Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, DUCHESS of York, and DORSET at one door; ANNE, duchess of Gloucester with CLARENCE’s young daughter at another door
QUEEN ELIZABETH, DUCHESS of York, and DORSET enter on one side, and ANNE, the duchess of Gloucester, enters on the other, leading Clarence’s young daughter, Lady Margaret Plantagenet.

DUCHESS

Who meets us here? My niece Plantagenet
Led in the hand of her kind aunt of Gloucester?
Now, for my life, she’s wandering to the Tower,
On pure heart’s love, to greet the tender prince.—
5Daughter, well met.

DUCHESS

Who’s this? My granddaughter, with her kind aunt, the duchess of Gloucester, leading her by the hand? Now, on my life, the young child must be headed to the Tower to greet the young princes, whom she adores. Daughter, how nice to see you.

ANNE

     God give your Graces both
A happy and a joyful time of day.

ANNE

Good afternoon!

QUEEN ELIZABETH

As much to you, good sister. Whither away?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

The same to you, good sister. Where are you going?

ANNE

No farther than the Tower, and, as I guess,
Upon the like devotion as yourselves,
10To gratulate the gentle princes there.

ANNE

Just to the Tower—I’m guessing, for the same reason you are: to salute the noble princes who are staying there.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Kind sister, thanks. We’ll enter all together.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Yes, kind sister. We can all go together.
Enter BRAKENBURY
BRAKENBURY enters.
And in good time here the lieutenant comes.—
Master Lieutenant, pray you, by your leave,
How doth the prince and my young son of York?
And here comes the warden, just in time. Officer, please tell us, if you will, how are the prince and my little son, York?

BRAKENBURY

15Right well, dear madam. By your patience,
I may not suffer you to visit them.
The king hath strictly charged the contrary.

BRAKENBURY

They’re just fine, my dear madam. But I’m sorry—I’m not allowed to let you visit them. The king has strictly forbidden it.