In Act III scene 1, why is Tybalt looking for Romeo?

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In scene 1 of act 3, Tybalt is looking around the city of Verona for Romeo.  In Act I Romeo and his friends crashed the Capulet's party.  While we know they did this in an attempt to cheer up Romeo, Tybalt is convinced this was an act of aggression and believes that his family has been insulted.  Since Lord Capulet prevented Tybalt from settling the score at the party, he plans to take care of things in the light of day. When he sees Romeo Tybalt says:

Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: thou art a villain.

Even though Romeo, who has just married Tybalt's cousin, tries to explain why he does not dislike Tybalt, but in fact loves him the way he would anyone in his family, Tybalt will not listen to him.

Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries
That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw.


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