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Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2


by William Shakespeare

Prince Hal (King Henry V) Timeline and Summary

  • 2.2.1: At his apartment in London, Hal shoots the breeze with Ned Poins. He complains that he's tired and says he's worried that he's become accustomed to the lifestyle of a commoner (especially because he's so close to Poins and loves to drink cheap beer).
  • 2.2.6: Hal confesses that his "heart bleeds inwardly" because his father is sick but says that he cannot grieve for his father publicly because people would think he was a disingenuous hypocrite.
  • 2.2.19: Hal reads a letter from Falstaff and then he and Poins agree to go to the Boar's Head Tavern, disguised as waiters, so they can spy on Falstaff.
  • 2.4.1: After spying on Falstaff at the Boar's Head Tavern and overhearing Falstaff badmouth him, Prince Hal says he's going to beat up Falstaff. He confronts Falstaff but hurries away to his father's castle after Peto arrives with news that King Henry IV is at his palace at Westminster and trouble is brewing with the rebels.
  • 4.5.1: Hal arrives at the palace while his sick father is napping. He sits at Henry's bedside and, thinking the king has died in his sleep, tries on the crown and leaves to weep in another room.
  • 4.5.5: After King Henry (who has since awakened from his nap) goes off on Hal for taking the crown and being a rotten son, Hal delivers a heartfelt apology and finally reconciles with his father.
  • 5.2.1: After King Henry IV dies, Hal promises to be a good king. He embraces the Lord Chief Justice as a father figure and a trusted advisor, abandoning his old ways.
  • 5.5.1: During his coronation procession, Hal (a.k.a. King Henry V) dismisses his old friend Falstaff when the old knight tries to address him on the street in London.
  • 5.5.2: When Falstaff persists, Henry V banishes Falstaff altogether, confirming his commitment to uphold the law and justice in England.