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Quote: “Hung be the canopy with black, yield day to night!”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-2.  John to
Humphrey.  As the play opens, Henry V’s two living brothers, John and Humphrey, let us know through this quote that they think dark days lie ahead. John, now the Duke of Bedford, says to Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester, that “England ne’er lost a king of so much worth.” With some over-statement, Humphrey adds “England ne’er had a king until his time.” Henry V was a hero.

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Quote: “The other lords, like lions wanting food, do rush upon us as their hungry
prey.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 28-29.  Reignier to the Dauphin and Alencon.  At Orleans, the French have captured Talbot, England’s leading military figure in France. Talbot remains France’s nemeses throughout the play. The English still control Orleans. Alencon, a French duke, calls Thomas Montagu, the earl Salisbury, an English leader, “mad-brained.” The French try to re-take Orleans. They are repelled with heavy losses. Recovering from their failed effort, Reignier, the Duke of Anjou, whose daughter, Margaret will later marry Henry VI, offers his French comrades this quote, speaking of the English. The Dauphin is heir to the French throne.

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Quote: “God’s mother did appear to me, and in a vision full of majesty willed me to
leave my base vocation and free my country from calamity.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines
84-87.  Joan la Pucelle to the Dauphin
Charles.  As noted, The French have been beaten-back in their attempt to re-take Orleans. The Bastard, John Dunois, the Bastard of Orleans, enters and introduces Joan la Pucelle to the Dauphin. She offers this quote to the heir to the French crown. She’s confident and persuasive. History calls her Joan of Arc.

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Quote: “Let me thy servant and not sovereign be.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118.
Dauphin Charles to La Pucelle. She and the Dauphin have dueled. The Dauphin had challenged her, saying “If single combat thou shalt buckle with me; and thou vanquishest, thy words are true.” She handled him easily. He says “My heart and hands thou hast at once subdued.” He offers this quote. The Frenchmen plan to have her lead their next effort to re-take Orleans.

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Quote: “Our English troops retire; a woman clad in armor chaseth them.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 2-3. Talbot to himself.  As noted, John Talbot is the leader of the English forces in France. He is bold and daring. He believes in himself and his cause. At the moment, his troops control Orleans. The Dauphin and Joan la Pucelle lead the siege to re-take Orleans. John Talbot offers this quote.

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Quote: “Tear the lions out of England’s coat; renounce your birthright; give sheep in
lion’s stead.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 29-30.  John Talbot to his troops. Joan la Pucelle has just led the French in routing the English troops from Orleans. Talbot rallies his men, offering this quote. He goes on to say “Sheep run not half so fast from the wolf as you fly from your oft subdued slaves.” He suggests the lion on the patch on his men’s jackets be replaced with a sheep.

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Quote: “’Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won; for which I will divide my crown
with her.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 6, Lines 18-19.  Dauphin Charles to Reignier and Alencon.  The French have re-taken Orleans. The Dauphin says she deserves all the credit. He goes so far as to say “Joan la Pucelle shall be France’s saint.”

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Quote: “I have heard it said, unbidden guests are often welcomest when they are
gone.” 

Answer: Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 57-58.  Bedford to Talbot. John Talbot has accepted the Countess of Auvergne’s offer that he pay her a visit at her castle. Both Burgundy and Bedford, both skeptical of the Countess’ purpose, decline his offer to join him. Bedford offers this quote.

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Quote: “No other satisfaction do I crave but only that we may taste of your wine and
see what delicacies you have.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 3 Lines 83-84.
Talbot to the Countess of Auvergne. Talbot and his men have re-taken Orleans. The angry French Countess has invited Talbot to join her at her castle. When he shows up at her door, she insults him and says he’s her prisoner. He calls in his soldiers. She apologizes for any misunderstanding. He forgives her. He offers this quote and says “Soldiers stomachs always serve them well.”

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Quote: “Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch; between two dogs, which hath
the deeper voice.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 4, Lines 13-15.  Warwick to Somerset.  Plantagenet and Somerset are having a serious argument over a minor legal issue. Plantagenet is Richard Plantagenet, the son of the late earl of Cambridge; Cambridge was the son of Edward III’s fifth son. Richard Plantagenet is also the Duke of York, often referred to in the play as York or Plantagenet. Henry V had his father, the earl of Cambridge, hanged, having accused him of treason. Somerset is John Beaufort, a grandson of John of Gaunt and his second wife. Their descendants are known as the Beaufort line. Both Plantagenet and Somerset have strong royal ties, both as we say descended from Edward III’s sons, Plantagenet from the fifth son, Somerset from the fourth. Their egos are the issue, not the minor legal issue. Somerset asks Warwick to “Judge you, then, between us.” Warwick answers the request with this quote.