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MonkeyNotes-King Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare
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Act IV, Scene 4

The scene is the palace in London where Queen Elizabeth and her
brother, Rivers are having a conversation. The Queen sadly
informs Rivers that Edward has lost his crown and that he is now
imprisoned. She also adds that he was caught unaware due to the
betrayal of his friends. She continues to say that the violent
emotion in her mind is due to the fact that she is carrying Edward's
offspring in her womb. She is trying to suppress her sighs or else
she will drown King Edward's true heir to the English crown. She
informs Rivers that Warwick is now coming to London to set the
crown once more on Henry's head. It is not wise to trust Warwick
whom she calls a tyrant who has once broken his faith so she and
Rivers decide to escape and save the child.

Notes:

This short scene gives us an account of what happened to Edward
through the Queen. She is also carrying the heir of Edward in her
womb. Being a clever woman, she decides to save her offspring
from death by hiding herself in the sanctuary, secure from the
forces outside. She knows that her offspring has the right to the
throne of England. The Queens' elder brother Anthony Woodvile
also accompanies her. The Queen speaks of Warwick's breach of
trust. 'For trust him not that hath once broken faith.' She retires to
the sanctuary which is a sacred place that conferred immunity from
arrest.

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