Summary

Romeo’s friends, unaware of his wedding, meet in a public place in Verona. Tybalt appears, looking for Romeo, and barely restrains himself from provoking a fight with the Montagues. Romeo enters and tries to explain, without revealing his marriage, that he will never have reason to hate the Capulets. Tybalt and Mercutio start the fight, and Mercutio is killed by Tybalt. Romeo, enraged, fights and kills Tybalt. He runs away, urged by Benvolio. The Prince appears, and Benvolio tells him how this latest fight began, and who killed whom. The Capulets and Montagues appear and beg for Romeo’s life — the Capulets insist that Romeo must pay for killing Tybalt, and the Montagues beg for clemency, since Romeo was avenging the death of Mercutio. The Prince declares that Romeo is exiled — banishing him from the city of Verona on pain of death.

enter

To come on stage.

Exeunt

Latin, literally “they leave.” Everyone leaves the stage.

Pronounced EX-ee-uhnt.

Exit

The character leaves the stage.