In "Romeo and Juliet," why doesn't Lord Capulet allow Tybalt to confront Romeo at the ball?

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Old Capulet does not allow Tybalt to confront Romeo because such an action would challenge the older man's position as head of his household. Furthermore, such action at "an old-accustomed feast" would be deemed an insult to the guests. As is evident in the text, the houses of Montague and Capulet are the leading influences in Verona, and should try to avoid scandals.

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