• Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON

    HOTSPUR

    We’ll fight with him tonight.

    WORCESTER

       It may not be.

    DOUGLAS

    You give him then advantage.

    VERNON

       Not a whit.

    HOTSPUR

    Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?

    VERNON

    So do we.

    HOTSPUR

    5His is certain; ours is doubtful.

    WORCESTER

    Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.

    VERNON

    (to HOTSPUR ) Do not, my lord.

    DOUGLAS

       You do not counsel well.
    You speak it out of fear and cold heart.

    VERNON

    Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life
    10(And I dare well maintain it with my life),
    If well-respected honor bid me on,
    I hold as little counsel with weak fear
    As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
    Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
    15Which of us fears.

    DOUGLAS

       Yea, or tonight.
  • HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON enter.

    HOTSPUR

    We’ll fight him tonight.

    WORCESTER

    We can’t do that.

    DOUGLAS

    Then you’re giving him the advantage.

    VERNON

    Not in the least.

    HOTSPUR

    Why do you say that? Doesn’t he have backup coming?

    VERNON

    So do we.

    HOTSPUR

    His is guaranteed. Ours isn’t.

    WORCESTER

    Nephew, I’m telling you. Don’t start the fighting tonight.

    VERNON

    (to HOTSPUR ) Don’t, my lord.

    DOUGLAS

    You’re giving poor advice, based on fear and cowardice.

    VERNON

    Don’t slander me, Douglas. I swear on my life—and I’ll prove it with my life—that if I’m roused to fight through thoughtful, careful consideration, I’m just as unafraid as you, my lord, or any Scotsman alive. In tomorrow’s battle, we’ll see which one of us is afraid.

    DOUGLAS

    Fine. Or tonight.