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Who is he Mercutio is one of Romeos best friends the other being Benvolio and also related to the Prince Escalus Mercutio first appears with the maskers in Act 1 Scene 4 when he delivers his Queen Mab speech and persuades Romeo to take part in the danceparty and renounce his idea of being merely a torchbearer He next appears with Benvolio in search of Romeo after the party The following morning the same two are again in search of Romeo who at last stumbles in and jests with them when the Nurse to Juliet enters the jesting continues at her expense He last appears during Act 3 Scene 1 the afternoon of the day that he is killed As in both the Luhrman and Zeffirelli films the time is the same as in Act 2 Scene 6 but the scene has shifted from the intimacy of the priest cell to a public place and Benvolios opening words spell trouble I pray thee good Mercutio lets retire The day is hot the Capulets abroad And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring Mercutio Benvolio and their followers are in the public square of the city The two as usual are frolicking around Benvolio advises Mercutio that they both go home since the day is hot and the Capulets may be abroad There is sure to be to be trouble if they meet Mercutio always ready for a fight charges his friend as being one of those men always talking about peace but ready to fight on the slightest occasion Thou Why thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard then thou hast Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes Here I think Mercutio is describing himself rather then Benvolio
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