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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 3, scene 2

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With an underage boy now king of England, Henry VI, Part 1, depicts the collapse of England’s role in France, as…

Act 1, scene 1

The funeral procession for Henry V is interrupted first by a quarrel between Gloucester and Winchester and then by messengers…

Act 1, scene 2

Charles the Dauphin, leader of the French, is defeated by a small English force that is besieging Orleance. He is…

Act 1, scene 3

Gloucester visits the Tower of London, only to be denied entry by Winchester. The servants of the two nobles skirmish…

Act 1, scene 4

The master gunner of Orleance shows his boy how to fire on the English when they come to spy. The…

Act 1, scene 5

Talbot attacks, fights Pucelle, fails to defeat her, and accuses her of witchcraft. The English, defeated, retreat.

Act 1, scene 6

The French celebrate Pucelle’s victory.

Act 2, scene 1

The English forces, led by Bedford, Burgundy, and Talbot, scale the walls of Orleance and drive out the French, who…

Act 2, scene 2

The English plan a grand tomb for the dead Salisbury, in part as a monument to their recent victory. Talbot…

Act 2, scene 3

The Countess plots to capture and kill the visiting Talbot.

Act 2, scene 4

Richard Plantagenet and Somerset, having quarreled over a case at law, withdraw into a garden, where the supporters of Plantagenet…

Act 2, scene 5

Edmund Mortimer, imprisoned by Henry IV because of his strong claim to the throne, and kept in prison by Henry…

Act 3, scene 1

Gloucester and Winchester quarrel openly in Henry VI’s royal court. Their supporters, forbidden to carry weapons, have been fighting in…

Act 3, scene 2

Pucelle and four soldiers, disguised as peasants, enter Roan. From a tower within the city, Pucelle signals to the French…

Act 3, scene 3

As Talbot and Burgundy march separately to Paris for the coronation of Henry VI, Pucelle entices Burgundy to join the…

Act 3, scene 4

In Paris, a grateful Henry VI creates Talbot Earl of Shrewsbury in recompense for his victories in France. Vernon, a…

Act 4, scene 1

Henry VI is crowned. Fastolf arrives with a letter from Burgundy and, because of his earlier cowardice in battle, is…

Act 4, scene 2

As Talbot draws up his troops before Bordeaux, he learns that he is surrounded by much greater French forces.

Act 4, scene 3

Sir William Lucy urges York to help Talbot, but York refuses to march until Somerset unites his cavalry with York’s…

Act 4, scene 4

Sir William Lucy chastises Somerset for not having helped Talbot, but Somerset blames York, who has apparently refused to communicate…

Act 4, scene 5

Talbot has been joined by his son John Talbot, whom he urges to flee certain death. John Talbot refuses to…

Act 4, scene 6

Talbot again urges his son to flee and is again rebuffed.

Act 4, scene 7

Talbot, holding his dead son, dies. Sir William Lucy comes to claim their bodies from the victorious French.

Act 5, scene 1

Henry follows Gloucester’s advice to make peace with France and to agree to marry the daughter of the earl of…

Act 5, scene 2

Charles is informed that the divided English army has united and is advancing toward him.

Act 5, scene 3

As the French face likely defeat, Pucelle conjures up devils, but they refuse to help, and she is captured by…

Act 5, scene 4

Pucelle, on her way to be executed by the English, is visited by her shepherd father, whom she scorns and…

Act 5, scene 5

Suffolk persuades Henry to marry Margaret over the objections of Gloucester. Suffolk plans to control Margaret and, through her, the…

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Scene 2
Enter Pucelle disguised, with four Soldiers with sacks
upon their backs.


PUCELLE 
 These are the city gates, the gates of Roan,
 Through which our policy must make a breach.
 Take heed. Be wary how you place your words;
 Talk like the vulgar sort of market men
5 That come to gather money for their corn.
 If we have entrance, as I hope we shall,
 And that we find the slothful watch but weak,
 I’ll by a sign give notice to our friends,
 That Charles the Dauphin may encounter them.
SOLDIER 
10 Our sacks shall be a mean to sack the city,
 And we be lords and rulers over Roan;
 Therefore we’ll knock.
Knock.
WATCH, within 
 Qui là?
PUCELLE  Paysans la pauvre gens de France:
15 Poor market folks that come to sell their corn.
WATCH 
 Enter, go in. The market bell is rung.
PUCELLE, aside 
 Now, Roan, I’ll shake thy bulwarks to the ground.
They exit.

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Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson, Reignier,
and Soldiers.


CHARLES 
 Saint Dennis bless this happy stratagem
 And once again we’ll sleep secure in Roan.
BASTARD 
20 Here entered Pucelle and her practisants.
 Now she is there, how will she specify
 “Here is the best and safest passage in”?
REIGNIER 
 By thrusting out a torch from yonder tower,
 Which, once discerned, shows that her meaning is:
25 No way to that, for weakness, which she entered.

Enter Pucelle on the top, thrusting out a torch burning.

PUCELLE 
 Behold, this is the happy wedding torch
 That joineth Roan unto her countrymen,
 But burning fatal to the Talbonites.
BASTARD 
 See, noble Charles, the beacon of our friend;
30 The burning torch, in yonder turret stands.
CHARLES 
 Now shine it like a comet of revenge,
 A prophet to the fall of all our foes!
REIGNIER 
 Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.
 Enter and cry “The Dauphin!” presently,
35 And then do execution on the watch.
Alarum. They exit.

An Alarum. Enter Talbot in an excursion.

TALBOT 
 France, thou shalt rue this treason with thy tears,
 If Talbot but survive thy treachery.

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 Pucelle, that witch, that damnèd sorceress,
 Hath wrought this hellish mischief unawares,
40 That hardly we escaped the pride of France.
He exits.

An alarum. Excursions. Bedford brought in sick in
a chair, carried by two Attendants. Enter Talbot
and Burgundy without; within, Pucelle with a sack
of grain, Charles, Bastard, Alanson, and Reignier
on the walls.


PUCELLE, to those below 
 Good morrow, gallants. Want you corn for bread?
She scatters grain on those below.
 I think the Duke of Burgundy will fast
 Before he’ll buy again at such a rate.
 ’Twas full of darnel. Do you like the taste?
BURGUNDY 
45 Scoff on, vile fiend and shameless courtesan!
 I trust ere long to choke thee with thine own,
 And make thee curse the harvest of that corn.
CHARLES 
 Your Grace may starve, perhaps, before that time.
BEDFORD 
 O, let no words, but deeds, revenge this treason.
PUCELLE 
50 What will you do, good graybeard? Break a lance
 And run a-tilt at Death within a chair?
TALBOT 
 Foul fiend of France and hag of all despite,
 Encompassed with thy lustful paramours,
 Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant age
55 And twit with cowardice a man half dead?
 Damsel, I’ll have a bout with you again,
 Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.

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PUCELLE 
 Are you so hot, sir? Yet, Pucelle, hold thy peace,
 If Talbot do but thunder, rain will follow.
Those below whisper together in council.
60 God speed the Parliament! Who shall be the Speaker?
TALBOT 
 Dare you come forth and meet us in the field?
PUCELLE 
 Belike your Lordship takes us then for fools,
 To try if that our own be ours or no.
TALBOT 
 I speak not to that railing Hecate,
65 But unto thee, Alanson, and the rest.
 Will you, like soldiers, come and fight it out?
ALANSON Seigneur, no.
TALBOT 
 Seigneur, hang! Base muleteers of France,
 Like peasant footboys do they keep the walls
70 And dare not take up arms like gentlemen.
PUCELLE 
 Away, captains. Let’s get us from the walls,
 For Talbot means no goodness by his looks.—
 Goodbye, my lord. We came but to tell you
 That we are here.They exit from the walls.
TALBOT 
75 And there will we be too, ere it be long,
 Or else reproach be Talbot’s greatest fame.—
 Vow, Burgundy, by honor of thy house,
 Pricked on by public wrongs sustained in France,
 Either to get the town again or die.
80 And I, as sure as English Henry lives,
 And as his father here was conqueror,
 As sure as in this late-betrayèd town
 Great Coeur-de-lion’s heart was burièd,
 So sure I swear to get the town or die.

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BURGUNDY 
85 My vows are equal partners with thy vows.
TALBOT 
 But, ere we go, regard this dying prince,
 The valiant Duke of Bedford.—Come, my lord,
 We will bestow you in some better place,
 Fitter for sickness and for crazy age.
BEDFORD 
90 Lord Talbot, do not so dishonor me.
 Here will I sit, before the walls of Roan,
 And will be partner of your weal or woe.
BURGUNDY 
 Courageous Bedford, let us now persuade you—
BEDFORD 
 Not to be gone from hence, for once I read
95 That stout Pendragon, in his litter sick,
 Came to the field and vanquishèd his foes.
 Methinks I should revive the soldiers’ hearts
 Because I ever found them as myself.
TALBOT 
 Undaunted spirit in a dying breast,
100 Then be it so. Heavens keep old Bedford safe!—
 And now no more ado, brave Burgundy,
 But gather we our forces out of hand
 And set upon our boasting enemy.
He exits with Burgundy.
Bedford and Attendants remain.


An alarum. Excursions. Enter Sir John Fastolf
and a Captain.


CAPTAIN 
 Whither away, Sir John Fastolf, in such haste?
FASTOLF 
105 Whither away? To save myself by flight.
 We are like to have the overthrow again.

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CAPTAIN 
 What, will you fly and leave Lord Talbot?
FASTOLF  Ay,
 All the Talbots in the world, to save my life.
He exits.
CAPTAIN 
110 Cowardly knight, ill fortune follow thee.
He exits.

Retreat. Excursions. Pucelle, Alanson, and Charles
enter, pursued by English Soldiers, and fly.


BEDFORD 
 Now, quiet soul, depart when heaven please,
 For I have seen our enemies’ overthrow.
 What is the trust or strength of foolish man?
 They that of late were daring with their scoffs
115 Are glad and fain by flight to save themselves.
Bedford dies, and is carried
in by two in his chair.


An alarum. Enter Talbot, Burgundy, and the rest.

TALBOT 
 Lost and recovered in a day again!
 This is a double honor, Burgundy.
 Yet heavens have glory for this victory.
BURGUNDY 
 Warlike and martial Talbot, Burgundy
120 Enshrines thee in his heart, and there erects
 Thy noble deeds as valor’s monuments.
TALBOT 
 Thanks, gentle duke. But where is Pucelle now?
 I think her old familiar is asleep.
 Now where’s the Bastard’s braves and Charles his
125 gleeks?
 What, all amort? Roan hangs her head for grief

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 That such a valiant company are fled.
 Now will we take some order in the town,
 Placing therein some expert officers,
130 And then depart to Paris to the King,
 For there young Henry with his nobles lie.
BURGUNDY 
 What wills Lord Talbot pleaseth Burgundy.
TALBOT 
 But yet, before we go, let’s not forget
 The noble Duke of Bedford late-deceased,
135 But see his exequies fulfilled in Roan.
 A braver soldier never couchèd lance,
 A gentler heart did never sway in court.
 But kings and mightiest potentates must die,
 For that’s the end of human misery.
They exit.