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    RSC Workshop - Acting for the Stage

    by William Shakespeare
    MFFE script version 1.50 CloudReader v1.05
  • A2S3
  • Act Two Scene Three (Richard III)


    Enter Citizen at one door, and another at the other.
    !!! First speech of scene
    1st_citizen.
    Good morrow, Neighbour: whither away so fast?
    --- away so fast?
    2nd_citizen.
    I promise you, I scarcely know myself.
    Hear you the news abroad?
    the news abroad?
    1st_citizen.
    Yes, that the King is dead.
    --- King is dead.
    2nd_citizen.
    Ill news by'r lady; seldom comes the better.
    I fear, I fear, 'twill prove giddy world.
    >>> a giddy world.
    Enter another Citizen.
    --- a giddy world.
    3rd_citizen.
    Neighbours, God speed.
    Neighbours, God speed.
    1st_citizen.
    Give you good-morrow, sir.
    --- you good-morrow, sir.
    3rd_citizen.
    Doth the news hold of good King Edward's death?
    --- king Edward's death?
    2nd_citizen.
    Ay, sir, it is too true, God help the while.
    --- help the while.
    3rd_citizen.
    Then, Masters, look to see a troublous world.
    --- a troublous world.
    1st_citizen.
    No, no, by God's good grace, his Son shall reign.
    --- Son shall reign.
    3rd_citizen.
    Woe to that Land that's govern'd by a Child.
    --- by a Child.
    2nd_citizen.
    In him there is a hope of Government,
    Which, in his nonage, council under him,
    And in his full and ripened years himself,
    No doubt shall then, and till then, govern well.
    --- then, govern well.
    1st_citizen.
    So stood the State when Henry the Sixth
    Was crowned in Paris but at nine months old.
    --- nine months old.
    3rd_citizen.
    Stood the State so? No, no, good friends, God wot.
    For then this Land was famously enrich'd
    With politic grave Counsel; then the King
    Had virtuous Uncles to protect his Grace.
    --- protect his Grace.
    1st_citizen.
    Why, so hath this, both by his Father and Mother.
    --- Father and Mother.
    3rd_citizen.
    Better it were they all came by his Father,
    Or by his Father there were none at all:
    For emulations who shall now be nearest
    Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not.
    O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester,
    And the Queen's Sons and Brothers, haught and proud;
    And were they to be rul'd, and not to rule,
    This sickly Land, might solace as before.
    --- solace as before.
    1st_citizen.
    Come, come: we fear the worst; all will be well.
    --- will be well.
    3rd_citizen.
    When Clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks;
    When great leaves fall, then Winter is at hand;
    When the Sun sets, who doth not look for night?
    Untimely storms, makes men expect a Dearth.
    All may be well; but if God sort it so
    'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.
    --- or I expect.
    2nd_citizen.
    Truly, the hearts of men are full of fear:
    You cannot reason almost with a man
    That looks not heavily and full of dread.
    --- full of dread.
    3rd_citizen.
    Before the days of Change still is it so:
    By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust
    Ensuing danger, as by proof we see
    The Water swell before a boist'rous storm.
    But leave it all to God. Whither away?
    --- God. Whither away?
    2nd_citizen.
    Marry, we were sent for to the Justices.
    --- to the Justices.
    3rd_citizen.
    And so was I: I'll bear you company.
    >>> bear you company.
    Exeunt.
  • A2S3