Why shouldn't Juliet marry Paris in Romeo and Juliet?

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, there is no objective reason why Juliet shouldn't marry Count Paris. He's a titled aristocrat, wealthy and well-connected in business in government, and can perhaps support her in a style even more opulent than that of the comfortable life she has known. His exact age remains vague, but he's obviously still young and attractive enough to be described thus by Lady Capulet in act 1, scene 3:

Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,

And find delight writ there with beauty's pen;

And although in their initial exchange in act 1, scene 2, Capulet declares his reluctance to give Paris his daughter's hand in marriage—

Let two more summers wither in their pride,

Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride . . .

—he is willing to leave the final decision to her.

But woo her, gentle Paris get her heart,

My will to her consent is but a part;

An she agree, within her scope of choice

Lies my consent and fair according voice.

Of course, by act 3, scene 5, both of Juliet's parents...

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