Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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RICHARD

I do remember me, Henry the Sixth
Did prophesy that Richmond should be king,
When Richmond was a little peevish boy.
A king, perhaps—

RICHARD

As I remember, Henry the Sixth prophesied that Richmond would be king when Richmond was only a foolish little boy. A king, perhaps—

BUCKINGHAM

100My lord—

BUCKINGHAM

My lord—

RICHARD

How chance the prophet could not at that time
Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?

RICHARD

How is it that the prophet didn’t tell me at the time that I would kill him?

BUCKINGHAM

My lord, your promise for the earldom—

BUCKINGHAM

My lord, your promise of the earldom—

RICHARD

Richmond! When last I was at Exeter,
105The mayor in courtesy showed me the castle
And called it Rougemont, at which name I started,
Because a bard of Ireland told me once
I should not live long after I saw Richmond.

RICHARD

Richmond! The last time I was in Exeter, the mayor kindly showed me the castle there and called it “

Rougemont

The words “Rougemont” and “Richmond” were pronounced similarly, and both mean “red hill.”

Rougemont
.” The name startled me because an Irish poet once told me that I would die soon after seeing “Richmond.”

BUCKINGHAM

My Lord—

BUCKINGHAM

My lord!

RICHARD

110Ay, what’s o'clock?

RICHARD

Yes, what time is it?

BUCKINGHAM

I am thus bold to put your Grace in mind
Of what you promised me.

BUCKINGHAM

I’m reminding your grace what you promised me.

RICHARD

Well, but what’s o'clock?

RICHARD

Well, but what time is it?

BUCKINGHAM

Upon the stroke of ten.

BUCKINGHAM

It’s almost ten o'clock.

RICHARD

115Well, let it strike.

RICHARD

Well, let it strike ten then.

BUCKINGHAM

Why let it strike?

BUCKINGHAM

Why “let it strike”?