Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 4

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SECOND MURDERER

Spoke like a tall man that respects thy reputation. Come, shall we fall to work?

SECOND MURDERER

Spoken like a brave man who respects his reputation. Shall we get to work?

FIRST MURDERER

Take him on the costard with the hilts of thy sword, and then throw him into the malmsey butt in the next room.

FIRST MURDERER

We’ll hit him on the head with the handles of our swords, then throw him in the wine barrel in the next room.

SECOND MURDERER

O excellent device— and make a sop of him.

SECOND MURDERER

What an excellent idea—he’ll soak up the wine!

FIRST MURDERER

Soft, he wakes.

FIRST MURDERER

Wait a moment. He’s waking up.

SECOND MURDERER

145Strike!

SECOND MURDERER

Strike!

FIRST MURDERER

No, we’ll reason with him.

FIRST MURDERER

No, first let’s talk to him.
CLARENCE wakes
CLARENCE wakes

CLARENCE

Where art thou, keeper? Give me a cup of wine.

CLARENCE

Where are you, keeper? Give me a cup of wine.

SECOND MURDERER

You shall have wine enough, my lord, anon.

SECOND MURDERER

You’ll have wine enough, my lord, soon.

CLARENCE

In God’s name, what art thou?

CLARENCE

In God’s name, who are you?

FIRST MURDERER

     A man, as you are.

FIRST MURDERER

A man, like you.

CLARENCE

150But not, as I am, royal.

CLARENCE

But not a member of the royal family, like me.

FIRST MURDERER

Nor you, as we are, loyal.

FIRST MURDERER

And you’re not loyal, like us.

CLARENCE

Thy voice is thunder, but thy looks are humble.

CLARENCE

Your voice is loud and commanding, but you look like a working man.

FIRST MURDERER

My voice is now the king’s, my looks mine own.

FIRST MURDERER

I’m speaking for the king, but I look like myself.