King Henry IV, Part I - Act 5, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 2 Summary

Worcester and Vernon return to the rebel camp. Worcester insists that they hide the news of King Henry's offer of pardon. He is certain that the King would only find another way to punish them. King Henry is an accomplished dissembler.

Hotspur and Douglas enter and ask for news of the meeting. Worcester says that the King bids them battle. Douglas expresses defiance and exits. Worcester claims that he told the King their grievances, but the King expressed no mercy. Douglas returns, calling the men to arms.

Worcester tells Hotspur that Prince Henry has challenged him to combat. Hotspur asks in what manner the challenge was made, and Vernon praises Prince Henry's noble and respectful manner. Vernon thinks that Prince Henry is a great hope for the country, whose misbehavior has led to his being misunderstood. Hotspur is not impressed.

A messenger enters with letters...

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