Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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BUCKINGHAM

170Well then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby,
And, as it were far off, sound thou Lord Hastings
How he doth stand affected to our purpose
And summon him tomorrow to the Tower
To sit about the coronation.
175If thou dost find him tractable to us,
Encourage him and show him all our reasons.
If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling,
Be thou so too, and so break off the talk,
And give us notice of his inclination;
180For we tomorrow hold divided councils,
Wherein thyself shalt highly be employed.

BUCKINGHAM

Okay, just do this, noble Catesby: sound out Lord Hastings, but make it seem as if you’re just mulling over the idea, that it hasn’t been firmed up yet. Invite him to come to the Tower tomorrow for the coronation ceremony. If he seems game to our plan, encourage him to join us and explain all our reasons. But if he’s resistant and chilly, then be like that too and break off the conversation. Let us know how he responds. Tomorrow we’re going to hold two separate meetings, one for those who are with us and one for those who aren’t. You’ll have a lot to do in these meetings.

RICHARD

Commend me to Lord William. Tell him, Catesby,
His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
Tomorrow are let blood at Pomfret castle,
185And bid my lord, for joy of this good news,
Give mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.

RICHARD

Give my regards to Hastings, Catesby. Tell him the nest of dangerous enemies that plagued him for years will die tomorrow at Pomfret. And tell him to give

Mistress

After King Edward died, Mistress Shore became Hastings’s mistress.

Mistress
Shore one extra kiss to celebrate this good news.

BUCKINGHAM

Good Catesby, go effect this business soundly.

BUCKINGHAM

Good Catesby, do your work well.

CATESBY

My good lords both, with all the heed I can.

CATESBY

My good lords, I plan to.

RICHARD

Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?

RICHARD

Will we hear from you before bedtime, Catesby?

CATESBY

190You shall, my lord.

CATESBY

You will, my lord.

RICHARD

At Crosby Place, there shall you find us both.

RICHARD

You’ll find us both at Crosby Place.
Exit CATESBY
CATESBY exits.

BUCKINGHAM

Now, my lord, what shall we do, if we perceive
Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?

BUCKINGHAM

Now, my lord, what are we going to do if we find that Lord Hastings won’t go along with our plans?