Paris asks Lord Capulet if he can marry Juliet. What is his response?
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Paris in interested in marrying Juliet. In this play, Juliet is thirteen years old. She is very young and still very immature. Capulet's first response to Paris' request to marry Juliet is that she is still very young and that Paris should wait a few years. Juliet is his only living daughter at this time; his other children have passed on, and as a result, he has a very protective nature over his daughter. Paris, in response, to Capulet's request to wait is that "younger than her were happy mothers made." This means that there have younger girls that have married and become mothers soon after were still happy. Capulet takes this in stride and informs Paris of a dinner/party he is having. He tells him that Juliet will be there, and that if he can win her love, then Paris has his permission to marry Juliet.
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