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Henry V
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1958  Tuesday, 16 November 2004

From:           Dana Wilson <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Oct 2004 08:06:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Henry V

Forum,

It has occurred to me that when Mountjoy enters for the second time,
right after the Saint Crispin's day speech, that he is not really
entering to ask for ransom, but that he is there to check up on the
king.  First, in the previous scene we are told that the battle has
broken out before the trumpets sounded to officially start the battle,
so maybe Mountjoy was coming to Harry to see if he was already embroiled
or if he still kept his tent.   Second, Harry says I do not care who
wears my clothes.   This put me in the mind that he had several suits
with him, and that maybe Mountjoy was coming to check and see how Harry
was dressed for the purposes of identifying his movements on the field,
without which intelligence, each of the King's habiliments could become
a doppelganger of the King spreading confusion on the field.   Finally,
this reminded me of the scene where the Constable of France was asked
whether he was wearing stars or suns on his armor, and the Dauphin
answers that many of those will fall tomorrow.   This means that with
their beavers down there would be at least several men on the field
fitting the description of the constable which is another kind of
doppelganger.

DEW

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