Henry VI, Part One; Henry VI, Part Two; Henry VI, Part Three
New American Library, 1986 - 620 pages
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But the episode distinctly recalls the first scene of the same act , where the already scheming Plantagenet is made Duke of York without having done anything to merit his elevation and pledges his fealty to the king with a hollow heart ...
ACT I. SCENE iv . ( 1. ii . 22–3 ] An oath is of no moment , being not took Before a true and lawful magistrate . The obligation of an oath is here eluded by very despicable sophistry . A lawful magistrate alone has the power to exact ...
SCENE vi . ( 11. v . 21 foll . ] O God ! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain . This speech is mournful and soft , exquisitely suited to the character of the king , and makes a pleasing interchange ...
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Henry VI Part One
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