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MonkeyNotes-Henry VI, Part 1 by William Shakespeare

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Act IV, Scene IV


Somerset declines to go to Talbot’s aid saying that it is York’s
responsibility to help Talbot since it was he who engineered
this expedition. Lucy points out York’s claim that Somerset has
withheld the promised help thus aborting York’s efforts to
help. Somerset calls York a liar causing Lucy to exclaim that it
is the English disunity that has brought Talbot to this point.
Finally Somerset agrees to send help, but, as Lucy points out, it
is too late.


Talbot’s messengers fly from one nobleman to another but to
no avail. Somerset is blind to everything except his quarrel
with York. Neither nobleman acknowledges the fact that
Talbot’s doom is their responsibility. Instead they accurse each
other like stubborn children. Lucy is forced to give up hope of
Talbot being saved. His sorrow turns to angry bitterness
because he realizes that the English defeat is not due to the
might of the French but because of the "fraud of England."
Somerset’s acquiescence in the end is tinged with tragic irony
because now it is too late for Talbot: his fate has been sealed
by the delays.

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