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Quote: “She should have stayed in France and starved in France.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 140-141.  Gloucester to fellow peers.  Suffolk, the charming English noble who introduced Margaret to the young Henry VI, introduces Margaret as the king’s queen to his fellow peers. The deal Suffolk had cut with Margaret’s father, Reignier, identified as the King of Naples, Sicilia and Jerusalem, provided that all rights to “the Duchy of Anjou and the County of Maine would be released and delivered to him” should his daughter became England’s queen. Humphrey, the Duke Gloucester, Henry V’s younger brother and therefore the king’s uncle, is upset with the deal for a number of reasons, one being that he had lost his brother John in the French wars. He offers his peers this quote. The Cardinal responds “My lord of Gloucester, now ye grow too hot.” Gloucester is in trouble.

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Quote: “Pride went before, ambition
followed him.” 

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 188. Salisbury to fellow peers.  With this quote, Salisbury was referring to Gloucester first and then the Cardinal. Gloucester, the king’s Uncle Humphrey, is upset over the youthful Henry VI’s marriage to the beautiful Margaret, arranged by Suffolk. The Cardinal, Henry Beaufort, the Bishop of Winchester, supports the arranged marriage. Salisbury, the Earl of Salisbury, the senior Richard Neville, goes on to say “While these do labor for their own preferment, behooves it us to labor for the realm.” There are many Neville’s around and they always seem to be good guys.

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Quote: “’Tis thine they give away and not their own.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 231.
Duke of York to himself.  York, Richard Plantagenet, notes that “Anjou and Maine have been given to the French; that Paris is lost; that Normandy stands on a tickle point; that Henry was well pleased to change two dukedoms for a duke’s fair daughter.” He goes on to say “What is’t to them?” He mostly means Suffolk. The dukedoms refer to the two French counties, Anjou and Maine. York, being on his mother’s side a descendent of Edward III’s third son, believes he should be king, Henry VI being a descendent of Edward III’s fourth son. York never gives up on his effort to become king. Other nobles also work to serve their personal interests. Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, known here as Warwick, one of the good guys, says he wants to work for the “common profit of his country!”

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Quote: “Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold.  What is’t too short?  I’ll lengthen it with mine.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 11-12.  Duchess to Gloucester.  The Duchess is Gloucester’s wife. She is ambitious. As Gloucester enters, she says “Why droops my lord, like over-ripened corn. Why are thine eyes fixed to the sullen earth.” She gets nastier, saying “What seest thou there? King Henry’s diadem, encased with all the honors of the world? If so, gaze and grovel on thy face, until thy head be circled with the same.” She offers this quote. Being very loyal to the king, Gloucester, the king’s uncle, responds “Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts. When I imagine ill against virtuous Henry, be my last breathing in this mortal world!”

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Quote: “In the city of Tours, you stolest away the ladies’ hearts of France.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Line 50.
Margaret to Suffolk.  Queen Margaret is upset with the English lords, but is even more upset with the Duchess, who she thinks is trying to upstage her. It was at Tours where Margaret fell for Suffolk. She now says “I thought King Henry had resembled thee.” She first saw the king (now her husband) when she was presented to him in London. Suffolk is dashing; Henry VI is pious. This is the time when Suffolk lets Margaret know that for her benefit he has plans to cause trouble for the Duchess.

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Quote: “The sales of offices in France, if they were known, would make thee quickly
hop without thy head.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 135-137.  Queen Margaret to Gloucester.  Gloucester, the king’s uncle and late Henry V’s only living brother, is the King’s Protector, being named to the post by Henry V when Henry VI was a baby. The Cardinal, the Queen and Suffolk want Gloucester out of the picture, as much for their dislike for the Duchess, his wife, as for any other reason. The issue of the moment is: who should be the Regent of France. Gloucester gets trapped by his peers.

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Quote: “If I could come near your beauty, I’d scratch your face with my ten
nails.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 147-148.  Duchess to Queen.  These two women really dislike each other. They are jealous of each other. Each frightens the other. The lords are after Gloucester’s scalp. The queen, Suffolk and the cardinal for different reasons want the Duchess out of the picture. The queen stoops over to pick up her fan and in the process purposely hits the Duchess. This quote is the Duchess’ response.

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Quote: “How irksome is this music to my heart! When such strings jar, what hope of
harmony.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 71-72.   Henry VI to the Cardinal and
Gloucester.  These three have been at St. Albans, hawking (watching falcons, ducks and hawks). The Cardinal and Gloucester have been verbally sparing with each other, as they often do, irritating the king. The king asks for peace between them. Aside, the two of them have decided to have a duel that evening “on the east side of the grove.” The king asks them, what is the issue? Gloucester replies “Talking of hawking; nothing else, my lord.” The two continue their bickering. The king offers this quote.

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Quote: “Richard shall live to make the Earl of Warwick the greatest man in England but
the King.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 89-90.  York to Warwick.  Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has had dinner with Warwick and his father, Salisbury. The father and son are both Richard Nevilles. To the two of them, York has eloquently and persuasively made his case that he should be king. If he is to become king, he needs their support, no lightweights. Both Nevilles back York, Warwick telling him he’ll do all he can to help him gain the crown. A pleased York offers us this quote.

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Quote: “After summer evermore succeeds barren winter, with his wrathful, nipping
cold.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 4, Lines 3-4.
Gloucester to himself.  The Duchess, having been seen in her garden with a witch, a conjurer and a spirit, has been banished by the king to live the rest of her life “in the Isle of Man.” The king has also required that she endure “three days of open penance” before she is sent to the Isle of Man. Gloucester offers this quote just before the Duchess appears in public. Gloucester says to her that she will have to “endure the abject people gazing on her face, with envious looks laughing at thy shame.”