Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter BUCKINGHAM and Lord STANLEY, Earl of Derby
The duke of BUCKINGHAM and Lord STANLEY, Earl of Derby, enter.

GREY

Here comes the lord of Buckingham, and Derby.

GREY

Here come Lord Buckingham and Lord Derby.

BUCKINGHAM

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH) Good time of day unto your royal Grace.

BUCKINGHAM

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH) Good afternoon, your royal Highness!

STANLEY

20God make your Majesty joyful, as you have been.

STANLEY

I hope God makes you happy again, like you once were.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

The countess Richmond, good my lord of Derby,
To your good prayer will scarcely say amen.
Yet, Derby, notwithstanding she’s your wife
And loves not me, be you, good lord, assured
25I hate not you for her proud arrogance.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

My good Lord Derby, the countess Richmond would hardly say

“amen”

Before the Countess of Richmond was Stanley’s wife, she was married to Edmund Tudor. She is the mother of the earl of Richmond, the future Henry VII, who will prove to be an important character later in this play.

“amen”
to your kind words. But don’t worry. I don’t hold it against you, even though she’s your wife, that she’s so unfriendly and arrogant.

STANLEY

I do beseech you either not believe
The envious slanders of her false accusers,
Or if she be accused in true report,
Bear with her weakness, which I think proceeds
30From wayward sickness and no grounded malice.

STANLEY

Please don’t believe the false rumors you’ve heard about her feelings toward you, or if they’re true, then forgive her, since she’s only acting that way because she’s sick, not because she hates you.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Saw you the king today, my lord of Derby?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Did you see the king today, Lord Derby?

STANLEY

But now the duke of Buckingham and I
Are come from visiting his majesty.

STANLEY

Yes, the duke of Buckingham and I have just returned from visiting him.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What likelihood of his amendment, lords?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What are the chances of his getting better, lords?

BUCKINGHAM

35Madam, good hope. His grace speaks cheerfully.

BUCKINGHAM

Madam, keep up hope. He seems cheerful.