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Henry V Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #10

KING HENRY
It is not a fashion for the maids in France
to kiss before they are married, would she say?
ALICE
Oui, vraiment.
KING HENRY
O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great
kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined
within the weak list of a country’s fashion. We are
the makers of manners, Kate, and the liberty that
follows our places stops the mouth of all find-faults,
as I will do yours for upholding the nice fashion of
your country in denying me a kiss. Therefore,
patiently and yielding. (5.2.276-286)

According to Henry, Catherine doesn't have to live by the same rules that other young women live by because she's royalty.

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