In Act 1, Scene 2, Paris asks Capulet a question, but Capulet later changes his mind about Paris' question. When does Capulet tell Paris?William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"

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In Act One of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Count Paris makes a marriage proposal to Lord Capuliet:  "But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?" (I,ii,6)  To this Lord Capulet declines because he feels his daughter is too young:

My child is yet a stranger in the world--/She hath not seen the change of fourteen years./Let two more summers wither in their pride/Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. (I,ii,7-11)

However, later Lord Capulet changes his mind, believing that if his daughter marry [marry is subjunctive mood, third person] Paris, she may forget her grief over the slaying of her cousin Tybalt.  In the last scene of Act III, Lady Capulet enters the chamber of Juliet, who is prostrate with grief over the banishment of Romeo as well as the death of her cousin.  Juliet's mother tells her,

Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child./One who, to put thee from thy heaviness,/Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy,/that thou expect'st not , nor I looked not for..../Marry, my dhild, early next Thursday, morn,/The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,/The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,/Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride. (III,v,108-116)

Of course, the situational irony here is that the audience knows that what the father perceives as a move to cheer his daughter causes her untold anxiety since she is already married to Romeo.

In other words he said no. because she was too young

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