• Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, Lord Marquess of DORSET, Lord RIVERS, and Lord GREY

    RIVERS

    Have patience, madam. There’s no doubt his majesty
    Will soon recover his accustomed health.

    GREY

    In that you brook it ill, it makes him worse.
    Therefore, for God’s sake, entertain good comfort
    5And cheer his grace with quick and merry eyes.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    If he were dead, what would betide on me?

    RIVERS

    No other harm but loss of such a lord.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    The loss of such a lord includes all harms.

    GREY

    The heavens have blessed you with a goodly son
    10To be your comforter when he is gone.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Ah, he is young, and his minority
    Is put unto the trust of Richard Gloucester,
    A man that loves not me nor none of you.

    RIVERS

    Is it concluded that he shall be Protector?

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    15It is determined, not concluded yet;
    But so it must be if the king miscarry.
  • QUEEN ELIZABETH, the lord marquess of DORSET, RIVERS, and Lord GREY enter.

    RIVERS

    Be patient, madam. I’m sure his majesty will recover his health soon.

    GREY

    You’ll only make him worse with all your worry. For God’s sake, let people comfort you. Then you’ll be able to cheer him up.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    If he were dead, what would happen to me?

    GREY

    Nothing more than that you’d lose your husband.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Losing this husband will cause me all sorts of harm.

    GREY

    You have been blessed with an excellent son, who will comfort you when the king is dead.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    But he’s young, and as long as he’s too young to become king, Richard, the duke of Gloucester, has power over him. Richard loves neither me nor any of you.

    RIVERS

    Has it been decided that Richard will be Protector?

    Protector

    A “Protector” acted for a king until he was old enough to rule on his own.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    It’s been decided, though not yet officially announced. But that’s what will happen if the king dies.