Romeo tries to break up the fight scene in the play Romeo and Juliet.
Originally, Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, attempts to intercede, when members of the houses of Montague and Capulet, start a street fight in Verona. "Part, fools. Put up your swords. You know not what you do." Just then, in comes Tybalt, kinsman of Capulet, seeing Benvolio with his rapier drawn, he also draws, "Turn thee Benvolio. Look upon thy death". Benvolio is not interested, but Tybalt will have none of it, and induces Benvolio to defend himself. Citizens of the watch appear, and see the fighting, telling each other to get bills, (billhooks) and clubs and cudgels to stop the fighting, Capulet turns up, and then Montague, with his sword drawn! Just as the whole thing is about to kick -off, Escalus, Prince of Verona, steps in, and really goes to town on Montague and Capulet, telling them to offend Verona at their peril, "Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace/ Profaners of this neighbour- stain-ed steel." warning them, that any more fighting will cause the lives of both old men, forfeit to peace, and telling Capulet to go with him now, for another rollicking, and Montague later, for his!
In scene one, the street fight is broken up initially by Benvolio, kinsman of Romeo, "Part fools. Put up your swords. You know not what you do!" As order is restored Tybalt, kinsman of Capulet enters, and sees Benvolio, (Of the House of Montague), with his rapier drawn! "Turn thee Benvolio. Look upon thy death!" They then fight, viciously, which is broken up by, 'the citizens of the watch', "Down with the Capulets. Down with the Montagues!" Just then, old Capulet appears! Sees old Montague on the other side of the road, (stage), armed, and says,"My sword I say. Old Montague is come/ And flourishes his blade in spite of me!" and, despite protests from either's wife, the old men shape to face each other!. Suddenly! In comes Escalus, Prince of Verona! And stops the fighting immediately, telling both Montague, and Capulet, in no uncertain terms that any more street fighting will mean a whole load of trouble, in big letters, to both houses. Both old men slink off!