Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

ANNE

And thou unfit for any place but hell.

ANNE

And you’re not suited for any place except hell.

RICHARD

Yes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.

RICHARD

Yes, and one other place, if you’ll only let me name it.

ANNE

115Some dungeon.

ANNE

Some dungeon.

RICHARD

Your bedchamber.

RICHARD

Your bedroom.

ANNE

Ill rest betide the chamber where thou liest!

ANNE

There is no rest to be had in any bedroom where you are!

RICHARD

So will it, madam till I lie with you.

RICHARD

Exactly, madam, until I sleep with you.

ANNE

I hope so.

ANNE

RICHARD

   I know so. But, gentle Lady Anne,
120To leave this keen encounter of our wits
And fall something into a slower method—
Is not the causer of the timeless deaths
Of these Plantagenets, Henry and Edward,
As blameful as the executioner?

RICHARD

I know I am. But, gentle Lady Anne, let’s stop this rapid-fire argument and move more slowly. Isn’t the person who caused the untimely deaths of these two

Plantagenets

Plantagenet was the name of the royal family that ruled England from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. Both the Lancasters, the family to which Lady Anne’s husband and father-in-law belonged, and the Yorks, the family to which Richard and his brothers belong, are descended from the Plantagenets.

Plantagenets
, Henry and Edward, as much to blame as the person who actually executed the murders?