King HenryIV Part 1

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  • Glendower: Kinsman, I don’t take this kind of contrary behavior from many people. With your permission, I’ll say one more time that when I was born, the heavens were full of shooting stars. The goats ran down from the mountains, and herds of animals stampeded strangely through the fields. These signs marked me as an extraordinary person. All the events of my life prove that I should not be counted with ordinary men. Is there a man who lives anywhere within England, Scotland, or Wales who can say I learned from him, or that he taught me? And bring forward one human who can follow me in the complicated ways of magic, or keep up with me in my obscure experiments.
  • Hotspur: Well, nobody speaks better Welsh. I’m going to lunch.
  • Glendower: Why, kinsman, I can teach you to command the devil.
  • Hotspur: And I can teach you, kinsman, how to shame the devil—by telling the truth! “Tell the truth and shame the devil,” as the old saying goes. If you do have the power to call him up, then bring him here. And I’ll swear I have the power to shame him into leaving. Oh, for goodness sake, tell the truth and shame the devil!
  • Mortimer: Stop now, kinsman Percy. You will upset him.
  • Whales
  • England
  • Glendower: I can summon spirits from the deep ocean.
  • Hotspur: Why, so can I, and so can any other man! But will they come when you summon them?
  • Glendower: I’ll be ready sooner than that, my lords; and I’ll bring your wives along with me. You should sneak away from them now, and leave without saying goodbye. Otherwise, they’ll cry an ocean of tears when you leave them.
  • Glendower: Why, I will.
  • Glendower: It won’t go winding? It will. It must. You see that it does.
  • Hotspur: I’ll do that. It will only take a little money.
  • Hotspur: Well, say it in Welsh then, so I can’t understand you.
  • Glendower: I won’t have it changed.
  • Mortimer: Yes, but look how the Trent runs its course and winds a similar distance into my share. It cuts out the same amount of land from my side as it does from yours.
  • Whales
  • Glendower: My lord, I can speak English just as well as you. I was brought up in the English court. There, in my youth, I composed many English songs for the harp, lending the language lovely ornaments of music. That is an accomplishment you have never achieved.
  • Hotspur: You won’t?
  • Hotspur: I think my share, north of Burton here, isn’t as big as any of yours. Look how this river swoops in. It cuts out a huge chunk of my best land, in the shape of a half-moon. I’ll have a dam built. I’ll re-route the Trent River so it won’t go winding so far into my land and rob me of a fertile valley.
  • England
  • Glendower: No, and neither will you.
  • Worcester: Yes, but a small sum of money will pay to dig a trench, which will reclaim this bit of land on the north side. Then it will run straight along.
  • Hotspur: Who’s going to stop me?
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