Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 249. Tuesday, 13 October 1992.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1992
Subject: Lady Montague's Death
While preparing to teach *Romeo and Juliet* the other day, it occurred
to me that Lady Montague may not have died from grief over her son's exile.
Instead, I wondered if she died because the actor who played her doubled for
one of the characters who appears in the last scene. Twelve actors seem to be
needed for the scene, more if the Prince has attendants. This number
approaches the maximum members of the company (13-15). Also, in Brooke's
*Tragicall Historye*, Lady Montague seemly outlives her son: "The Montagewes
and Capelets hath moved so to ruth" (3006). I have no candidate for the
double in the last scene, but I wondered if others think this deduction
Hardy M. Cook
Bowie State University