Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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She falls the sword
ANNE lets the sword drop.
Take up the sword again, or take up me.
Take up the sword again, or take me up.

ANNE

Arise, dissembler. Though I wish thy death,
190I will not be the executioner.

ANNE

Get up, liar. Though I wish you were dead, I’m not going to be the one to kill you.

RICHARD

(rising) Then bid me kill myself, and I will do it.

RICHARD

(rising) Then tell me to kill myself, and I will.

ANNE

I have already.

ANNE

I have already.

RICHARD

     That was in thy rage.
Speak it again and, even with the word,
This hand, which for thy love did kill thy love,
195Shall for thy love kill a far truer love.
To both their deaths shalt thou be accessory.

RICHARD

You said it when you were furious. Say it again—just one word, and my hand, which killed your lover out of love, will kill your far truer lover. You will be an accessory to both crimes.

ANNE

I would I knew thy heart.

ANNE

I wish I knew what was in your heart.

RICHARD

'Tis figured in my tongue.

RICHARD

I’ve told you.

ANNE

I fear me both are false.

ANNE

I fear that your words and your heart are both false.

RICHARD

200Then never man was man true.

RICHARD

Then no man has ever been honest.

ANNE

Well, well, put up your sword.

ANNE

Well, then, put your sword away.

RICHARD

Say then my peace is made.

RICHARD

Tell me that you’ll accept my love.

ANNE

That shall you know hereafter.

ANNE

You’ll know about that later.