Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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POINS

25How ill it follows, after you have labored so hard, you should
talk so idly! Tell me, how many good young princes would
do so, their fathers being so sick as yours at this time is?

POINS

It seems wrong, after all your hard work in battle, that you should be spending your time now in idle chatter. How many other princes would behave like this if their fathers were as sick as yours?

PRINCE HENRY

Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins?

PRINCE HENRY

Can I tell you something, Poins?

POINS

Yes, faith, and let it be an excellent good thing.

POINS

Sure; and make sure it’s an excellent thing.

PRINCE HENRY

30It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding than thine.

PRINCE HENRY

It’ll be fine, for people who aren’t any smarter than you are.

POINS

Go to. I stand the push of your one thing that you will tell.

POINS

Go ahead. I’m can take whatever you have to say.

PRINCE HENRY

Marry, I tell thee it is not meet that I should be sad, now my
father is sick—albeit I could tell thee, as to one it pleases me,
for fault of a better, to call my friend, I could be sad, and sad
35indeed too.

PRINCE HENRY

Here it is, then. It’s not seemly for me to be sad over my father’s illness. But I could tell you—as a person who, for lack of anyone else, I’m pleased to call my friend—that I could be sad. I could be very sad, indeed.

POINS

Very hardly, upon such a subject.

POINS

It would be difficult to feel that way over a thing like this.

PRINCE HENRY

By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in the devil’s book as
thou and Falstaff for obduracy and persistency. Let the end
try the man. But I tell thee, my heart bleeds inwardly that my
40father is so sick: and keeping such vile company as thou art
hath in reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.

PRINCE HENRY

I swear, you must think that I’m as sinful as you and Falstaff are, and as stubborn and persistent. We’ll see about that. But I’m telling you: my heart is bleeding for my father, and for his illness. But because I’m hanging out with lowlifes like you, I can’t show how sorrowful I am.

POINS

The reason?

POINS

Why?

PRINCE HENRY

What wouldst thou think of me if I should weep?

PRINCE HENRY

What would you think of me if I started crying?

POINS

I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.

POINS

I would think you’re a royal hypocrite.

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