Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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PRINCE

I fear no uncles dead.

PRINCE

I’m not afraid of dead uncles.

RICHARD

Nor none that live, I hope.

RICHARD

Nor living ones, I hope.

PRINCE

An if they live, I hope I need not fear.
150 (to YORK) But come, my lord. With a heavy heart,
Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.

PRINCE

Well, I hope not. (to YORK) But come, my lord. With a heavy heart, thinking about my dead uncles, I will go to the Tower.
A sennet. Exeunt all but RICHARD, BUCKINGHAM, and CATESBY
A trumpet sounds. Everyone except RICHARD, BUCKINGHAM, and CATESBY exits.

BUCKINGHAM

Think you, my lord, this little prating York
Was not incensèd by his subtle mother
To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?

BUCKINGHAM

Richard, don’t you think this chattering little York was encouraged to taunt you by his sneaky mother in that outrageous way?

RICHARD

155No doubt, no doubt. O, ’tis a parlous boy,
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable.
He is all the mother’s, from the top to toe.

RICHARD

No doubt, no doubt. Oh, he’s a dangerously clever boy—bold, quick-witted, capable. He’s his mother’s child from head to toe.

BUCKINGHAM

Well, let them rest.—Come hither, Catesby.
Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend
160As closely to conceal what we impart.
Thou knowest our reasons, urged upon the way.
What thinkest thou? Is it not an easy matter
To make William Lord Hastings of our mind
For the installment of this noble duke
165In the seat royal of this famous isle?

BUCKINGHAM

Well, enough about them.—Come here, Catesby. You’ve sworn to participate in our plot and to keep it a secret. What do you think: wouldn’t it be easy to convince Lord Hastings to join us in installing Richard as king of England?

CATESBY

He, for his father’s sake, so loves the prince
That he will not be won to aught against him.

CATESBY

Hastings loved the prince’s father so much that we won’t be able to persuade him to do anything against the prince.

BUCKINGHAM

What think’st thou then of Stanley? Will not he?

BUCKINGHAM

What about Stanley? Won’t he join us?

CATESBY

He will do all in all as Hastings doth.

CATESBY

He’ll do whatever Hastings does.