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MonkeyNotes-Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
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EPILOGUE

The closing speech is important. It could be seen as a prayer for the sovereign. There are three paragraphs: the first is spoken by the playwright; the second and the third need a dancer.


The speaker kneels down before the audience and says that he is kneeling down to pray for the Queen. It is a Court audience and the speaker wins popularity with the ladies. “All the gentlewoman here have forgiven me: if the gentlemen will not.” The playwright says, “Falstaff dies of sweat,” refers to either the plague and venereal disease. Oldcastle dies a martyr but Falstaff has not. The speaker bids good night to the audience saying that his tongue is weary and his legs sore.

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