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K. John. A good blunt fellow :- Why, being
younger born, Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance ?
Bast. I know not why, except to get the land. But once he slander'd me with bastardy : But whe'r I be as true-begot, or no, That still I lay upon my mother's head; But, that I am as well begot, my liege, Compare our faces, and be judge yourself. If old sir Robert did beget us both, And were our father, and this son like him ; O old sir Robert, father, knee I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. K. John. Why, what a madcap hath heaven lent
us here! Eli. He hath a trick 3 of Caur-de-lion's face, The accent of his tongue affecteth him : Do you
not read some tokens of my son In the large composition of this man?
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts, And finds them perfect Richard. Sirrah, speak, What doth move you to claim your
brother's land ? Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like my
father : With that half-face would he have all
land : A half-faced groat five hundred pound a year ! Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father
liv'd, Your brother did employ my father much ;
- Bast. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land; Your tale must be, how he employ'd my
mother. Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time: The advantage of his absence took the king, And in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's ;
3 Trace, outline,
Where how he did prevail, I shame to speak :
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
brother Had of
father claim'd this son for his ? In sooth, good friend, your father might have kept
In sooth, he might: then, if he were my brother's, My brother might not claim him; nor your father, Being none of his, refuse him: This concludes, Your father's heir must have
father's land. Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force, To dispossess that child which is not his ?
Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,
Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my shape,
Lest men should say, Look, where three-farthings
goes ! And, to his shape, were heir to all this land, 'Would I might never stir from off this place, I'd give it every foot to have this face; I would not be sir Nob in any case. Eli. I like thee well; Wilt thou forsake thy for
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
form thou bear'st: Kneel thou down Pbilip, but arise more great : Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet.
Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give me your
My father gave me honour, yours gave land :
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet ! I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so. Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth: What
though? K. John. Go, Faulconbridge; now hast thou thy For thou wast got i’the way of honesty.
desire, A landless knight makes thee a landed 'squire. Come, madam, and come, Richard; we must speed For France, for France ; for it is more than need. Bast. Brother, adieu ; Good fortune come to
[Exeunt all but the Bastard.
That is question now;
s Good evening
6 My travelled fop.
Enter Lady FAULCONBRIDGE and JAMES
GURNEY. O me! it is
mother: How now, good lady? What brings you here to court so hastily. Lady F. Where is that slave, thy brother? where
is he? That holds in chase mine honour
seek so? Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou unreverend
boy, Sir Robert's son: Why scorn’st thou at sir Robert ? He is sir Robert's son; and so art thou. Bast. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave a
while ? Gur. Good leave, good Philip. Bast.
Philip? - sparrow!- James, There's toys? abroad; anon I'll tell thee more.
[Exit GURNEY, Madam, I was not old sir Robert's son. Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy brother
too, That for thine own gain should'st defend mine ho
nour? What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave? Bast. Knight, knight, good mother, — Basilisco
land; Legitimation, name, and all is gone: Then, good my mother, let me know
father ; Some proper man, I hope ; Who was it, mother?
7 Idle reports, 8 A character in an old Drama called Soliman and Perseda,