|Age Range(s)||Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Angry, Scolding|
|Description||The captain scorns Suffolk on the ship|
|Location||ACT IV, Scene 4|
Suffolk, a lord, is banished from England for being involved in the assassination of the Duke of Gloucester, the king's uncle and the Protector of England. He is captured at sea, he refuses any compromise and he offends the captain of the ship. The captain orders to behead Suffolk. In this monologue the captain expresses his contempt for Suffolk, who he considers responsible for Gloucester's death, for King Henry's marriage with the daughter of a "worthless king", for having lost the regions of Anjou and Maine and for supporting York's claim to the throne.
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Pool! Sir Pool! lord!
Ay, kennel, puddle, sink; whose filth and dirt
Troubles the silver spring where England drinks.
Now will I dam up this thy yawning mouth
For swallowing the treasure of the realm:
Thy lips that kiss'd the queen shall sweep the ground;
And thou that smiledst at good Duke Humphrey's death,
Against the senseless winds shalt grin in vain,
Who in contempt shall hiss at thee again:
And wedded be thou to the hags of hell,
For daring to affy a mighty lord
Unto the daughter of a worthless king,
Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem.
By devilish policy art thou grown great,
And, like ambitious Sylla, overgorged
With gobbets of thy mother's bleeding heart.
By thee Anjou and Maine were sold to France,
The false revolting Normans thorough thee
Disdain to call us lord, and Picardy
Hath slain their governors, surprised our forts,
And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home.
The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all,
Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in vain,
As hating thee, are rising up in arms:
And now the house of York, thrust from the crown
By shameful murder of a guiltless king
And lofty proud encroaching tyranny,
Burns with revenging fire; whose hopeful colours
Advance our half-faced sun, striving to shine,
Under the which is writ 'Invitis nubibus.'
The commons here in Kent are up in arms:
And, to conclude, reproach and beggary
Is crept into the palace of our king.
And all by thee. Away! convey him hence.