Study Guide

King John Act 5, Scene 5

By William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 5

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  • Louis the Dauphin is alone on stage.
  • Louis says that the sun has just set, and the English are hightailing it off the battlefield. Looks like things are going okay for the French.
  • A messenger runs in and is all, "OMG, Count Melun is totally dead! Plus, all your English allies have betrayed you, and a bunch of our ships just sank!"
  • Louis takes the news pretty well, all things considered. He swears to get up early the next morning to see what the day will bring him.