Study Guide

Henry VI Part 3 Act 2, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 1

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  • On the battlefield, Edward and Richard wonder where their dad is. Richard saw him fighting and boy, was he brave. He's proud of his dad.
  • Just then, Edward notices three suns. Richard thinks the suns are hugging, or joining together somehow. How curious. Edward thinks it's them—the three York brothers—all blazing forward in the world, together. Richard, though, is skeptical.
  • A messenger arrives with news of York's death. Edward is too sad to hear anything else. Richard, on the other hand, wants to know all the gory details.
  • After the messenger tells the whole story—including the episode with the bloody handkerchief—Edward mourns. He says his body is like a prison to him because he'll never be happy again.
  • Richard reacts differently. He can't cry over this, because he's too angry. He vows to get revenge on Clifford and Margaret for what they've done to his family. Dun dun dun. (Foreshadowing, much?)
  • In come Warwick and Montague, with their armies. Richard breaks the news to them, and Edward fills them in on the fact that Clifford was the culprit.
  • Then Warwick reports some news of his own: he heard about York's death and tried to stop Margaret on her way back to London. His army really tried, but it was no dice—Margaret's army defeated his and ran. In other news, George (Richard and Edward's other brother) is back from France.
  • Wow, Richard replies. He's never heard of Warwick stepping down from a fight, so the battle must have been super difficult.
  • It seems Richard's assessment of Warwick is right, because he wants to charge into London to make Henry honor his agreement with York. Edward (being York's eldest son) is the new Duke of York now, so that means that he should get the crown when Henry croaks.
  • The men agree but are still discussing deets when a messenger enters with news from their brother George: Margaret is on the move and ready to attack them. Again.
  • Warwick says they must be brave, and they all get ready for the attack.