Henry VI Part 1


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Act I
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Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Charles, Burgundy, Alençon, the Bastard,

Reignier, and Joan la Pucelle


CHARLES

These news, my lords, may cheer our drooping spirits:

'Tis said the stout Parisians do revolt
stout (adj.) 1 brave, valiant, resolute

And turn again unto the warlike French.


ALENÇON

Then march to Paris, royal Charles of France,

And keep not back your powers in dalliance.
dalliance (n.) 1 frivolity, idleness, wasteful activity
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


PUCELLE

Peace be amongst them if they turn to us;

Else ruin combat with their palaces!
ruin (n.) 1 ruination, destruction, devastation

Enter a Scout


SCOUT

Success unto our valiant general,

And happiness to his accomplices!
accomplice (n.) associate, partner, aide


CHARLES

What tidings send our scouts? I prithee speak.


SCOUT

The English army, that divided was

Into two parties, is now conjoined in one,
conjoin (v.) 1 unite, join together

And means to give you battle presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long


CHARLES

Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning is,

But we will presently provide for them.

I trust the ghost of Talbot is not there.


BURGUNDY

Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear.


PUCELLE

Of all base passions fear is most accursed.
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
passion (n.) 1 powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]

Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine,

Let Henry fret and all the world repine.
repine (v.) be discontented, complain, feel dissatisfaction


CHARLES

Then on, my lords; and France be fortunate!
fortunate (adj.) 2 favoured by fortune, successful

Exeunt

 
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