* In a series of wittily written confrontations, the characters manipulate each other like pieces on a chessboard, constantly seeking weaknesses in each other and jockeying for advantage.
* By the end of the play the situation is the same as when it started--nothing has been resolved, but everybody, including the audience, has enjoyed the game.
* Alais says she's going to stay in her room and Henry can send up reports of what's happening; Henry does not want more enemies, although she is not taken seriously by anyone else, and he says he has loved no mistress but her.
* Henry has kept Eleanor imprisoned for 10 years and is curious to see how she's aged; Henry talks about his and Eleanor's differing plans for their kingdom.
* Part of Henry's agreement with Alais' brother, King Philip of France, she is to marry the heir to the throne or else Henry...
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