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During the confrontation between Tybalt and Romeo in Act 3, scene 1, Romeo says:

Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a greeting. Villain am I none.

Why does Romeo claim to love Tybalt?


Romeo is pretending to “love” Tybalt but in reality is trying to avoid fighting with him.


Romeo knows Tybalt is Juliet's cousin and considers him his own cousin now that they are married.


Romeo regrets the way he has treated him in the past and wants to make amends.


Romeo feels sorry for Tybalt and has grown to respect him, despite the feud.


Romeo is being sarcastic and uses “love” in the same tone as Tybalt does previously.

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