• A royal palace.
    Enter HENRY BOLINGBROKE, HENRY PERCY, and other Lords

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Can no man tell me of my unthrifty son?
    ’Tis full three months since I did see him last;
    If any plague hang over us, ’tis he.
    I would to God, my lords, he might be found:
    5Inquire at London, ’mongst the taverns there,
    For there, they say, he daily doth frequent,
    With unrestrained loose companions,
    Even such, they say, as stand in narrow lanes,
    And beat our watch, and rob our passengers;
    10Which he, young wanton and effeminate boy,
    Takes on the point of honour to support
    So dissolute a crew.

    HENRY PERCY

    My lord, some two days since I saw the prince,
    And told him of those triumphs held at Oxford.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    15And what said the gallant?

    HENRY PERCY

    His answer was, he would unto the stews,
    And from the common’st creature pluck a glove,
    And wear it as a favour; and with that
    He would unhorse the lustiest challenger.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    20As dissolute as desperate; yet through both
    I see some sparks of better hope, which elder years
    May happily bring forth. But who comes here?
  • A royal palace.
    HENRY BOLINGBROKE, HENRY PERCY, and other lords enter.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Can’t anyone tell me about my irresponsible son? It’s been three months since I last saw him. He’s the only trouble in my life. I want him found. Ask in London, around the bars there. They say he goes to them every day with immoral friends, the kind of people who ambush passersby in the street and beat and rob the guards. My pleasure-seeking son thinks it’s a badge of honor to support such an awful crowd.

    HENRY PERCY

    My lord, two days ago I saw the prince and told him about the celebration at Oxford.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    And what did he say?

    HENRY PERCY

    He said that he would go to the whorehouse and get a glove from the most promiscuous whore there to wear as a favor. And then he would win in the jousts.

    HENRY BOLINGBROKE

    Even if he is immoral and reckless, I still see some hope that his better qualities will emerge as he gets older. But who is approaching?