Edward II

by

Christopher Marlowe

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Like Maltravers, Gourney serves as one of Edward II's sadistic jailkeepers after the king is deposed. Unlike Maltravers, Gourney does not appear to be a noble, which is perhaps why he does the dirty work of killing Lightborne after the assassin murders Edward. Gourney then flees, and also betray both Maltravers and Mortimer Junior, who was the mastermind behind the murders, by revealing their roles in the bloody deeds.

Gourney  Quotes in Edward II

The Edward II quotes below are all either spoken by Gourney  or refer to Gourney  . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Sex, Lineage, and the Natural Order Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Methuen Drama edition of Edward II published in 2014.
Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

As thou intendest to rise by Mortimer,
Who now makes Fortune's wheel turn as he please,
Seek all the means thou canst to make him droop,
And neither give him kind word nor good look.

Related Characters: Mortimer Senior (speaker), Edward II, Gourney 
Page Number: 5.2.51–54
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 5, Scene 5 Quotes

And there in mire and puddle have I stood
This ten days' space; and lest that I should sleep,
One plays continually upon a drum.
They give me bread and water being a king,
So that for want of sleep and sustenance
My mind's distempered and my body's numbed,
And whether I have limbs or no, I know not.

Page Number: 5.5.58–64
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gourney  Character Timeline in Edward II

The timeline below shows where the character Gourney  appears in Edward II. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 5, Scene 2
Language and Violence Theme Icon
Fortune and Tragedy Theme Icon
Mortimer Junior summons Gourney and Maltravers, entrusting the latter with a message dismissing Berkeley. He then gives Gourney detailed... (full context)
Sex, Lineage, and the Natural Order Theme Icon
Gourney leaves, and Mortimer Junior tells Isabella in an aside to keep up her pretense: Prince... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Maltravers and Gourney, carrying torches, hurry Edward toward Kenilworth as the latter asks where they are taking him.... (full context)
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Edward calls on God to bear witness to Maltravers and Gourney's treatment of “their liege and sovereign, England's King.” He then calls on Gaveston, saying that... (full context)
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...the group approach Kenilworth. At that moment, however, Kent appears, and a struggle breaks out. Gourney and Maltravers's soldiers eventually succeed in seizing Kent to take him away to “court”—though Edward... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...leaving marks on the victim's body. Mortimer accordingly gives Lightborne a letter to take to Gourney and Maltravers, along with the token that—unbeknownst to Lightborne—marks him for death. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 5
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
At Berkeley, Gourney and Maltravers marvel at the fact that Edward has not yet died, despite being kept... (full context)
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
Just then, Lightborne enters and hands Mortimer Junior's letter to Gourney and Maltravers. Lightborne also shows them the token Mortimer gave him, and—in asides—Gourney and Maltravers... (full context)
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...more question why Lightborne has come, and Lightborne now admits the truth, calling Maltravers and Gourney into the room. (full context)
Sex, Lineage, and the Natural Order Theme Icon
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Maltravers and Gourney hold Edward down while Lightborne kills him with the spit. Fearing that Edward's screams will... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
Fortune and Tragedy Theme Icon
...informs Mortimer Junior that both Edward and Lightborne are dead. However, he also reveals that Gourney has fled and may betray them. Mortimer threatens to kill Maltravers, who is showing signs... (full context)