• Enter BUCKINGHAM, STANLEY, HASTINGS, the bishop of ELY, RATCLIFFE, LOVELL, with others, at a table

    HASTINGS

    Now, noble peers. the cause why we are met
    Is to determine of the coronation.
    In God’s name, speak. When is the royal day?

    BUCKINGHAM

    Is all things ready for the royal time?

    STANLEY

    5It is, and wants but nomination.

    ELY

    Tomorrow, then, I judge a happy day.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Who knows the Lord Protector’s mind herein?
    Who is most inward with the noble duke?

    ELY

    Your Grace, we think, should soonest know his mind.

    BUCKINGHAM

    10We know each other’s faces; for our hearts,
    He knows no more of mine than I of yours,
    Or I of his, my lord, than you of mine.—
    Lord Hastings, you and he are near in love.

    HASTINGS

    I thank his Grace. I know he loves me well.
    15But for his purpose in the coronation,
    I have not sounded him, nor he delivered
    His gracious pleasure any way therein.
    But you, my honorable lords, may name the time,
    And in the duke’s behalf I’ll give my voice,
    20Which I presume he’ll take in gentle part.
    Enter RICHARD
  • BUCKINGHAM, STANLEY, HASTINGS, the bishop of ELY, RATCLIFFE, and LOVELL, enter with others and take their seats at a table.

    HASTINGS

    Now, noble lords, the reason we’re meeting is to determine the day the prince will be crowned. In God’s name, speak. When should the royal day be?

    BUCKINGHAM

    Is everything ready for that event?

    STANLEY

    It is. All we have to do is name the day.

    ELY

    Tomorrow’s a good day.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Who knows what the Lord Protector thinks? Who’s closest to him?

    ELY

    You, I think, would best know what he’s thinking.

    BUCKINGHAM

    We know each other’s faces, but as for our thoughts, he doesn’t know any more about my thinking than I do about yours or his—or you do about mine. Lord Hastings, you and he are close.

    HASTINGS

    Thank you. I know he holds me dear, but I haven’t asked him about the coronation, and he hasn’t told me. But you, my noble lords, may name a time, and I’ll second it on the duke’s behalf, which I don’t think he’ll mind.
    RICHARD, enters.