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

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Act 4, Scene 2 Summary

At the royal court, Richard hints to Buckingham that he wants the young princes murdered. Buckingham pretends not to understand what Richard means, forcing him to make the request plainly. Buckingham does not obey right away, but says he needs time to think it over. Buckingham's hesitation angers Richard, and he sends for another man named Tyrrel, who can be tempted to anything with money. He agrees to kill the princes for Richard. Richard then tells Catesby to spread the rumor that his wife, Anne, is ill and near to death. He wants to marry Elizabeth of York, Edward's daughter, in order to strengthen his claim to the throne.

Buckingham comes back, having considered what Richard asked of him. However, Richard cuts him off and talks instead of Dorset, whom he has been informed, has fled. Buckingham asks Richard to have the earldom of Hereford...

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