Romeo and Juliet

Why does Romeo refuse to fight tybalt ?

Act Three Scene one !

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Romeo, overjoyed with his recent marriage, is deferential to Tybalt, insisting he harbors no hatred for the Capulet house. Tybalt is unsure how to deal with Romeo. However, Mercutio challenges Tybalt to a duel, so he draws his sword and attacks Mercutio.