Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 3

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Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON
HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON enter.

HOTSPUR

We’ll fight with him tonight.

HOTSPUR

We’ll fight him tonight.

WORCESTER

   It may not be.

WORCESTER

We can’t do that.

DOUGLAS

You give him then advantage.

DOUGLAS

Then you’re giving him the advantage.

VERNON

   Not a whit.

VERNON

Not in the least.

HOTSPUR

Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?

HOTSPUR

Why do you say that? Doesn’t he have backup coming?

VERNON

So do we.

VERNON

So do we.

HOTSPUR

5His is certain; ours is doubtful.

HOTSPUR

His is guaranteed. Ours isn’t.

WORCESTER

Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.

WORCESTER

Nephew, I’m telling you. Don’t start the fighting tonight.

VERNON

(to HOTSPUR ) Do not, my lord.

VERNON

(to HOTSPUR ) Don’t, my lord.

DOUGLAS

   You do not counsel well.
You speak it out of fear and cold heart.

DOUGLAS

You’re giving poor advice, based on fear and cowardice.

VERNON

Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life
10(And I dare well maintain it with my life),
If well-respected honor bid me on,
I hold as little counsel with weak fear
As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
15Which of us fears.

VERNON

Don’t slander me, Douglas. I swear on my life—and I’ll prove it with my life—that if I’m roused to fight through thoughtful, careful consideration, I’m just as unafraid as you, my lord, or any Scotsman alive. In tomorrow’s battle, we’ll see which one of us is afraid.

DOUGLAS

   Yea, or tonight.

DOUGLAS

Fine. Or tonight.