Study Guide

Henry VI Part 1 Act 2, Scene 2

By William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 2

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  • Talbot, Bedford, and Burgundy come in. Bedford decides to give the French a break and stop chasing them for now.
  • Talbot says he has revenged Salisbury, in no uncertain terms: "For every drop of blood was drawn from him / There hath at least five Frenchmen died tonight" (2.2.8-9).
  • Talbot plans to build a tomb to Salisbury right in France, celebrating Salisbury's courage and rubbing it in for the French.
  • Talbot notes that they didn't see the Dauphin, Joan of Arc, or the Dauphin's chief men in the battle.
  • Bedford says it's thought they leapt over the walls and hid in a field.
  • Burgundy says he thinks he frightened the Dauphin and Jean. He's in little doubt that they're lovers—in fact, he describes Jean as a prostitute, or "trull" (2.2.28). This looks pretty bad for Charles's military reputation, in the view of the play's audience. Fun fact: The period wasn't so strong on the make love, not war theory of life.
  • A messenger turns up and asks Talbot to pay a visit to "the virtuous lady, Countess of Auvergne" (2.2.38).
  • Burgundy thinks that the chivalrous thing to do is to go and Talbot agrees then heads out to see her.