drab remnants of
> his uniform, adorned with marks and scars of war.

I've seen at least one performance of Romeo and Juliet where I very much
got that vibe from Mercutio -- psychologically-scarred veteran, anyway.

> Tybalt is of identical age, but trained, and served,
> in the administrative or logistic or rear-guard
> echelons. Paris was one of those too well connected
> to serve at all. Lady Capulet may have lost her
> first great love -- more likely, "crush" -- to
> the recent (offstage, distant, unmentioned and almost
> forgotten) war, and was married lovelessly to the
> older Lord Capulet, who himself was past military age.

Tybalt, not so much ... but I do sense an undercurrent of Something Going
On between him and Lady Capulet, given how upset she is at his death. And
with her being a young wife married to an older man (and likely not his
first; her daughter Juliet is his heir, but that's because "the earth hath
swallowed all my hopes but she", i.e. there were other children, but they
all died), Lady Capulet being attracted to the younger fire-eater Tybalt is
certainly plausible.

--Margaret Dean
  <margdean56 at gmail.com>

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