Speeches (Lines) for Bolingbroke
in "Henry VI, Part II"

Total: 7

# Act, Scene, Line
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Father John Hume. Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell you, expects
performance of your promises.

Bolingbroke. Master Hume, we are therefore provided: will her
ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?



Father John Hume. Ay, what else? fear you not her courage.

Bolingbroke. I have heard her reported to be a woman of an
invincible spirit: but it shall be convenient,
Master Hume, that you be by her aloft, while we be
busy below; and so, I pray you, go, in God's name,
and leave us.
[Exit HUME]
Mother Jourdain, be you
prostrate and grovel on the earth; John Southwell,
read you; and let us to our work.



Eleanor. Well said, my masters; and welcome all. To this
gear the sooner the better.

Bolingbroke. Patience, good lady; wizards know their times:
Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night,
The time of night when Troy was set on fire;
The time when screech-owls cry and ban-dogs howl,
And spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves,
That time best fits the work we have in hand.
Madam, sit you and fear not: whom we raise,
We will make fast within a hallow'd verge.
[Here they do the ceremonies belonging, and make the]
circle; BOLINGBROKE or SOUTHWELL reads, Conjuro te,
&c. It thunders and lightens terribly; then the
Spirit riseth]



Spirit. Ask what thou wilt. That I had said and done!

Bolingbroke. 'First of the king: what shall of him become?'



(stage directions). [As the Spirit speaks, SOUTHWELL writes the answer]

Bolingbroke. 'What fates await the Duke of Suffolk?'



Spirit. By water shall he die, and take his end.

Bolingbroke. 'What shall befall the Duke of Somerset?'



Spirit. Let him shun castles;
Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains
Than where castles mounted stand.
Have done, for more I hardly can endure.

Bolingbroke. Descend to darkness and the burning lake!
False fiend, avoid!
[Thunder and lightning. Exit Spirit]
[Enter YORK and BUCKINGHAM with their Guard]
and break in]

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