• Enter LORD BARDOLPH

    LORD BARDOLPH

    Who keeps the gate here, ho?
    Enter the PORTER
       Where is the Earl?

    PORTER

    What shall I say you are?

    LORD BARDOLPH

       Tell thou the Earl
    That the Lord Bardolph doth attend him here.

    PORTER

    His lordship is walked forth into the orchard.
    5Please it your Honor knock but at the gate
    And he himself will answer.
    NORTHUMBERLAND Enter

    LORD BARDOLPH

       Here comes the Earl.
    Exit PORTER

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    What news, Lord Bardolph? Every minute now
    Should be the father of some stratagem.
    The times are wild. Contention, like a horse
    10Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose
    And bears down all before him.
  • LORD BARDOLPH enters.

    LORD BARDOLPH

    Hello? Who’s the doorman around here?
    The PORTER opens the door.
    (to the PORTER) Where’s the Earl?

    PORTER

    Who shall I say you are?

    LORD BARDOLPH

    Tell the Earl that the Lord Bardolph is here to see him.

    PORTER

    His lordship is out walking in the orchard. If you don’t mind, knock at the orchard gate and he’ll answer it himself.
    NORTHUMBERLAND enters from another side of the stage.

    LORD BARDOLPH

    Here comes the Earl.
    The PORTER exits.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    What’s the news, Lord Bardolph? Every minute, new violence erupts; it is a wild time. Conflict is like a horse, fed with too much rich food: it has broken out uncontrollably, and tramples everyone who stands before it.