No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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NORTHUMBERLAND

Nay, speak thy mind; and let him ne’er speak more
That speaks thy words again to do thee harm!

NORTHUMBERLAND

Speak your mind. And if anyone uses what you say against you, let that person never speak again!

LORD WILLOUGHBY

Tends that thou wouldst speak to the Duke of Hereford?
235If it be so, out with it boldly, man;
Quick is mine ear to hear of good towards him.

LORD WILLOUGHBY

Are you going to say something about the Duke of Hereford? If so, say it, man! I am always eager to hear good things about him.

LORD ROSS

No good at all that I can do for him;
Unless you call it good to pity him,
Bereft and gelded of his patrimony.

LORD ROSS

I can’t do him any good, unless it’s good to pity him, since he’s now deprived of his inheritance.

NORTHUMBERLAND

240Now, afore God, ’tis shame such wrongs are borne
In him, a royal prince, and many moe
Of noble blood in this declining land.
The king is not himself, but basely led
By flatterers; and what they will inform,
245Merely in hate, ’gainst any of us all,
That will the king severely prosecute
’Gainst us, our lives, our children, and our heirs.

NORTHUMBERLAND

With God as my witness, I say it’s a shame that such wrongs have been done to him and to others of royal blood in this crumbling land. The king is not acting like himself. He’s being deceived by his group of flatterers. Purely out of hatred they make accusations against us, leading the king to persecute us and our children.

LORD ROSS

The commons hath he pill’d with grievous taxes,
And quite lost their hearts: the nobles hath he fined
250For ancient quarrels, and quite lost their hearts.

LORD ROSS

He’s taxed the common people heavily, and they’ve turned against him. He’s also fined the nobles for old grudges and turned them against him, as well.

LORD WILLOUGHBY

And daily new exactions are devised,
As blanks, benevolences, and I wot not what:
But what, o’ God’s name, doth become of this?

LORD WILLOUGHBY

Every day he devises new ways of forcing people to pay, like mandatory loans and I don’t know what else. What, in God’s name, is he doing with all of this money?

NORTHUMBERLAND

Wars have not wasted it, for warr’d he hath not,
255But basely yielded upon compromise
That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows:
More hath he spent in peace than they in wars.

NORTHUMBERLAND

He hasn’t spent the money on wars because he hasn’t waged any wars. He has shamefully compromised with our enemies and given away what our ancestors won in battle. He’s spent more in peacetime than they did in wartime.

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