Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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80And, for unfelt imaginations,
They often feel a world of restless cares,
So that betwixt their titles and low name
There’s nothing differs but the outward fame.
Instead of the pleasures we think they’re enjoying, they experience a whole world of worries. It turns out the only difference between them and peasants is their fame.
Enter the two MURDERERS
The two MURDERERS enter.

FIRST MURDERER

Ho, who’s here?

FIRST MURDERER

Ho! Who’s there?

BRAKENBURY

85What wouldst thou, fellow? And how cam’st thou hither?

BRAKENBURY

What do you want, fellow? And how did you get in here?

SECOND MURDERER

I would speak with Clarence, and I came hither on my legs.

SECOND MURDERER

I want to speak with Clarence, and I came here on my legs.

BRAKENBURY

What, so brief?

BRAKENBURY

That’s it? Nothing to add?

FIRST MURDERER

'Tis better, sir, to be brief than tedious.—Let him see our commission, and talk no more.

FIRST MURDERER

Well, sir, it’s better to say little than to be tedious. (to SECOND MURDERER) Show him our orders and keep your mouth shut.
BRAKENBURY reads the paper
BRAKENBURY reads the paper

BRAKENBURY

90I am in this commanded to deliver
The noble duke of Clarence to your hands.
I will not reason what is meant hereby
Because I will be guiltless from the meaning.
There lies the duke asleep, and there the keys.
95 He hands them the keys
I’ll to the king and signify to him
That thus I have resigned my charge to you.

BRAKENBURY

It orders me to hand the noble duke of Clarence over to you. I won’t ask why because I’d rather not know than feel guilty if you’re doing something you shouldn’t be. Here are the keys, and there is the duke, sleeping. (he hands them the keys) I’ll go to the king to let him know I’ve handed my prisoner over to you.

FIRST MURDERER

You may, sir. 'Tis a point of wisdom. Fare you well.

FIRST MURDERER

You may, sir. That’s a wise idea. Goodbye.