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Act 3, Scene 3


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'Take not, good cousin, further than you should, Lest you mistake: the heavens are o'er our heads.' (York)
York tells Bullingbrooke not to take more than he's owed as God is watching.
'And lay the summer's dust with showers of blood, Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen,' (Bulling.)
Bullingbrooke threatens much violence if his demands are not met.
'Be he the fire, I'll be the yielding water; The rage be his, whilst on earth I rain My waters: on the earth, and not on him.' (Bulling.)
Richard's reign will be put out with Bullingbrooke's rain.
'When he perceives the envious clouds are bent To dim his glory and to stain the track Of his bright passage to the Occident.' (Bulling.)
He says that Richard's sun will be stopped by him from seeing through his full reign.
'Yet looks he like a king: behold, his eye, As bright as is the eagle's,' (Bulling.)
Richard looks like a king with an eagle eye.
'show us the hand of God that has dismissed us from our stewardship;' (Richard)
Where is the God who has told me to go?
'For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Can gripe the sacred handle of our sceptre,' (Richard)
Everybody believed that no normal, mortal man could be king.
'God omnipotent, Is mustering in his clouds, on our behalf, Armies of pestilence, and they shall strike Your children yet unborn and unbegot,' (Richard)
Richard threatens and foreshadows Bullingbrooke's rule.
'he is come to ope the purple testament of bleeding war.' (Richard)
Richard fortells that Bullingbrooke's actions will result in a bloody war.
'Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons Shall ill become the flower of England's face,' (Richard)
Richard prophesies the civil war that happens under Bullingbrooke's rule.
'bedew Her pastures' grass with faithful English blood.' (Richard)
The blood of the faithful will cover the land.
'O that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name!' (Richard)
Richard wishes her were as powerful as his grief is, or that he were just a normal man.
'Or that I could forget what I have been! Or not remember what I must be now!' (Richard)
Richard wishes to forget that he was a great king and wishes to not know what has become of him.
'Swell'st thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to beat, Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me.' (Richard)
Richard rises to the challenge and says he has to try to fight back.
'What must a King do now? Must he submit?' (Richard)
Richard asks Aumerle what he should do.
'Must he lose The name of King? A God's name let it go.' (Richard)
Richard asks must he lose the title God has given him?
'I'll give my jewels for a set of beads, My gorgeous palace for a hermitage,' (Richard)
Richard says he will swap his fine things for those that are rough and common.
'And my large kingdom for a little grave, A little, little grave, an obscure grave;' (Richard)
He will swap his kingdom for a tiny, insignificant grave.
'where subjects' feet May hourly trample on their Sovereign's head;' (Richard)
His subjects will walk all over him as they now walk all over his heart.
'For on my heart they tread now whilst I live,' (Richard)
Richard feels betrayed by his people.
'Down, down I come, like glist'ring Phaeton, Wanting the manage of unruly jades.' (Richard)
Richard compares himself to the son of Apollo who was slain by Zeus to save the earth.
''In the base court'? 'Come down'? Down court, down King!' (Richard)
Richard quotes Northumberland and ridicules his own lowly status.
'Your own is yours, and I am yours, and all.' (Richard)
Richard gives in to Bullingbrooke.
'For we must do what force will have us do.' (Richard)
Richard recognises that if he doesn't submit, he will be forced to do so.
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