Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter a PRIEST
A PRIEST enters.

PRIEST

105Well met, my lord. I am glad to see your Honor.

PRIEST

A nice coincidence, my lord. I’m glad to see you.

HASTINGS

I thank thee, good Sir John, with all my heart.
I am in your debt for your last exercise.
Come the next sabbath, and I will content you.

HASTINGS

I thank you, Sir John, with all my heart. I am indebted to you for your last sermon. By next week, I’ll be able to pay you.

PRIEST

I’ll wait upon your Lordship

PRIEST

I’ll come to you, your Lordship.
HASTINGS whispers in his ear.
HASTINGS whispers in his ear.
Exit PRIEST
The PRIEST exits.
Enter BUCKINGHAM
BUCKINGHAM enters.

BUCKINGHAM

110What, talking with a priest, Lord Chamberlain?
Your friends at Pomfret, they do need the priest;
Your Honor hath no shriving work in hand.

BUCKINGHAM

What, talking with a priest, Hastings? Your friends at Pomfret, they’re the ones who need a priest. You, on the other hand, don’t have any confessions you have to make.

HASTINGS

Good faith, and when I met this holy man,
The men you talk of came into my mind.
115What, go you toward the Tower?

HASTINGS

When I ran into this holy man, those men you mentioned did come to mind, in fact. Are you headed to the Tower?

BUCKINGHAM

I do, my lord, but long I shall not stay there.
I shall return before your Lordship thence.

BUCKINGHAM

I am, my lord. But I won’t be there for long. I’ll be off before you are.

HASTINGS

Nay, like enough, for I stay dinner there.

HASTINGS

Yes, probably, because I’m staying for lunch.

BUCKINGHAM

(aside) And supper too, although thou know’st it not.—
120Come, will you go?

BUCKINGHAM

(to himself) And for dinner, too, though you don’t know it. (to HASTINGS) Come, are you going?

HASTINGS

     I’ll wait upon your Lordship.

HASTINGS

I’ll follow you, my lord.
Exeunt
They exit.