Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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RICHARD

He lives that loves thee better than he could.

RICHARD

Wrong. There is a man who loves you better than your husband could.

ANNE

Name him.

ANNE

Name him.

RICHARD

   Plantagenet.

RICHARD

Plantagenet.

ANNE

     Why, that was he.

ANNE

Yes, that’s my husband’s name.

RICHARD

The selfsame name, but one of better nature.

RICHARD

Someone else has the same name, but he’s a better man.

ANNE

Where is he?

ANNE

Where is this man?

RICHARD

   Here.

RICHARD

Here.
She spitteth at him
ANNE spits at him.
   Why dost thou spit at me?
Why do you spit at me?

ANNE

150Would it were mortal poison for thy sake.

ANNE

If only I could spit poison.

RICHARD

Never came poison from so sweet a place.

RICHARD

Poison never came from such a sweet place.

ANNE

Never hung poison on a fouler toad.
Out of my sight! Thou dost infect mine eyes.

ANNE

Poison never landed on such an ugly toad. Get out of my sight! You’re poisoning my eyes.

RICHARD

Thine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine.

RICHARD

Your beautiful eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine with love.

ANNE

155Would they were basilisks to strike thee dead.

ANNE