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By William Shakespeare

In Henry VIII, Shakespeare provides a monarchy in situation. Noblemen conflict with Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey, who taxes the folks to the purpose of uprising. Witnesses whom Wolsey brings opposed to the Duke of Buckingham declare he's conspiring to take the throne, but Buckingham turns out blameless as he is going to his death.

Henry is usually with out a male inheritor. After assembly the gorgeous Anne Bullen, he says that he suspects his present marriage to Katherine, with whom he has one surviving daughter, is invalid. Katherine, in the meantime, glows with such ultimate integrity that actresses have lengthy wanted the position. She advocates for the folk, suspects the witnesses opposed to Buckingham, and eloquently defends her behavior as Henry’s wife.

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My lords, I thanks either in your strong wills, Ye communicate like sincere males (pray God ye end up so). yet easy methods to make ye all at once a solution In this type of aspect of weight, so close to mine honor (More close to my existence, I fear), with my vulnerable wit, And to such males of gravity and studying, honestly i do know now not. i used to be set at paintings between my maids, complete little (God is familiar with) taking a look both for such males or such company. For her sake that i've been - for i believe The final healthy of my greatness - strong your graces, allow me have time and tips for my reason. regrettably, i'm a lady friendless, hopeless. WOLSEY Madam, you mistaken the king’s love with those fears. Your hopes and associates are endless. KATHERINE In England yet little for my revenue. are you able to imagine, lords, That any Englishman dare supply me assistance? Or be a identified pal ’gainst his highness’ excitement (Though he be grown so desirous to be sincere) fifty nine carry express 60 sincere honorable sixty three nonetheless regularly sixty five used to be went sixty six in an indication as a token 70 by surprise at the spur of the instant seventy one close to in detail affecting seventy two wit realizing seventy four set seated seventy eight final healthy demise spasm 86 so determined . . . sincere so reckless as to inform the reality And reside an issue? Nay forsooth, my neighbors, They that needs to weigh out my afflictions, They that my belief needs to develop to, dwell no longer the following. they're (as all my different comforts) a long way accordingly In mine personal state, lords. CAMPEIUS i'd your grace would depart your griefs and take my information. KATHERINE How, sir? CAMPEIUS placed your major reason into the king’s safeguard, He’s loving and so much gracious. ’Twill be a lot either in your honor greater and your reason; For if the trial of the legislation o’ertake ye, You’ll half away disgraced. WOLSEY He tells you rightly. KATHERINE Ye inform me what ye want for either - my damage. is that this your Christian advice? Out upon ye! Heaven is notably but; there sits a pass judgement on That no king can corrupt. CAMPEIUS Your rage blunders us. KATHERINE The extra disgrace for ye! Holy males i presumed ye, Upon my soul, reverend cardinal virtues; yet cardinal sins and hole hearts I worry ye. Mend ’em for disgrace, my lords! is that this your convenience? The cordial that ye carry a wretched woman? a girl misplaced between ye, laughed at, scorned? i cannot want ye part my miseries, i've got extra charity. yet say I warned ye. Take heed, for heaven’s sake take heed, lest instantly the weight of my sorrows fall upon ye. 88 weigh out (1) justly degree (? ), (2) aid to hold the load of ninety seven half away go away one hundred and one blunders misconstrues 103 reverend cardinal virtues i. e. , embodiments of the cardinal virtues religion, wish, and charity (punning on cardinal, as within the following line) 106 cordial restorative 107 misplaced dropped at wreck one hundred ten right away all of sudden WOLSEY Madam, this can be a mere distraction. you switch the great we provide into envy. KATHERINE Ye flip me into not anything. Woe upon ye And all such fake professors! might you have got me (If you might have any justice, any pity, If ye be whatever yet churchmen’s behavior) positioned my unwell reason into his fingers that hates me?

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