What are 3 words that describe Gregory, Balthasar, and Lady Capulet in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet?
Gregory is witty, but short-sighted, and crude. Of the two servants, Sampson is the violent one. Gregory tells Sampson, “The quarrel is between our masters and us their men” (scene 1, p. 9), and warns Sampson “Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar” (p. 9). Gregory is aware that the feud is silly, as he demonstrates with this witty answer, but he is short-sighted enough to go along with it and with Sampson.
He uses his wit to take part in crude jokes, but he tells Sampson to draw his weapon when he sees the Montagues. He also instigates the fight by pushing Sampson on.
I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they
list. (p. 10)
Sampson increases the insult, by biting his thumb instead of just frowning.
Balthasar is loyal, a follower, and a fighter. When Abraham and Balthasar enter, Abraham does most of the talking. Balthasar does engage in the fight and is alive in the last act, so he must have some skills.
Lady Capulet is hopeful. She wants the best for her daughter. Yet she is unrealistic, because she wants her daughter to marry at a young age even when the daughter herself does not. She is poetic, because she tries to convince Juliet to marry with this pretty speech in scene 3 that begins this way.
Read o'er the volume of young Paris’ face,(85)
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; (p. 24)
Lady Capulet does not see any reason why Juliet should not love the worthy match of Paris.
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