Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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RICHARD

Because that, like a jack, thou keep’st the stroke
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
I am not in the giving vein today.

RICHARD

Because you’re like the lowborn fellow who strikes the bell—you keep interrupting my thoughts. I am not in the giving mood today.

BUCKINGHAM

120Why then, resolve me whether you will or no.

BUCKINGHAM

Well, then, let me know whether you will give me the earldom some other time.

RICHARD

Thou troublest me; I am not in the vein.

RICHARD

You’re bothering me. I’m not in the mood.
Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM
Everyone except BUCKINGHAM exits.

BUCKINGHAM

And is it thus? Repays he my deep service
With such deep contempt? Made I him king for this?
O, let me think on Hastings and be gone
125To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on!

BUCKINGHAM

Is this really happening? Does he reward my dedicated service with such deep contempt? Did I work to make him king for this? Oh, let me remember what happened to Hastings and hurry to

Brecknock

Brecknock was Buckingham’s family estate in southeast Wales.

Brecknock
while I still have my head on my shoulders!
Exit
He exits.