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Benvolio -- in hindsight he could have made all the difference Romeos good friend has a hidden dark side While Benvolio tries to behave above reproach he is so ready for action that he keeps getting into trouble Case in point early on he jumps in to stop a brawl but it is Benviolios exposed weapon that antagonizes Tybalt into getting involved When Romeo battles Tybalt Benvolio is in a position to intervene but he chooses not to Romeo kills Tybalt and is exiled from Verona Beach Mercutio makes fun of Benvolio for getting into quarrels Thou -- why thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling Thou hast quarreld with a man for coughing in the street because he hath wakend thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun So guess who the ultimate survivor is Benvolio Future town father Last Veronese left standing Benvolio His name suggests benevolence When Benvolio sees Sampson and Gregory fighting with Abraham and Balthasar he immediately tries to stop the fight saying Part fools Put up your swords you know not what you do 1164-65 However Tybalt enters calls him and coward and attacks him so Benvolio is quickly a part of the fight that he tried to stop Later in the scene Montague says to Benvolio Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach Speak nephew were you by when it began 11104-105 Benvolio answers Montagues question and when Lady Montague asks about Romeo Benvolio says that he saw him wandering in the woods before dawn but left him alone because he thought that Romeo wanted to be left alone Then Romeo appears and
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