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Henry IV, Part 2
Act 2, scene 3

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Henry IV, Part 2, continues the story of Henry IV, Part I. Northumberland learns that his son Hotspur is dead, and…

Induction

Following the battle of Shrewsbury (where King Henry and Prince Hal were victorious and Hotspur killed), Rumor spreads the false…

Act 1, scene 1

Northumberland, who had pleaded illness as an excuse for not appearing at the battle of Shrewsbury, learns that his son,…

Act 1, scene 2

Sir John Falstaff is confronted by the Lord Chief Justice. Since Falstaff has come away from Shrewsbury with the reputation…

Act 1, scene 3

At York, the Archbishop discusses with Mowbray, Hastings, and Lord Bardolph whether they can defeat the king’s forces if their…

Act 2, scene 1

Sir John is arrested for the debt he owes Mistress Quickly. He persuades her to drop the charges and to…

Act 2, scene 2

Learning that Falstaff will be dining that night in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins decide to disguise themselves as waiters…

Act 2, scene 3

Northumberland is persuaded by his daughter-in-law, Hotspur’s widow, to abandon the other rebels.

Act 2, scene 4

At Mistress Quickly’s inn in Eastcheap, a fight erupts after Falstaff ’s ensign, Pistol, insults Doll Tearsheet. The disguised Prince Hal…

Act 3, scene 1

An ill and anxious King Henry IV consults with Warwick.

Act 3, scene 2

On his journey through Gloucestershire, Falstaff selects recruits for the army and decides that, on his return, he will fleece…

Act 4, scene 1

The leaders of the rebellion reach Gaultree Forest, where they present their grievances to Westmoreland. After Prince John promises redress…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff meets a rebel knight, who surrenders to him. When Prince John reproaches Falstaff for his late arrival, Falstaff turns…

Act 4, scene 3

Just after receiving the good news about the defeat of all the rebel forces, Henry IV falls into a swoon….

Act 5, scene 1

Falstaff observes Shallow and his servants in order to be ready to entertain Prince Hal with amusing stories.

Act 5, scene 2

Prince Hal reassures an anxious Lord Chief Justice.

Act 5, scene 3

On the news of Henry IV’s death, Falstaff and Shallow set off joyfully for London.

Act 5, scene 4

Doll Tearsheet is arrested.

Act 5, scene 5

The newly crowned King Henry V keeps his word to the Lord Chief Justice.

Epilogue

The speaker apologizes for the play and promises another play with Falstaff in it.

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Scene 3
Enter Northumberland, his wife, and the wife to
Harry Percy.


NORTHUMBERLAND 
 I pray thee, loving wife and gentle daughter,
 Give even way unto my rough affairs.
 Put not you on the visage of the times
 And be, like them, to Percy troublesome.
LADY NORTHUMBERLAND 
5 I have given over. I will speak no more.
 Do what you will; your wisdom be your guide.
NORTHUMBERLAND 
 Alas, sweet wife, my honor is at pawn,
 And, but my going, nothing can redeem it.
LADY PERCY 
 O yet, for God’s sake, go not to these wars.
10 The time was, father, that you broke your word
 When you were more endeared to it than now,
 When your own Percy, when my heart’s dear Harry,
 Threw many a northward look to see his father
 Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain.
15 Who then persuaded you to stay at home?
 There were two honors lost, yours and your son’s.
 For yours, the God of heaven brighten it.
 For his, it stuck upon him as the sun
 In the gray vault of heaven, and by his light
20 Did all the chivalry of England move
 To do brave acts. He was indeed the glass
 Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.
 He had no legs that practiced not his gait;
 And speaking thick, which nature made his blemish,
25 Became the accents of the valiant;
 For those that could speak low and tardily
 Would turn their own perfection to abuse

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 To seem like him. So that in speech, in gait,
 In diet, in affections of delight,
30 In military rules, humors of blood,
 He was the mark and glass, copy and book,
 That fashioned others. And him—O wondrous him!
 O miracle of men!—him did you leave,
 Second to none, unseconded by you,
35 To look upon the hideous god of war
 In disadvantage, to abide a field
 Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur’s name
 Did seem defensible. So you left him.
 Never, O never, do his ghost the wrong
40 To hold your honor more precise and nice
 With others than with him. Let them alone.
 The Marshal and the Archbishop are strong.
 Had my sweet Harry had but half their numbers,
 Today might I, hanging on Hotspur’s neck,
45 Have talked of Monmouth’s grave.
NORTHUMBERLAND  Beshrew your
 heart,
 Fair daughter, you do draw my spirits from me
 With new lamenting ancient oversights.
50 But I must go and meet with danger there,
 Or it will seek me in another place
 And find me worse provided.
LADY NORTHUMBERLAND  O, fly to Scotland
 Till that the nobles and the armèd commons
55 Have of their puissance made a little taste.
LADY PERCY 
 If they get ground and vantage of the King,
 Then join you with them like a rib of steel
 To make strength stronger; but, for all our loves,
 First let them try themselves. So did your son;
60 He was so suffered. So came I a widow,
 And never shall have length of life enough

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 To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes
 That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven
 For recordation to my noble husband.
NORTHUMBERLAND 
65 Come, come, go in with me. ’Tis with my mind
 As with the tide swelled up unto his height,
 That makes a still-stand, running neither way.
 Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop,
 But many thousand reasons hold me back.
70 I will resolve for Scotland. There am I
 Till time and vantage crave my company.
They exit.