Richard III Family Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
PRINCENo, uncle; but our crosses on the wayHave made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy.I want more uncles here to welcome me.GLOUCESTERSweet Prince, the untainted virtue of your yearsHath not yet div'd into the world's deceit;Nor more can you distinguish of a manThan of his outward show; which, God He knows,Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.Those uncles which you want were dangerous;Your Grace attended to their sug'red wordsBut look'd not on the poison of their hearts.God keep you from them and from such false friends!PRINCEGod keep me from false friends! but they werenone.GLOUCESTERMy lord, the Mayor of London comes to greetyou. (3.1.1)
Richard is making a clear grab at the prince's affections here. He appeals to young Prince Edward not as a loving uncle, but as one wise enough to protect him. Richard argues to the boy (by talking about his false uncles) that just because people are family doesn't mean they can be trusted. (Richard would know something about this, wouldn't he?) Ironically, it seems that Richard's suggestion that the prince's other uncles are false may be the very thing that clues Prince Edward in to Richard's treachery.