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At this news, Clifford, Northumberland and Westmoreland express
their dismay at the King's sudden surrender and obvious
cowardice. Westmoreland condemns the king and bids him
farewell. Northumberland and Clifford also berate Henry for his
unmanly deed and leave him. King Henry sighs for unnaturally
disinheriting his son, but says that the crown is York's if he stops
the civil war. He adds that York should never put him down and
reign as king. York agrees to the proposal and reconciles with the
King. York bids farewell and departs to his castle at Wakefield
with his sons. Warwick returns to London with the soldiers and
Norfolk and his followers return to Norfolk. Henry goes back to
the court, realizing the magnanimity of what he has done.
Queen Margaret enters and laments the King's latest show of
cowardice. She strongly reproves the King for being such a weak
father, disinheriting his son and making the Duke of York his heir.
The King asks for forgiveness and admits that the Duke of York
had forced him to this action. The Queen mocks the King's
cowardice for being forced to abdicate the throne when he is the
King and has absolute power. She reproves him for preferring his
life to his honor and making a mockery of his position of power.
By this action of his, the Queen says that she has divorced herself
both from his table and from his bed. She expresses her decision to
follow the Lords who have forsaken him and urges her son to
follow her. The Prince says that he shall see his father after
returning victorious from the battlefield again. Henry pacifies
himself by saying that it is love for him and her son that has made
Margaret speak in this manner and wishes her well in seeking
revenge on York, whose haughty spirit winged with desire has cost
him his crown.
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