Romeo X Juliet – 09
Thinking about what he saw on that night, Romeo angsts over why Juliet gave him the handkerchief and who that was embracing her. Cordelia meanwhile finds Juliet about to use her sword to cut off her hair, feeling that she should sever her weakness and be strong. However, because Francisco informs her that it’s time to go, Juliet doesn’t go through with it. At a secret meeting place, a noble named Camillo arrives to see Conrad. The two are old friends, and Conrad introduces him to their force. Juliet, Curio, and Francisco soon arrive at the meeting spot, and everyone is impressed at the sight of the pony-tailed Juliet carrying her father’s sword. The men then bring out the Capulet flag, and everyone in the room chants “Under the flag of the Iris” as their pledge of allegiance. Juliet does so as well, and she also swears by her sword to fight to the end in attacking Montague and bringing peace to Neo Verona. Spurred on by Conrad’s subsequent speech, the men vow to fight until the day that the Iris flag once again flies over the city.
At the royal palace, Hermione is wondering to herself who it is that Romeo likes while he is meanwhile thinking about how he’s a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. As he walks past, two young girls knee deep in a pool of water ask him about a strange object that they think is the feather of an aquatic bird. Upon further inspection, Romeo thinks that it looks like withering vegetation and finds more of it floating in the pool. When Romeo tells his father about it, Montague quickly realizes what it is and heads underground to the room with the tree he calls Escalus. It is there that the gardener Ophelia tells him that the throbbing of the wing becomes weak and that Escalus does not live with just light, water, and soil alone. Just like humans, it will wither without a loving heart. Ophelia feels that Montague who lusts for a golden blessing might not understand this, and she announces that she has a place that she wants to show him.
As she’s being escorted by Francisco and Curio, Juliet asks why they’re taking her home since she had wanted to stay with everyone back at the secret place. In response, Francisco points out that he could see hesitation in her eyes, but Juliet denies it and declares that she will to defeat Montague for the sake of her parents and everyone who died tragically. Curio then explains that a sword projects the state of person’s heart – if her heart is not determined, they cannot move forward by even one step. Back at the theater, Juliet runs into William and tries to hide the fact that she’s a girl, but William already knows that she’s Juliet. He tells her about he had thought of writing a tragedy smeared with blood, but Juliet fell in love, and in seeing her love, William can now write the love story he hasn’t been able to write until now. Juliet, however, does not feel that she can be the heroine of a love story. Later that night, Conrad discusses with the others the information he got from Camillo about Montague leaving town on an excursion with only a small number of guards. Conrad feels that this is the best time to strike, and despite Curio and Francisco’s opposition, Juliet agrees.
While the others are getting ready, Francisco heads off to see Tybalt, and although he eventually returns to base, he doesn’t tell Conrad where he went. As the men are chanting their allegiance, Francisco notices movement outside and warns the group just before the first arrows start flying into the building. The place is soon covered in smoke, and outside, Camillo is standing with Abram, the same man who tried to assassinate Vittorio and got thwarted by Juliet’s group. Troops soon start rushing in from all the entrances, and when Conrad gets injured, Juliet rushes to his side. Everyone is concerned about her escape, but she wants to stay and fight. She manages to protect Conrad from an enemy arrow and then instinctively stabs a soldier charging at her. As she pulls her sword out of him, Juliet sees the blood flowing down the blade and drops her sword in shock. Francisco ends up leading her and Antonio to a secret passage out where Tybalt is waiting. Montague meanwhile arrives at the place Ophelia wanted to show him and finds large roots sticking out of stone walls. Ophelia explains that the throbbing has already ended for Escalus’ twin trees and then warns Montague that there is no eternal harvest.
The whole William conversation about the love story with Juliet as the heroine got me thinking about if he is going to eventually write a tragedy (aka. Romeo and Juliet) based on what happens in the story here. That would suggest that we’re going to have the classic Romeo and Juliet both die scenario, as opposed to any sort of alternate ending ideas that I and others had been entertaining. Of course, this was probably already a forgone conclusion since their tragic deaths are such an integral part of the story, but it was worth thinking about since so much about this is different.
The whole Escalus thing was rather cryptic to me, so hopefully that will make more sense as the series progresses. It seems that part of what Ophelia was trying to tell Montague was that he was being too greedy. On a different note, I hope that Juliet never cuts her hair like she was about to. She looks so much better with it long than short, and even a ponytail is better than her Odin-style cut. As for next week, it looks like from the preview that Romeo and Juliet will get to meet each other again and maybe get the whole Tybalt thing sorted out.