Bianca Moretti 432 Lombardi Avenue Verona, IT 53811

February 17, 1592

Prince Escalus 8261 Freetown Street Verona, IT 53811

Dear Prince Escalus:

I am the aunt of Romeo and the owner of Verona's Finest, a bakery that you have called upon to provide for many a banquet in the past. Unfortunately, in the last skirmish between the Capulets and Montagues, my bakery was looted and the windows smashed, and we cannot afford the repairs. I read your announcement in The Verona Times, and I believe I know who is responsible for the deaths of my Romeo and his Juliet.

The head Montagues and Capulets are to blame. Prince, you said so yourself when Tybalt was killed that you, "have an interest in your hate's proceedings, my blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding; but I'll amerce you with so strong a fine that you shall all repent the loss of mine," (Shakespeare). Without Lord Montague and Lord Capulet continuing their ugly rivalry, unable to even recall the cause of their feud, Mercutio and Tybalt would not have fought and died. The savage death of your own beloved nephew was just one of the costs of the feud.

Romeo also paid the price of the parents' thick hatred, for the fine you decided upon was his exile. The stage had been set for my nephew's untimely demise because the message that Juliet was still alive after faking her death failed to reach him, far away in Mantua. As for the Capulets specific involvement, Juliet was in tears after Romeo departed for Mantua when Lady Capulet entered and said, "Well, girl, thou weepest not so much for his death as the villain lives which slaughtered him," (Shakespeare), assuring her they'd get their revenge. Lady Capulet's loathing of Romeo made it impossible for Juliet to tell her what was going on between them. Instead, Juliet kept their marriage a secret, which backfired when she was suddenly betrothed to the County Paris.

Juliet initially protested the engagement, but Lord Capulet threatened that if she would not wed Paris, she could, "hang, beg, starve, die in the streets, for, by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee," (Shakespeare). Under the threat of disownment, Juliet was left with no choice but to resort to desperate measures to escape the situation, so she sought Friar Lawrence for his wisdom. Friar Lawrence supplied Juliet with the sleeping potion, and Romeo, unaware that she was actually alive, committed suicide. She awoke, and killed herself, believing that life without Romeo was no life at all.

The separate houses were swept up in a conflict that Romeo and Juliet alone could rise above, but they could not communicate with their parents because their capacity to see the bigger picture could only be unlocked by their deaths. The Montagues and Capulets are responsible for the deaths of their own children, and to atone for the grief and destruction of Verona they have caused, they should pay for all the damages of their brawls and clean the streets for a better tomorrow.

Sincerely

Bianca Moretti