The Lion in Winter - Act 1, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

Anthony Harvey
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Act 1, Scene 5 Summary

Alone in her bedchamber, Eleanor tries on her jewels, commenting to herself about how she's lost again but will have another chance after being locked in prison for another year. Geoffrey enters, saying that Richard is in a rage, that John is running after him and goading him, and that he's come to see whether Eleanor is lonely. Eleanor offers him her crown, but he doesn't try it on, talking about his third birthday and saying that he remembers not the gifts but who was doing what to whom and feeling nothing but indifference from his parents. He asks why that is, but Eleanor evades the question, saying she doesn't have a simple answer and talking about how she used to get bored listening to the conversations of older and wiser men, but that she'd listen now.

John enters, saying he wants to gloat, but...

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