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Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON
HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON enter.

HOTSPUR
We’ll fight with him tonight.
HOTSPUR
We’ll fight him tonight.

WORCESTER
   It may not be.
WORCESTER
We can’t do that.

DOUGLAS
You give him then advantage.
DOUGLAS
Then you’re giving him the advantage.

VERNON
   Not a whit.
VERNON
Not in the least.

HOTSPUR
Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?
HOTSPUR
Why do you say that? Doesn’t he have backup coming?

VERNON
So do we.
VERNON
So do we.

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HOTSPUR
His is certain; ours is doubtful.
HOTSPUR
His is guaranteed. Ours isn’t.

WORCESTER
Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.
WORCESTER
Nephew, I’m telling you. Don’t start the fighting tonight.

VERNON
(to HOTSPUR ) Do not, my lord.
VERNON
(to HOTSPUR ) Don’t, my lord.


DOUGLAS
   You do not counsel well.
You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
DOUGLAS
You’re giving poor advice, based on fear and cowardice.


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VERNON
Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life
(And I dare well maintain it with my life),
If well-respected honor bid me on,
I hold as little counsel with weak fear
As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
Which of us fears.
VERNON
Don’t slander me, Douglas. I swear on my life—and I’ll prove it with my life—that if I’m roused to fight through thoughtful, careful consideration, I’m just as unafraid as you, my lord, or any Scotsman alive. In tomorrow’s battle, we’ll see which one of us is afraid.

DOUGLAS
   Yea, or tonight.
DOUGLAS
Fine. Or tonight.

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