When one compares Lord Capulet's response on learning of Juliet's supposed death to the extremely harsh manner in which he admonished her in Act lll, scene V, it is hardly surprising to doubt the authenticity of his reaction. He had, when Juliet refused to follow his instruction to marry the county Paris, been extremely harsh and critical. He had even promised to throw her out into the street and disown her if she did not respect his command, as the following extracts clearly indicate:
Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!...
...Wife, we scarce thought us blest
That God had lent us but this only child;
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her:
Out on her, hilding!
But, as you will not wed, I'll pardon you:
Graze where you will you shall not house with me:
Look to't, think on't, I do not use to jest.
Thursday is near; lay hand on heart, advise:
An you be mine, I'll give you to my friend;
And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in
For, by my...
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