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RATCLIFFE

Most mighty sovereign, on the western coast
Rideth a puissant navy. To our shores
Throng many doubtful hollow-hearted friends,
Unarmed and unresolved to beat them back.
440'Tis thought that Richmond is their admiral;
And there they hull, expecting but the aid
Of Buckingham to welcome them ashore.

RATCLIFFE

My noble king, a powerful fleet of ships sails on the western coast. Many former friends of ours have gathered to meet the fleet and aren’t willing to beat it back. Word is that Richmond is the navy’s admiral. The ships are drifting off the coast, sails unfurled, only waiting for Buckingham to help them come ashore.

RICHARD

Some light-foot friend post to the duke of Norfolk—
Ratcliffe, thyself, or Catesby. Where is he?

RICHARD

Someone who can ride fast, go to the duke of

Norfolk

Norfolk was a York loyalist–he stood behind Edward IV and Richard III, and he died fighting for Richard.

Norfolk
. You go, Ratcliffe, or Catesby. Where is Catesby?

CATESBY

445Here, my good lord.

CATESBY

Here, my good lord.

RICHARD

Catesby, fly to the duke.

RICHARD

Catesby, fly to the duke.

CATESBY

I will, my lord, with all convenient haste.

CATESBY

I will my lord, as fast as I can.

RICHARD

Ratcliffe, come hither. Post to Salisbury.
When thou com’st thither
450(to CATESBY) Dull, unmindful villain,
Why stay’st thou here and go’st not to the duke?

RICHARD

Ratcliffe, come here. Ride to Salisbury. When you get there—(to CATESBY) Stupid, distracted rascal, why are you still standing there? Why haven’t you left for the duke’s?

CATESBY

First, mighty liege, tell me your Highness' pleasure,
What from your Grace I shall deliver to him.

CATESBY

First, mighty king, tell me what you want me to tell him.

RICHARD

O true, good Catesby. Bid him levy straight
455The greatest strength and power that he can make
And meet me suddenly at Salisbury.

RICHARD

Oh, right, good Catesby. Tell him to gather together the greatest army he can muster in a hurry and meet me right away at Salisbury.

CATESBY

I go.

CATESBY

I’m off.
Exit
He exits.