The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2125 Thursday, 24 October 2002
Date: Wednesday, 23 Oct 2002 23:09:07 +0800
Subject: King Edward's Early Entrance in McKellen's Richard III
Since the last time I had a thesis-related question I waited far too
long before posing the question to the SHAKSPER group (and receiving a
dozen wonderfully helpful replies immediately!), I thought I would make
this one of my early ports of call for this question, which has puzzled
In McKellen-Loncraine's 1995 Richard III feature film, McKellen includes
in his screenplay (and in the finished film version) an entrance for
King Edward (John Wood) to his young American Queen Elizabeth, in the
position in which Buckingham and Stanley would normally enter
(I.iii.16). Edward delivers four lines which have stumped me somewhat,
and I was wondering if anyone on the list would have any clues as to its
origin. I have already performed some web searches, and checked
Schmidt's lexicon and Crystal's glossary, but no luck. The passage is
King Edward is at the doorway, helped by Princess Elizabeth. He belies
his illness by his confident manner.
My love, what danger can befall to you
So long as Edward is your constant friend?
And a sovereign, whom Richard must obey?
Yes, whom he shall obey - and love you too.
I'm sure the answer is right in front of me, but to avoid wasted hours,
I thought I would test out the trusted source. McKellen's printed
screenplay is generally so excellent on the origins of relocated lines,
that I am slightly wary of these which are uncredited.
Thanks in advance,
University of Western Australia
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