Capulet: A noble house in Verona


A noble house in Verona, the rival of that of Montague. In Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET, Juliet is of the former, and Romeo of the latter. Lady Capulet is the beau idéal of a proud Italian matron of the 15th century. The expression, "the tomb of all the Capulets," is from Burke; he uses it in his Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. iii. p. 349), and again in his Letter to Matthew Smith, where he says:

I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a country churchyard than in the tomb of the Capulets.

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