Romeo and Juliet - Juliets diary. Saturday 1595, my own bed.
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Saturday 1595, my own bed. Lady Capulet spent ages getting ready for tonight's ball. She was excited, got into a right tizzy. She's looking for a suitor for Juliet; mentioned County Paris, a fine but waxy young man .He would make her an honourable husband and Juliet could grow with him. She could always have an affair should he bore her. I told Juliet to "Seek happy days to make happy nights." Juliet was much cooler than her mother and amused at her mother's anxieties. Juliet said that she would look to like if liking move her. She means to see if the fancies Paris. Romeo Montague gate-crashed the Ball, Cousin Tybalt recognised his voice and immediately called for his rapier. Old Capulet stopped cousin Tybalt from attacking him. Tybalt will not let this go, he considers this an intrusion and will seek his revenge. This feud had been going on too long. Peter told me there had been a fracas in the town between Capulets and Montages, Prince Escalus had said that the fighting had better stop "On pain of death". At the ball I saw Juliet talking with a handsome, fit looking young man.
Then Lady Capulet dropped a bombshell, she informed Juliet that a marriage had been arranged between her and County Paris. Juliet was aghast and flatly refused to consider this match, she did not tell her mother of her union with Romeo. Lady Capulet was angered and said "I would she were married to her grave", this sent a chill down my spine! Juliet begged her to postpone the marriage, "If you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies" she said. Lady Capulet dismissed Juliet's pleas. Old man Capulet was beside himself with rage, he could not understand why the girl would refuse such a fine match. He called her a "young baggage" and a "disobedient wretch". When I tried to stand up for the girl, he was rude and, called me a mumbling old fool and a gossip. The old codger never has the grace to use my name. How can he dismiss me so lightly, I have practically raised the girl and have loved her as much as my own dear beloved Susan, now with the angels. I gave the best advice I could. I said that Romeo is as good as dead.
Juliet had taken a potion given to her by the Friar that would send her to sleep for forty-two hours; she would appear dead so no wedding to County Paris could take place. Friar Lawrence had then sent a message to Romeo informing of the plan. But Balthasar, Romeo's servant didn't know this and informed him of Juliet's death before the secret message arrived. Romeo believing Juliet had died went to the Monument of the Capulets and took a poison that killed him. When Juliet awoke she found Romeo dead and took her life and took her life with that wretched dagger of Romeo's. Prince Escalus berated both families "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate", he said. Old Capulet and Old Montague vowed to end their feud. They would each erect a golden statue to the other's child to mark the sadness and to remember the futility of their hate. If only I had been truthful about the love Romeo and Juliet had for each other and their marriage. They would still be alive, they would have had me nanny their own children. I can never forgive myself. Nobody saw me conceal that dagger, found in Juliet's petit hand. I will not live with the knowledge of my part in the death of these two beautiful star crossed lovers.. 1
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