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Gaunt cannot avenge his father’s death because Richard is king

“God’s is the quarrel; for gods substitute his deputy anointed... I may never lift an angry arm against his minister”


Why doesn’t gaunt take revenge ?

Treason against king would be blasphemy against god.

God will take vengeance


Significance of scene?

Private / intimate just after the pomp and ceremony.

Public and private issues, corruption of the England under Richards rule

Audience scrutinise Richard already


Private issue

Death of Gloucester

Crime against family honour and sin against nature


Duchess metaphor for death of Gloucester

“One vial full of Edwards sacred blood one flourishing branch of his most royal root is brackets and all the precious liquor split”


Duchess wants revenge

“The best way is to venge my Gloucesters death”