Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 3

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Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, Lord Marquess of DORSET, Lord RIVERS, and Lord GREY
QUEEN ELIZABETH, the lord marquess of DORSET, RIVERS, and Lord GREY enter.

RIVERS

Have patience, madam. There’s no doubt his majesty
Will soon recover his accustomed health.

RIVERS

Be patient, madam. I’m sure his majesty will recover his health soon.

GREY

In that you brook it ill, it makes him worse.
Therefore, for God’s sake, entertain good comfort
5And cheer his grace with quick and merry eyes.

GREY

You’ll only make him worse with all your worry. For God’s sake, let people comfort you. Then you’ll be able to cheer him up.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

If he were dead, what would betide on me?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

If he were dead, what would happen to me?

RIVERS

No other harm but loss of such a lord.

GREY

Nothing more than that you’d lose your husband.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

The loss of such a lord includes all harms.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Losing this husband will cause me all sorts of harm.

GREY

The heavens have blessed you with a goodly son
10To be your comforter when he is gone.

GREY

You have been blessed with an excellent son, who will comfort you when the king is dead.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Ah, he is young, and his minority
Is put unto the trust of Richard Gloucester,
A man that loves not me nor none of you.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

But he’s young, and as long as he’s too young to become king, Richard, the duke of Gloucester, has power over him. Richard loves neither me nor any of you.

RIVERS

Is it concluded that he shall be Protector?

RIVERS

QUEEN ELIZABETH

15It is determined, not concluded yet;
But so it must be if the king miscarry.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

It’s been decided, though not yet officially announced. But that’s what will happen if the king dies.