MERCUTIO: Take me inside some house, Benvolio, or I'll faint.
A plague on both your houses! They've turned me into food for worms. I'm done for. Curse your families!
ROMEO: This gentleman Mercutio—the prince's kinsman and my dear friend—was killed while defending me from Tybalt's slander...
...Tybalt, who'd been my cousin for a whole hour! Oh sweet Juliet, your beauty has made me weak as a woman and softened my bravery's steel!
BENVOLIO: Oh, Romeo...brave Mercutio is dead.
His bold spirit has floated up to heaven...but it was too early for him to leave this earth.
ROMEO: Today's black events will have consequences...thus begins a terror only the days ahead can end.