Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 463. Wednesday, 28 July 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 27 Jul 93 16:45:11 CST
Subject: Henry V's French
The comments about Hal's French fail to note what may be the most
important point--that his attempt to speak French displays his predisposition
to be a good husband. Mortimer, in HIV, Pt. 1, is determined to learn Welsh
so that he can communicate with his wife. In this desire he is markedly
different from his cousin Hotspur, who is unable to communicate with Kate, even
though they both speak the same tongue. Being willing to communicate with
their wives distinguishes Shakespeare's (and Bembo's) ideal heroes from their
flawed and more traditional brethren.
Southern Illinois U.