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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 3, scene 3

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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 3
Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson, Pucelle, and Soldiers.

PUCELLE 
 Dismay not, princes, at this accident,
 Nor grieve that Roan is so recoverèd.
 Care is no cure, but rather corrosive
 For things that are not to be remedied.
5 Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while,
 And like a peacock sweep along his tail;
 We’ll pull his plumes and take away his train,
 If dauphin and the rest will be but ruled.
CHARLES 
 We have been guided by thee hitherto,
10 And of thy cunning had no diffidence.
 One sudden foil shall never breed distrust.

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BASTARD, to Pucelle 
 Search out thy wit for secret policies,
 And we will make thee famous through the world.
ALANSON, to Pucelle 
 We’ll set thy statue in some holy place
15 And have thee reverenced like a blessèd saint.
 Employ thee then, sweet virgin, for our good.
PUCELLE 
 Then thus it must be; this doth Joan devise:
 By fair persuasions mixed with sugared words
 We will entice the Duke of Burgundy
20 To leave the Talbot and to follow us.
CHARLES 
 Ay, marry, sweeting, if we could do that,
 France were no place for Henry’s warriors,
 Nor should that nation boast it so with us,
 But be extirpèd from our provinces.
ALANSON 
25 Forever should they be expulsed from France,
 And not have title of an earldom here.
PUCELLE 
 Your honors shall perceive how I will work
 To bring this matter to the wishèd end.
Drum sounds afar off.
 Hark! By the sound of drum you may perceive
30 Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward.
Here sound an English march.
 There goes the Talbot with his colors spread,
 And all the troops of English after him.
French march.
 Now in the rearward comes the Duke and his.
 Fortune in favor makes him lag behind.
35 Summon a parley; we will talk with him.
Trumpets sound a parley.

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CHARLES 
 A parley with the Duke of Burgundy!

Enter Burgundy.

BURGUNDY 
 Who craves a parley with the Burgundy?
PUCELLE 
 The princely Charles of France, thy countryman.
BURGUNDY 
 What say’st thou, Charles?—for I am marching hence.
CHARLES, aside to Pucelle 
40 Speak, Pucelle, and enchant him with thy words.
PUCELLE 
 Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France,
 Stay; let thy humble handmaid speak to thee.
BURGUNDY 
 Speak on, but be not over-tedious.
PUCELLE 
 Look on thy country, look on fertile France,
45 And see the cities and the towns defaced
 By wasting ruin of the cruel foe.
 As looks the mother on her lowly babe
 When death doth close his tender-dying eyes,
 See, see the pining malady of France:
50 Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds,
 Which thou thyself hast given her woeful breast.
 O, turn thy edgèd sword another way;
 Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help.
 One drop of blood drawn from thy country’s bosom
55 Should grieve thee more than streams of foreign gore.
 Return thee therefore with a flood of tears,
 And wash away thy country’s stainèd spots.
BURGUNDY, aside 
 Either she hath bewitched me with her words,
 Or nature makes me suddenly relent.

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PUCELLE 
60 Besides, all French and France exclaims on thee,
 Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny.
 Who join’st thou with but with a lordly nation
 That will not trust thee but for profit’s sake?
 When Talbot hath set footing once in France
65 And fashioned thee that instrument of ill,
 Who then but English Henry will be lord,
 And thou be thrust out like a fugitive?
 Call we to mind, and mark but this for proof:
 Was not the Duke of Orleance thy foe?
70 And was he not in England prisoner?
 But when they heard he was thine enemy,
 They set him free, without his ransom paid,
 In spite of Burgundy and all his friends.
 See then, thou fight’st against thy countrymen,
75 And join’st with them will be thy slaughtermen.
 Come, come, return; return, thou wandering lord.
 Charles and the rest will take thee in their arms.
BURGUNDY, aside 
 I am vanquishèd. These haughty words of hers
 Have battered me like roaring cannon-shot,
80 And made me almost yield upon my knees.—
 Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen;
 And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace.
He embraces Charles, Bastard, and Alanson.
 My forces and my power of men are yours.
 So, farewell, Talbot. I’ll no longer trust thee.
PUCELLE, aside 
85 Done like a Frenchman: turn and turn again.
CHARLES 
 Welcome, brave duke. Thy friendship makes us fresh.
BASTARD 
 And doth beget new courage in our breasts.

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ALANSON 
 Pucelle hath bravely played her part in this
 And doth deserve a coronet of gold.
CHARLES 
90 Now let us on, my lords, and join our powers,
 And seek how we may prejudice the foe.
They exit.