Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III (Modern Library Classics)

Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III (Modern Library Classics)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0812969405

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“The gaudy, blabbing and remorseful day
Is crept into the bosom of the sea.”
—Henry VI
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the three-part classic history that revolves around the epic, dynastic Wars of the Roses.
• an original Introduction to Henry VI
• incisive scene-by-scene synopses and analyses with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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faith, I am no wiser than a daw18. RICHARD PLANTAGENET    Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance19: The truth appears so naked20 on my side That any purblind21 eye may find it out. SOMERSET    And on my side it is so well apparelled22, So clear, so shining, and so evident That it will glimmer through a blind24 man’s eye. RICHARD PLANTAGENET    Since you are tongue-tied and so loath to speak, In dumb significants26 proclaim your thoughts: Let him that is a true-born

fickleness. SUFFOLK    Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: Consent, and for thy honour give consent, Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king, Whom142 I with pain have wooed and won thereto: And this her easy-held143 imprisonment Hath gained thy daughter princely liberty. REIGNIER    Speaks Suffolk as he thinks? SUFFOLK    Fair Margaret knows That Suffolk doth not flatter, face147, or feign. REIGNIER    Upon thy princely warrant148, I descend To give thee answer of thy

it25. CLIFFORD    My soul and body on the action both26! They fight, and Clifford falls YORK    A dreadful lay! Address27 thee instantly. CLIFFORD    La fin couronne les oeuvres.28 Dies YORK    Thus war hath given thee peace, for thou art still. Peace with his soul, heaven, if it be thy will. [Exit] Enter Young Clifford YOUNG CLIFFORD    Shame and confusion, all is on the rout31! Fear frames32 disorder, and disorder wounds Where it should guard. O war, thou son of hell,

between himself and the Lieutenant. However, F’s reading can be supported as a slight on Suffolk by the Lieutenant, and by Whitmore’s subsequent line in response to Suffolk’s speech where he refers directly to Suffolk as “swain” lousy = F (lowsie). Ed = lowly 72 SH SUFFOLK = Ed. F = Sir; presumed compositor misreading of “Suf” or “S” or “Su” 73 SH LIEUTENANT = Ed. F = Lord; presumed compositor misreading of “Lieu” or “L” 79 shalt = Q. F = shall 87 mother’s bleeding = Ed. F = Mother-bleeding 95

this, And if thou tell’st the heavy160 story right, Upon my soul, the hearers will shed tears. Yea, even my foes will shed fast-falling tears, And say ‘Alas, it was a piteous163 deed!’ There, take the crown, and with the crown, my curse. And in thy need such comfort come to thee As now I reap at thy too cruel hand. Hard-hearted Clifford, take me from the world: My soul to heaven, my blood upon your heads. NORTHUMBERLAND    Had he been slaughterman to all my kin, I should not for my

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