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Richard III

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Enter old QUEEN MARGARET
Old QUEEN MARGARET enters.





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QUEEN MARGARET
So now prosperity begins to mellow
And drop into the rotten mouth of death.
Here in these confines slyly have I lurked
To watch the waning of mine enemies.
A dire induction am I witness to,
And will to France, hoping the consequence
Will prove as bitter, black, and tragical.
Withdraw thee, wretched Margaret. Who comes here?
QUEEN MARGARET
So now the good times have ripened and grown rotten. I’ve lurked in the shadows here to watch the downfall of my enemies. I’ve been watching the terrible prologue to a scene that I hope will prove dark and tragic. I’ll head to France soon. It’s time to hide, wretched Margaret. Who’s coming?
She steps aside
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS of York
QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS of York enter.


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QUEEN ELIZABETH
Ah, my poor princes! Ah, my tender babes,
My unblown flowers, new-appearing sweets,
If yet your gentle souls fly in the air
And be not fixed in doom perpetual,
Hover about me with your airy wings
And hear your mother’s lamentation.
QUEEN ELIZABETH
Ah, my poor princes! Ah, my tender babes, my flowers who didn’t even get a chance to bloom. If your gentle souls are still flying in the air and have not yet landed where they will remain forever, hover around me with your airy wings and hear your mother’s lament.

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QUEEN MARGARET
Hover about her; say that right for right
Hath dimmed your infant morn to agèd night.
QUEEN MARGARET
Hover about her and tell her she got what she deserved, with her children dead before their time.



DUCHESS
So many miseries have crazed my voice
That my woe-wearied tongue is still and mute.
Edward Plantagenet, why art thou dead?
DUCHESS
I’ve been crazed with so many miseries that my tongue has tired of lamenting and gone mute. Edward Plantagenet, why are you dead?

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QUEEN MARGARET
(aside) Plantagenet doth quit Plantagenet;
Edward for Edward pays a dying debt.
QUEEN MARGARET
(to herself) One Plantagenet pays for the other. One Edward dies to pay a debt for the other Edward who died.

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