Quotes

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Quote:  “Hotspur is sweet Fortune’s darling and her
pride, whilst I see loose living and dishonor stain the brow of my young
Harry.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 82-85.  Henry IV to
Westmoreland.  Henry IV, the king, has just learned that the young Harry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland’s son, known here as Hotspur, has captured a large number of Scottish prisoners, causing the king to say excitedly “And is not this an honorable spoil? A gallant prize? Ha, cousin, is it not?” Westmoreland is more of an uncle than a cousin to the king. He is a consistently wise and loyal counselor to these Plantagenet kings. The king offers this quote, disappointed as he is in his oldest son, Harry, the Prince of Wales.

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Quote:  “I’ll redeem myself by paying that which is
owed when men think least I will”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 2, Line
224.  Prince Harry to himself.  Ned Poins has talked his friend, the prince, into joining him in a caper where some of their friends, including Falstaff, will rob some travelers at Gadshill. Poins and the prince will then rob the robbers, their friends. The young prince reflects on the nature of his friends, this plot and his involvement in the caper.

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Quote:  “On the barren mountains let him
starve.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3, Line
91.  Henry IV to Walter Blunt.  Edmund Mortimer has married the daughter of Owen Glendower, the leader of the Welsh rebels. Edmund Mortimer (known as Mortimer) is a grandson of Edward III’s third son. Henry IV is the son of Edward III’s fourth son. Where one lines up in the royal family makes a difference, a big difference. Edmund Mortimer has a deep set of powerful friends and Henry the Fourth fears them; he fears for his crown. The king would keep Mortimer in jail if he could get away with it.

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Quote:  “Were it not for laughing, I should pity
him.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 2, Line
116.  Prince Hal to Poins.  The prince (known as Prince Hal to his friends) and Ned Poins have just “robbed” their four buddies, who had just robbed the travelers in the Gadshill caper. The prince and Poins had rushed and frightened their friends soon after the four had robbed the travelers. The four men had scattered, leaving the loot behind. The prince offers us this quote after saying “The thieves are possessed with fear. Falstaff sweats to death.”

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Quote:  “The purpose you undertake is dangerous.  ‘Tis dangerous to take a cold, to drink; but
I tell you, my Lord Fool, out of this invitation, danger, we pluck this flower,
safety.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 3,
Lines 7-10.  A Nobleman to Hotspur. Hotspur receives a letter (from an anonymous nobleman) who says in the letter that he supports their effort to oppose the king, but concludes that the effort is “dangerous,” noting to Hotspur that his “friends are uncertain, the time unsorted, and the plot too light.” The confident Hotspur disagrees with the letter-writer.

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Quote:  “What is it that takes from thee thy stomach,
thy pleasure and thy golden sleep?”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 3,
Lines 42-43.  Lady Percy to Hotspur.  Not one to ever question his plans, or agree with anyone else who questions them, Hotspur, to himself, thinking about the nobleman’s letter, says “Hang him, let him tell the king. We are prepared.” He tells his wife (Lady Percy) that he must “leave you within these two hours.” This quote is part of her legitimate concern for her young husband. Hotspur’s wife, Lady Percy, known as Kate, is Edmund Mortimer’s sister.

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Quote:  “For I well believe thou wilt not utter what
thou dost not know.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 3, Line
117.  Hotspur to Lady Percy.  As Hotspur is about to jump on his horse, Kate, his wife, cries “Some heavy business hath my lord in hand. And I must know it, else he loves me not. I fear my brother Mortimer doth stir about his title, and hath sent for you to line his enterprise.” She’s right, but the strong-willed, proud and spirited Hotspur remains tight-lipped. Trying to console her as he leaves he says “Today will I set forth, tomorrow you. Will this content you, Kate?” The wives are to join the men after the rebel’s meeting. Hotspur offers this quote as he rides off.

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Quote:  “A coward is worse than a cup of sack with
lime in it.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 4,
Lines 129-130.  Falstaff to Francis.   A swaggering Falstaff enters the Eastcheap Tavern shouting “A plague on all cowards, I say. Give me a cup of sack, rogue!” Francis is the bartender, the “rogue.” Prince Hal, having arrived at the tavern earlier, soon begins his slow and evolving taunt of Falstaff. Falstaff tries to ignore him, crying out this quote. It doesn’t take the prince too long to get Falstaff to admit that his exaggerated claims regarding the Gadshill robbery were false; Falstaff finally says “I knew it was you, Hal, who robbed us all along,” cleverly adding “Should I turn on a true prince?”

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Quote:  “You are too willful-blame.  You must needs learn, lord, to amend this
fault.”

Answer:   Act 3, Scene 1,
Lines 183-185.  Worcester to
Hotspur.  Owen Glendower had called for a meeting of the Welsh rebels, a meeting that included Hotspur and Worcester, Hotspur’s uncle. Hotspur was out-spoken and out-of-line during the meeting. The other leaders, including Hotspur’s father, Northumberland, and Mortimer, Glendower and Worcester were upset with his juvenile conduct. After the meeting, Worcester takes Hotspur aside and offers this quote. Worcester tells him that he was too quick to blame others, in particular Owen Glendower, the senior member of the committee. Hotspur says “Well, I am schooled.”

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Quote:  “From all of thy ancestors, thy place in
council hath been rudely lost, alien to the hearts of all the court and princes
of my blood.”

Answer:  Act 3, Scene 2,
Lines 33-37.  Henry IV to Prince
Harry.  Henry IV has called his oldest son aside for a serious father-to-son conversation. He lets his son know how displeased he and other council members are with the young heir’s conduct and friends. He asks his son “Tell me else, could such inordinate and low desires, and such rude society thou art grafted to, accompany the greatness of thy blood?” The father does not mince his words with his son.