In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene v, lines 91-95, what do the lines foreshadow for the plot of the play?

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In this particular scene Tybalt is boiling with rage—when is he not?—at Romeo for showing his face at the Capulet party. To be sure, Romeo has been invited, but that cuts no ice with Tybalt. The very idea of a Montague being present at a Capulet social gathering is deeply offensive. But Romeo's blissfully unaware of any of this; he's just laid eyes on Juliet for the first time and has fallen head over heels in love with her.

Having heard Romeo's voice Tybalt orders his servant to go fetch his sword. Thankfully, Lord Capulet intervenes before any blood can be shed, and gives his young hothead of a nephew a piece of his mind. But Tybalt's not beaten yet. Although Romeo may have escaped with his his life this time, he won't be so lucky in future. When the time is right Tybalt will settle accounts:

Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall
Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall. (Act I Scene v)
Tybalt's ominous words foreshadow his fatal duel with Romeo. Romeo will kill Tybalt in that duel, leading to his exile and eventually to his own tragic death. So Tybalt is right in predicting that Romeo's effrontery in showing up at the party will come back to haunt him later on. But not in the way he intended.
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At this section of Shakespeare's playRomeo and Juliet, Romeo's arch-enemy sees that the Montegues have invaded the Capulet party. Tybalt is stalled by his uncle Capulet, but says these lines in response, "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall/ Now seeming sweet convert to bitt'rest gall" (I.v.94-95). In translation, Tybalt says that he will obey his uncle for the duration of the party, but he promises that even though Romeo gets away with "sweet" victory that night, Tybalt will answer the insult later. This is a perfect foreshadowing of the fight that must happen between Tybalt and Romeo in order to cause the one of the most tense scenes and dilemmas in literature and drama. This creates tension between the characters and can be felt by the reader or audience. The foreshadowing comes to pass in Act III when Tybalt finally confronts Romeo and Juliet have just been married.

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