| Quote #4
But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture,
Richard has this whole Machiavellian leader thing down. He basically role-plays his way to the crown, pretending to be godly and moral even though he's acting like a "devil." Richard takes pride in his skills as a master manipulator, suggesting that he's acting according to his own free will.
| Quote #5
So, now prosperity begins to mellow
Here Margaret foresees Richard's destruction of the House of York. This is not news to the audience, which has the advantage of historical hindsight and knows exactly where the play is headed. Still, this passage is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, the play's (and Margaret's) foreknowledge suggests that events are unfolding according to providential design. It's also interesting (and gross) that Margaret uses a fruit metaphor to suggest that Richard's prosperity has gone from being "ripe" to "rotten." Translation: Things are going downhill fast for Richard and the House of York.
| Quote #6
O upright, just, and true-disposing God,
Queen Margaret believes God is using Richard to punish the Yorks for doing terrible things to the Lancasters. But Margaret never acknowledges the fact that she and the rest of her family have done some pretty awful things themselves. Check out the next passage (1.3.15) below.