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QUEEN ELIZABETH

Shall I be tempted of the devil thus?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Shall I be tempted by the devil?

RICHARD

Ay, if the devil tempt you to do good.

RICHARD

Yes, if the devil tempts you to do good.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Shall I forget myself to be myself?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Shall I forget the wrongs you’ve done to me so that I can be the mother of a king again?

RICHARD

Ay, if your self’s remembrance wrong yourself.

RICHARD

Yes, if your memories do you no good.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

425Yet thou didst kill my children.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Yet you killed my children.

RICHARD

But in your daughter’s womb I bury them,
Where, in that nest of spicery, they will breed
Selves of themselves, to your recomforture.

RICHARD

But in your daughter’s womb I will bury them. In that rich nest they shall grow again, to console you.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Shall I go win my daughter to thy will?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Should I go convince my daughter to marry you?

RICHARD

430And be a happy mother by the deed.

RICHARD

And be a happy mother by doing so.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

I go. Write to me very shortly,
And you shall understand from me her mind.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

I’m going. Write to me very soon and I’ll let you know what she thinks.

RICHARD

Bear her my true love’s kiss; and so, farewell.

RICHARD

Give her a kiss from me, her true love. And so, goodbye.
Exit QUEEN ELIZABETH
QUEEN ELIZABETH exits.
Relenting fool and shallow, changing woman!
Weak-willed fool! Shallow, fickle woman!
Enter RATCLIFFE, with CATESBY behind
RATCLIFFE enters, with CATESBY following.
435How now, what news?
Hello! What’s the news?