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In Act One, Scene Four, Juliet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse are discussing how Juliet feels about getting married. The young County Paris has asked Lord Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage and he has directed his wife to seek out Juliet's opinion of this proposition. Lady Capulet proceeds in Lines 90-103 to compare the characteristics of County Paris to a richly, decorated book:
"Read o'er the volume of Young Paris' face, Examine every several lineament, And see how one another lends content; And what obscured in this fair volume lies Find written in the margent of his eyes. This precious book of love, this unbound lover, To beautify him only lacks a cover. The fish lives in the sea, and 'tis much pride For fair without the fair within to hide. That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, That in gold clasps locks in the golden story; So shall you share all that he doth possess, By having him making yourself no less".
Lady Capulet is using an extended metaphor in her compaison of County Paris to a book and she feels Juliet should definitely read this "book" from cover to cover.
There are several lines that serve as indicative of the personality and perhaps ethics of Count Paris. He is first introduced (Act I, Scene 2) while talking with Lord Capulet as they walk in a Verona street. Although Capulet offers that his daughter Juliet is too young for marriage, Paris appears eager for the marriage to occur and adept at arguing his case, (Line 12) "Younger than she are happy mothers made." In a lengthier conversation (Act I, Scene 3) Lady Capulet and Nurse, both comment to Juliet upon his attributes and their approval of him. Lady Capulet (Line 64) relates that "the valiant Paris seeks you for his love Nurse reinforces her by stating (Line 75) "Lady, such a man as all the world.-Why, he's a man of wax." The conversation continues praising Paris and comparing to a fine book.
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