Man Warned After Thumb Biting Incident

Prince follows with statement of enforcement


Capulet servingmen insult Montague servingmen
[3] Capulet servingmen insult Montague servingmen

   By: Liam Marshall

VERONA – Yesterday, on July 7th, 1303 at 8:52 pm in the local market place, Sampson and Gregory of the Capulet house, were accused of biting their thumbs at Abram and Balthasar, two Montague servingmen.

         The Montagues  and Capulets have been feuding for generations. The families despise each other, and that hatred is carried out and displayed perfectly through the servingmen of each house. Even so, cases before show Escalus, the Prince of Verona stepping in to break up fights between the two enemies.

         An innocent bystander said,“The servingmen hath the fear and rage that doth kills another man”

Sampson, the servingman who bit his thumb, denied the accusation of biting his thumb at the Montagues, but rather, just biting his thumb.

He stated, “I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.”[1]

The men at fault here, are the Capulet servingmen, Sampson and Gregory, who instigated the fight, by biting their thumb. From this action came forth an epic brawl between all of the civilians in the marketplace.

Before it got out of hand, possibly destroying the entire marketplace however, Escalus, the Prince of Verona ceased the ruckus by declaring,

“Your lives shall pay the forfeit of your peace…”

Will the two families ever come to an agreement, create peace, and stop the hatred?[2]


[1] Shakespeare, William, Barbara A Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet. New York: Washington Square Press Published by Pocket Books, 1992. Print. Act 1: Scene 1: Lines 51-52

[2] Shakespeare, William, Barbara A Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet. New York: Washington Square Press Published by Pocket Books, 1992. Print. Act 1: Scene 1: Line 99

[3] http://mrpuley.ca/category/eng2de/page/2/ online image. Downloaded on 06/04/2015

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