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QUEEN ELIZABETH

Flatter my sorrow with report of it.
Tell me what state, what dignity, what honor,
Canst thou demise to any child of mine?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Flatter me in my mourning: tell me what dignity or honor you could possible bring to any child of mine?

RICHARD

250Even all I have— ay, and myself and all—
Will I withal endow a child of thine;
So in the Lethe of thy angry soul
Thou drown the sad remembrance of those wrongs
Which thou supposest I have done to thee.

RICHARD

The dignity of everything I own. In fact, I will give a child of yours everything plus myself, provided you forget the wrongs you imagine I have done to you.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

255Be brief, lest that the process of thy kindness
Last longer telling than thy kindness' date.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Well, explain—but do it fast so that your puny store of kindness isn’t used up by talking about it.

RICHARD

Then know that from my soul I love thy daughter.

RICHARD

Then know that from my soul I love your daughter.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

My daughter’s mother thinks it with her soul.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

I believe it.

RICHARD

What do you think?

RICHARD

What do you believe?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

260That thou dost love my daughter from thy soul.
So from thy soul’s love didst thou love her brothers,
And from my heart’s love I do thank thee for it.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

That you love my daughter to spite your soul. That’s the way you loved my brothers. And that’s the way I thank you for it.

RICHARD

Be not so hasty to confound my meaning.
I mean that with my soul I love thy daughter
265And do intend to make her Queen of England.

RICHARD

Don’t be so quick to twist my meaning. I mean that I love your daughter with all my soul. I intend to make her queen of England.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Well then, who dost thou mean shall be her king?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Tell me, who will be the king?

RICHARD

Even he that makes her queen. Who else should be?

RICHARD

The one who makes her queen, of course. Who else should it be?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What, thou?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What, you?

RICHARD

Even so. How think you of it?

RICHARD

Yes, exactly. Me. What do you think, madam?