In the opening scene of the play, a fight breaks out between the Montague and Capulet servants, which involves Benvolio and Tybalt. When Lord Capulet enters the scene, he is prepared to fight and asks for his sword. Although he is old and practically incapable of harming his enemy, he is determined to participate in the brawl. Lady Capulet criticizes her husband's reaction by saying, "A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?" (Shakespeare, 1.1.66). When Lord Montague challenges Lord Capulet, Lady Montague intervenes by telling her husband, "Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe" (Shakespeare, 1.1.70). She is adamant about preventing her husband from participating in the skirmish and demands that he stop antagonizing the Capulets.
Both Lady Capulet and Lady Montague are opposed to their husband's violent reactions and attempt to dissuade them from fighting, which aligns with their feminine gender roles of the 16th century. Essentially, the husbands anticipate fighting their enemies while the wives criticize them for their aggressive, ridiculous reactions to the melee. After Prince Escalus breaks up the fight and Benvolio explains what happened to incite the riot, Lady Montague proceeds to ask him about her son. She is depicted as a typical loving mother, who is more concerned about her son's emotional state than the brawl that just took place.