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Richard II

Richard II Translation Act 5, Scene 4

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Enter EXTON and Servant

EXTON

Didst thou not mark the king, what words he spake, 'Have I no friend will rid me of this living fear?' Was it not so?

EXTON

Didn't you hear what the king said: "Don't I have a friend that will rid me of this living fear?" Didn't he say so?

SERVANT

These were his very words.

SERVANT

That's what he said. 

EXTON

'Have I no friend?' quoth he: he spake it twice,And urged it twice together, did he not?

EXTON

"Don't I have a friend?" he said; he said it twice, and asked it twice, didn't he? 

SERVANT

He did.

SERVANT

He did.

EXTON

And speaking it, he wistly look'd on me, And who should say, 'I would thou wert the man' That would divorce this terror from my heart;' Meaning the king at Pomfret. Come, let's go: I am the king's friend, and will rid his foe.

EXTON

And saying it, he looked at me as if he meant to say, "I wish you were the man to rid me of the thing that makes me afraid," referring to the king at Pomfret. Come on, let's go; I'm the king's friend, and will destroy his enemy. 

Exeunt

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About the Translator: Eve Houghton

Eve Houghton graduated from Yale College in 2017 and is currently pursuing the MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, she will return to Yale to begin her PhD in English. Her research interests include early modern commonplace books and note-taking practices, paratexts, reception studies, and the history of reading.