No Fear Act 3 Scene 4
No Fear Act 3 Scene 4 Page 2

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ELY

In happy time here comes the duke himself.

ELY

Right on cue, here’s the duke himself.

RICHARD

My noble lords and cousins all, good morrow.
I have been long a sleeper; but I trust
My absence doth neglect no great design
25Which by my presence might have been concluded.

RICHARD

My noble lords and relatives, good morning. I slept in. But I hope I didn’t delay any important decisions.

BUCKINGHAM

Had you not come upon your cue, my lord,
William Lord Hastings had pronounced your part—
I mean your voice for crowning of the king.

BUCKINGHAM

If you hadn’t shown up on cue, my lord, Lord Hastings was going to take your part—I mean, he was going to speak for you—in the crowning of the king.

RICHARD

Than my Lord Hastings no man might be bolder.
30His Lordship knows me well, and loves me well.—
My lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn
I saw good strawberries in your garden there;
I do beseech you, send for some of them.

RICHARD

No one may be bolder than my Lord Hastings. He knows me well and loves me well.—Ely, when I was last at your palace, I saw some great strawberries in your garden. I beg you, send someone to bring some of them.

ELY

Marry and will, my lord, with all my heart.

ELY

Yes, my lord. With pleasure.
Exit
He Exits.

RICHARD

35Cousin of Buckingham, a word with you.
They move aside
Catesby hath sounded Hastings in our business
And finds the testy gentleman so hot
As he will lose his head ere give consent
40His master’s child, as worshipfully he terms it,
Shall lose the royalty of England’s throne.

RICHARD

Buckingham, I need to have a word with you. (drawing him aside) Catesby has sounded Hastings out and found the prickly gentleman so opposed to our plan that he actually said he would die before he’d agree to have his “master’s son,” as he put it so devotedly, lose the crown.

BUCKINGHAM

Withdraw yourself awhile. I’ll go with you.

BUCKINGHAM

Move to the other room, my lord. I’ll come soon.
Exeunt RICHARD and BUCKINGHAM
RICHARD exits, with BUCKINGHAM following him.