Note to Romeo and Juliet, 1.3.89: "The fish lives in the sea
The fish lives in the sea:
Juliet's mother is trying to sell the idea of marriage to Juliet. She argues that everything has its natural place: the fish lives in the sea, a cover goes with a book, and a woman lives with a husband. 'tis much pride / For fair without the fair within to hide: Now Juliet's mother argues that Juliet won't be diminished by being a wife. In her metaphor of the book, Juliet is the cover, and Paris is the pages, or the story on the pages, but Juliet's mother says that in the eyes of many, the book shares "the glory, / That in gold clasps locks in the golden story." (Fancy books would have little locks ("gold clasps"), like fancy diaries now (C.E. 2007).