A royal palace.
(Sir Pierce Exton; Exton’s First Servant; Exton’s Second Servant)
Exton considers something he heard Henry says, and with his servants confirms his opinion that Henry was subtly asking him to kill Richard. Exton resolves to do so. (12 lines)
Enter Sir Pierce Exton and his Servants.
Didst thou not mark the King, what words he spake?
“Have I no friend will rid me of this living fear?”
Was it not so?
These were his very words.
“Have I no friend?” quoth he. He spake it twice,
And urg’d it twice together, did he not?
And speaking it, he wishtly look’d on me
As who should say, “I would thou wert the man
That would divorce this terror from my heart”—
Meaning the king at Pomfret. Come let’s go.
I am the King’s friend, and will rid his foe.