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Quote:  “Young Harry Percy’s spur was cold.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 48.
Travers to Northumberland.  Very early in the play, the earl of Northumberland (Henry Percy) learns a false-truth from Lord Bardolph that his son, Harry Percy, Jr., better known as Hotspur, has “slain Prince Harry outright.” But a man named Travers soon arrives, reporting to Northumberland that “Brother, son, and all are dead.” The Brother is Worcester, Northumberland’s brother. The son is Hotspur. A stunned Northumberland says “Said he young Harry Percy’s spur was cold? Of Hotspur, Coldspur? That rebellion had met ill luck?” Travers’ report was the correct report.

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Quote:  “The word rebellion had froze them up as fish are in a pond.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Lines
218-219.  Morton to Northumberland.  Northumberland has told the assembled rebels “never so few, and never yet more need.” His demand to the rebel leaders is that they must recruit confederate supporters as never before if they are to overthrow the king, upset as he is over the loss of his son, Hotspur, and his brother, Worcester. He becomes even angrier when he learns from a man named Morton that at the time of Hotspur’s death, the soldiers became “but shadows and the show of men.” This is the point where Morton offered this quote.

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Quote: “The truth is, Sir John, you live in great
infamy.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 2,
Lines 139-140.  Chief Justice to
Falstaff.  The Chief Justice says to Falstaff such things as “You have misled the youthful prince.” Falstaff, always offering good lines, says “The young prince hath misled me. I am the fellow with the great belly, and he my dog. I would my means were greater and my waist slender.” Shakespeare had written in Falstaff in these Henry IV plays as the key person who misleads the young Prince Harry.

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Quote:  “I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 2,
Lines 242-244.  Falstaff to a page.  Falstaff regrets being called to account for his unpaid bar bills by Mistress Quickly of the Eastcheap Tavern. Too often he has had more interest in eating and drinking than being responsible for the bar bills. He says “Borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.”

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Quote:  “Lined with hope, flattering himself in anticipation of his army, he led his
powers to death, and winking leapt into destruction.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3,
Lines 33-35.  Lord Bardolph to the
Archbishop.  The cautious Bardolph refers to Hotspur’s impulsiveness at Shrewsbury with this quote. He uses the moment to suggest to the other confederates that they need to think carefully before facing the king’s troops in battle. He reminds them that they won’t have Northumberland’s seasoned leadership.

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Quote:  “His coffers sound with hollow poverty and emptiness.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 76-77.  Hastings to Lord Bardolph.  Hastings is eager to go to war; Bardolph is more wary. Hastings’ argument is that the king is widely committed and stretched out, having “one power against the French, one against Glendower, and perforce a third must take up us.”

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Quote:  “We are time’s subjects, and time bids begone.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3, Line
116.  Hastings to Mowbray.  Hastings and the Archbishop are the most confident of the rebel leaders; Lords Mowbray and Bardolph are less so. Mowbray asks the group “Shall we go draw our numbers and set on?” Eager to get on with the war effort, Hastings offers this quote.

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Quote:  “There were two honors lost, yours and your
son’s.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 3, Line
16.  Lady Percy to Northumberland.  Lady Percy is Hotspur’s widow. Northumberland had been upset with his son (Hotspur) over his outspokenness during meetings. Lady Percy’s passionate plea to her father-in-law is to persuade him to let others (younger men) now fight the fight, he having done enough damage, not supporting his son, his son having lost his life at Shrewsbury, making her a widow. She offers her father-in-law this quote.

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Quote: “If my heart be not ready to
burst —- well, sweet Jack, have a care of thyself.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 4,
Lines 388-389.  Doll Tearsheet to John Falstaff.  Falstaff is a captain (appointed by Prince
Harry) in the king’s army.  He and the Prince have been called to
serve.  Falstaff and the women at the
Eastcheap Tavern had hurled insults to each other throughout the evening. The
women, in spite of all that’s been said, love the rascal.  When Doll Tearsheet is asked to say her
good-byes to Falstaff, Mistress Quickly says “Come —- she comes blubbered —
yea!  Will you come, Doll?”

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Quote.  “O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse.”

Answer:  Act 3, Scene 1,
Lines 5-6.  Henry IV to himself.  The king, restless, worried, sick, and unable to sleep, is up, very late at night, walking the halls, talking to himself. He offers this timeless quote.