• Enter HOTSPUR,WORCESTER, Lord MORTIMER, and Owen GLENDOWER

    MORTIMER

    These promises are fair, the parties sure,
    And our induction full of prosperous hope.

    HOTSPUR

    Lord Mortimer and cousin Glendower,
    Will you sit down? And Uncle Worcester—
    5A plague upon it, I have forgot the map.

    GLENDOWER

    No, here it is. Sit, cousin Percy
    Sit, good cousin Hotspur, for by that name
    As oft as Lancaster doth speak of you
    His cheek looks pale and with a rising sigh
    10He wisheth you in heaven.

    HOTSPUR

       And you in hell,
    As oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.

    GLENDOWER

    I cannot blame him. At my nativity
    The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,
    Of burning cressets, and at my birth
    15The frame and huge foundation of the earth
    Shaked like a coward.

    HOTSPUR

       Why, so it would have done
    At the same season if your mother’s cat
    Had but kittened, though yourself had never been born.

    GLENDOWER

    I say the earth did shake when I was born.
  • HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, Lord MORTIMER, and Owen GLENDOWER enter.

    MORTIMER

    These commitments are reliable, our allies are solid, and the beginning of our project bodes well.

    HOTSPUR

    Lord Mortimer, and kinsman Glendower, won’t you please sit? And Uncle Worcester—Dammit! I forgot the map!

    GLENDOWER

    Here it is. Sit, kinsman Percy. Sit, good cousin Hotspur. For that is the name King Henry calls you, and whenever he says it, he grows pale, and with a sigh he wishes you were in heaven.

    HOTSPUR

    And you in hell, whenever he hears someone say “Owen Glendower.”

    GLENDOWER

    I don’t blame him. The sky was full of fiery meteors and comets when I was conceived, and when I was born, the entire earth shook like a coward.

    HOTSPUR

    Why, the same thing would have happened if your mother’s cat had given birth to kittens that day, whether you’d been born or not.

    GLENDOWER

    I say there was an earthquake when I was born.