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  Act 2 Scene 3

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KING OF FRANCE

For us, we will consider of this further.
170Tomorrow shall you bear our full intent
Back to our brother England.

KING OF FRANCE

I’ll think it over. Tomorrow, I’ll let you know what I’ve decided and what answer you should deliver to the king of England.

DAUPHIN

For the Dauphin,
I stand here for him. What to him from England?

DAUPHIN

Regarding the Dauphin, you can speak to me. What’s the message from the English king?

EXETER

Scorn and defiance, slight regard, contempt,
175And anything that may not misbecome
The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
Thus says my king: an if your father’s Highness
Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his Majesty,
180He’ll call you to so hot an answer of it
That caves and womby vaultages of France
Shall chide your trespass and return your mock
In second accent of his ordinance.

EXETER

Scorn and defiance, indifference, contempt, and any insult that wouldn’t disgrace the mighty sender—that’s the value he puts on you. And my king goes on: if your royal father does not sweeten the bitter insult you sent my king and grant all our demands, Henry’s artillery will give you so resounding an answer that the very caves and vaulted cathedrals of France shall echo your mocking of him back in your face.

DAUPHIN

Say, if my father render fair return,
185It is against my will, for I desire
Nothing but odds with England. To that end,
As matching to his youth and vanity,
I did present him with the Paris balls.

DAUPHIN

Say this: if my father sends a friendly answer, it is against my will. I want nothing but conflict with England. To that end, I presented him with the tennis balls, the perfect expression of his inexperience and frivolity.

EXETER

He’ll make your Paris Louvre shake for it,
190Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe.
And be assured you’ll find a difference,
As we his subjects have in wonder found,
Between the promise of his greener days
And these he masters now. Now he weighs time
195Even to the utmost grain. That you shall read
In your own losses, if he stay in France.

EXETER

He’ll make your palace tremble for this insult, even if it were the mightiest in all of Europe. And, make no mistake, you’ll find, as we his subjects have, an amazing difference between the king as a young man and the way he is now. Now he uses his time wisely, as you will see by your own casualties, if he remains in France.

KING OF FRANCE

Tomorrow shall you know our mind at full.

KING OF FRANCE

We’ll give you an answer tomorrow.