Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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RICHARD

90Say that I slew them not.

RICHARD

Let’s say I didn’t kill them.

ANNE

Then say they were not slain.
But dead they are, and devilish slave, by thee.

ANNE

Then you might as well say they’re not dead. But they are dead, and you killed them, you slave of the devil.

RICHARD

I did not kill your husband.

RICHARD

I did not kill your husband.

ANNE

Why then, he is alive.

ANNE

Well, then he must be alive.

RICHARD

95Nay, he is dead, and slain by Edward’s hands.

RICHARD

No, he is dead. Edward killed him.

ANNE

In thy foul throat thou liest. Queen Margaret saw
Thy murd'rous falchion smoking in his blood,
The which thou once didst bend against her breast,
But that thy brothers beat aside the point.

ANNE

You’re lying. Queen Margaret saw your sword steaming with his blood. It was the same sword you almost killed her with—and you would have killed her if my brothers hadn’t fought you off.

RICHARD

100I was provokèd by her sland'rous tongue,
That laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders.

RICHARD

She provoked me with her lying mouth, accusing me of crimes I didn’t commit.

ANNE

Thou wast provokèd by thy bloody mind,
That never dream’st on aught but butcheries.
Didst thou not kill this king?

ANNE

No, what provoked you was your own bloody mind, which never thinks about anything but butchering. You killed this king, didn’t you?

RICHARD

105I grant you.

RICHARD

Yes, I’ll grant you that.

ANNE

Dost grant me, hedgehog? Then, God grant me too
Thou mayst be damnèd for that wicked deed.
O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous.

ANNE

You’ll grant me, you hedgehog? Then let God grant me that you’ll be damned for that wicked deed. Oh, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous.

RICHARD

The better for the King of heaven that hath him.

RICHARD

That will please God, who has him now.

ANNE

110He is in heaven, where thou shalt never come.

ANNE

He is in heaven, where you will never go.

RICHARD

Let him thank me, that holp to send him thither,
For he was fitter for that place than earth.

RICHARD

Let him thank me, who helped him get there. He’s better suited to be there than here.