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30 (within) Francis!

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PRINCE HENRY

Thou art perfect.

PRINCE HENRY

Perfect.

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Enter FRANCIS, a drawer
FRANCIS, a drawer, enters.

FRANCIS

Anon, anon, sir.—Look down into the Pomgarnet, Ralph.

FRANCIS

Just a second, sir.—Ralph, make sure everything’s okay in the Pomegranate Room!

PRINCE HENRY

Come hither, Francis.

PRINCE HENRY

Come here, Francis.

FRANCIS

35My lord?

FRANCIS

Sir?

PRINCE HENRY

How long hast thou to serve, Francis?

PRINCE HENRY

How many more years of your apprenticeship do you have, Francis?

FRANCIS

Forsooth, five years, and as much as to—

FRANCIS

Truly, five years, which is as long —

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(offstage) Francis!

FRANCIS

Anon, anon, sir.

FRANCIS

Just a second, sir!

PRINCE HENRY

40Five year! By 'r lady, a long lease for the clinking of pewter! But, Francis, darest thou be so valiant as to play the coward with thy indenture, and show it a fair pair of heels, and run from it?

PRINCE HENRY

Five years! Wow, that’s a long time to be clinking beer mugs. But Francis, are you brave enough to play the coward with your contract? To flash it your heels, as you run away?

FRANCIS

O Lord, sir, I’ll be sworn upon all the books in England, I could find in my heart—

FRANCIS

Oh Lord, sir. I’d swear on a stack of Bibles that I’d love to be able to—

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