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Richard III

Richard III Translation Act 3, Scene 5

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Enter RICHARD and BUCKINGHAM, in rotten armor, marvelous ill-favored

RICHARD

Come, cousin, canst thou quake and change thy color, Murder thy breath in the middle of a word, And then begin again, and stop again, As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror?

RICHARD

Come, cousin, can you shake and turn pale, and stop speaking suddenly, and then begin again, and then stop again—as if you were driven crazy from terror?

BUCKINGHAM

Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian, Speak, and look back, and pry on every side, Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Intending deep suspicion. Ghastly looks Are at my service, like enforcèd smiles, And both are ready in their offices, At any time to grace my stratagems. But what, is Catesby gone?

BUCKINGHAM

Of course, I can imitate the best of tragic actors. I can speak, and then look back, and search all around me, trembling, and jump at the least movement as if I were paranoid. Frightened looks and forced smiles are both at my service, ready to perform their functions whenever I need them. But what, has Catesby gone?

RICHARD

He is; and see, he brings the mayor along.

RICHARD

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Enter the LORD MAYOR and CATESBY

BUCKINGHAM

Lord Mayor—

BUCKINGHAM

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RICHARD

Look to the drawbridge there!

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

Hark, a drum!

BUCKINGHAM

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RICHARD

Catesby, o'erlook the walls.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

Lord Mayor, the reason we have sent—

BUCKINGHAM

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RICHARD

Look back! Defend thee! Here are enemies.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

God and our innocence defend and guard us!

BUCKINGHAM

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Enter LOVELL and RATCLIFFE, with HASTINGS’ head

RICHARD

Be patient. They are friends, Ratcliffe and Lovell.

RICHARD

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LOVELL

Here is the head of that ignoble traitor,The dangerous and unsuspected Hastings.

LOVELL

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RICHARD

So dear I loved the man that I must weep. I took him for the plainest harmless creature That breathed upon this earth a Christian; Made him my book, wherein my soul recorded The history of all her secret thoughts. So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue That, his apparent open guilt omitted— I mean his conversation with Shore’s wife— He lived from all attainder of suspects.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

Well, well, he was the covert’st sheltered traitor Thatever lived. [to the MAYOR] Would you imagine, or almost believe, Were ’t not that by great preservation We live to tell it, that subtle traitor This day had plotted, in the council house To murder me and my good Lord of Gloucester?

BUCKINGHAM

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LORD MAYOR

Had he done so?

LORD MAYOR

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RICHARD

What, think you we are Turks or infidels? Or that we would, against the form of law, Proceed thus rashly in the villain’s death, But that the extreme peril of the case, The peace of England and our persons' safety Enforced us to this execution?

RICHARD

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LORD MAYOR

Now fair befall you! He deserved his death, And your good Graces both have well proceeded To warn false traitors from the like attempts. I never looked for better at his handsAfter he once fell in with Mrs Shore.

LORD MAYOR

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RICHARD

Yet had we not determined he should die Until your Lordship came to see his end (Which now the loving haste of these our friends, Something against our meaning, have prevented), Because, my lord, I would have had you heard The traitor speak, and timorously confess The manner and the purpose of his treasons, That you might well have signified the same Unto the citizens, who haply may Misconstrue us in him, and wail his death.

RICHARD

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LORD MAYOR

But, my good lord, your Graces' words shall serve As well as I had seen and heard him speak; And do not doubt, right noble princes both, But I’ll acquaint our duteous citizens With all your just proceedings in this case.

LORD MAYOR

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RICHARD

And to that end we wished your Lordship hereT' avoid the censures of the carping world.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

Which since you come too late of our intent,Yet witness what you hear we did intend.And so, my good Lord Mayor, we bid farewell.

BUCKINGHAM

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Exit LORD MAYOR

RICHARD

Go, after, after, cousin Buckingham. The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post. There, at your meetest vantage of the time, Infer the bastardy of Edward’s children. Tell them how Edward put to death a citizen Only for saying he would make his son Heir to the Crown—meaning indeed his house, Which, by the sign thereof, was termèd so. Moreover, urge his hateful luxury And bestial appetite in change of lust, Which stretched to their servants, daughters, wives, Even where his raging eye or savage heart, Without control, lusted to make his prey. Nay, for a need, thus far come near my person: Tell them when that my mother went with child Of that insatiate Edward, noble York My princely father then had wars in France, And, by true computation of the time, Found that the issue was not his begot, Which well appearèd in his lineaments, Being nothing like the noble duke my father. Yet touch this sparingly, as ’twere far off, Because, my lord, you know my mother lives.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

Doubt not, my lord. I’ll play the oratorAs if the golden fee for which I plead Were for myself. And so, my lord, adieu.

BUCKINGHAM

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RICHARD

If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard’s Castle,Where you shall find me well accompaniedWith reverend fathers and well-learnèd bishops.

RICHARD

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BUCKINGHAM

I go; and towards three or four o'clock Look for the news that the Guildhall affords.

BUCKINGHAM

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Exit

RICHARD

Go, Lovell, with all speed to Doctor Shaw. [to RATCLIFFE] Go thou to Friar Penker. Bid them bothMeet me within this hour at Baynard’s Castle.

RICHARD

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Exit LOVELL and RATCLIFFE

Now will I go to take some privy order To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight, And to give order that no manner of person Have any time recourse unto the princes.

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