• Enter RICHARD and BUCKINGHAM, in rotten armor, marvelous ill-favored

    RICHARD

    Come, cousin, canst thou quake and change thy color,
    Murder thy breath in the middle of a word,
    And then begin again, and stop again,
    As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror?

    BUCKINGHAM

    5Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian,
    Speak, and look back, and pry on every side,
    Tremble and start at wagging of a straw,
    Intending deep suspicion. Ghastly looks
    Are at my service, like enforcèd smiles,
    10And both are ready in their offices,
    At any time to grace my stratagems.
    But what, is Catesby gone?

    RICHARD

    He is; and see, he brings the mayor along.
    Enter the LORD MAYOR and CATESBY

    BUCKINGHAM

    Lord Mayor—

    RICHARD

    15Look to the drawbridge there!

    BUCKINGHAM

    Hark, a drum!

    RICHARD

    Catesby, o'erlook the walls.
    Exit CATESBY
  • RICHARD and BUCKINGHAM enter wearing rusty, hideous-looking armor.

    RICHARD

    Tell me, cousin, I need to know if you can shake like you’ve got a fever, turn pale all of a sudden, and stop speaking in the middle of a word—as if you were driven crazy with fear.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Oh please, I can imitate the best tragic actor around. I can speak and then look all around, and tremble, and start at a mere piece of straw as if I were paranoid. Frightening looks are also at my service, as are fake smiles. Anytime I need them, they’re waiting to do my bidding. But has Catesby gone?

    RICHARD

    He has. But here he is, back with the mayor.
    The LORD MAYOR and CATESBY enter.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Lord Mayor—

    RICHARD

    Watch out for the drawbridge over there!

    drawbridge

    Richard and Buckingham are pretending they are under attack.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Listen! A drum!

    RICHARD

    Catesby, look over the top of these walls to see if anyone’s there.
    CATESBY exits.