| Quote #10
Now playing the role of "Prince Hal" during the play at the tavern, Falstaff takes another opportunity to defend himself when he pleads with the "king" (played by Hal) to banish everyone but "old Jack Falstaff." Hal's cryptic and cold response, "I do. I will" anticipates the way Hal will in fact banish his friend. On the battlefield at Shrewsbury we see Hal begin to pull away from Falstaff and later, in Henry IV Part 2, he banishes his friend outright.
| Quote #11
Another king! they grow like Hydra's heads:
After Douglas kills Sir Walter Blunt, one of many men marching in the king's "coats" (as a diversion tactic during battle) at Shrewsbury, Douglas worries that he's encountered another "counterfeit" when he happens upon the real King Henry. This passage reminds us of the tavern scenes, where Hal and Falstaff take turns playing the part of the "king." Once again, the play suggests that kingship is nothing more than a "role." Successful leaders, much like successful actors, require costumes and acting chops.