What does Capulet think about the Prince's directives after the first fight in Romeo and Juliet?

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Capulet doesn't seem bothered by the Prince's directives.  In fact, not much at all is said about his reaction. 

At the beginning of Act 1.2, Capulet gives exactly three lines to the issue:

But Montague is bound as well as I,

In penalty alike, and 'tis not hard I think

For men so old as we to keep the peace.  (lines 1-3)

Capulet says that Montague has to obey what the Prince says just like he does.  The suggestion is that since Montague has to live by the same rules he does, the rules aren't much of a big deal.

Capulet also says that it shouldn't be that hard for men as old as the two family leaders are to keep the peace.  In other words, they should be old and experienced and wise enough to behave themselves. 

Of course, keeping the peace proves to be much more difficult that Capulet thinks.

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