King Richard III - Act 2, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 4 Summary

The Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth and her son, the young Duke of York, await Prince Edward's return from Ludlow at the court in London. The Duchess hopes that Edward has grown since she saw him last. The queen replies that her younger son, the Duke of York, is said to have grown taller than Edward. York answers that he does not want to grow quickly because Richard once said that weeds grow quickly while "sweet flowers" grow slowly. The Duchess tells York that Richard only said that because he himself grew extremely slowly.

As they are talking, a messenger enters and reports that Prince Edward is fine, but Grey and Rivers have been arrested on the orders of Richard and Buckingham. Elizabeth sees that Richard is attempting to gain power and laments the "ruin of [her] house." She leaves with...

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