According to Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, what kind of man is Tybalt?

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In Act ll, Scene 4, when Benvolio asks Mercutio what he thinks of Tybalt, Mercutio replies with the following:

More than prince of cats, I can tell you. O, he is
the courageous captain of compliments. He fights as
you sing prick-song, keeps time, distance, and
proportion; rests me his minim rest, one, two, and
the third in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk
button, a duellist, a duellist; a gentleman of the
very first house, of the first and second cause:
ah, the immortal passado! the punto reverso! the

Mercutio says Tybalt is greater even than the prince of cats, which suggests he is agile and fit. He calls him courageous and says that he deserves whatever compliment he can be given. He further states that Tybalt is a very skilled swordsman who fights by the book and makes it seem as easy as participating in a recital, for his timing during a duel is precise. His skill allows him to know exactly what distance to maintain and how fast or slow...

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