Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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YORK

Little.

YORK

“Little.”

PRINCE

My lord of York will still be cross in talk.
Uncle, your Grace knows how to bear with him.

PRINCE

The lord of York is always a bit perverse in his chatter. But, uncle, you know how to bear with him.

YORK

You mean, to bear me, not to bear with me.—
130Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me.
Because that I am little, like an ape,
He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.

YORK

You mean, to bear me, not to bear with me. Uncle, my brother makes fun of both of us. Because I’m little, like an

ape

Professional jesters often carried apes on their shoulders. York may also be suggesting that Richard’s humpback would provide a perfect spot for an ape to perch.

ape
, he thinks you should bear me on your shoulders, like a fool.

BUCKINGHAM

(aside) With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons!
To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
135He prettily and aptly taunts himself.
So cunning and so young is wonderful.

BUCKINGHAM

(to himself) What a sharp mind this boy has! To make up for his scorn toward his uncle, he makes fun of himself as well. It’s amazing that he’s so cunning at his age.

RICHARD

(to PRINCE) My lord, will ’t please you pass along?
Myself and my good cousin Buckingham
Will to your mother, to entreat of her
140To meet you at the Tower and welcome you.

RICHARD

(to PRINCE) My lord, will you please continue on your way to the Tower? My good cousin Buckingham and I will go to your mother and ask her to meet you there.

YORK

(to PRINCE) What, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?

YORK

(to PRINCE) What, you’re going to the Tower, my lord?

PRINCE

My lord protector needs will have it so.

PRINCE

My protector, Richard, insists on it.

YORK

I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.

YORK

I can’t sleep quietly in the Tower.

RICHARD

Why, what should you fear?

RICHARD

Why, what are you afraid of?

YORK

145Marry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost.
My grandam told me he was murdered there.

YORK

My uncle Clarence’s angry ghost. My grandmother told me he was murdered there.