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The Wooing of Henry V, Act V, scene ii

The Wooing of Henry V, Act V, scene ii

Scene summary: In this love scene in which Henry woos Katharine, the king's tone is gently mocking, and yet it is apparent that he is quite serious in his courting. He tells Katharine that he is an athlete and a soldier, but he is not a poet who can speak cleverly to win her love. Katharine seems hesitant, so Henry tells her that they will rule all of England and France and bear a son. When Katharine finally agrees, Henry tries to kiss her hand, which she claims is unworthy. He then tries to kiss her lips but is told that it is not the custom for maids to kiss before marriage. The king tells Katharine that they will set the customs — not follow them — and with that, he kisses her lips.

Link to the full summary and information source: CliffNotes.com -http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/h/henry-v/summary-and-analysis/act-v-scene-2

Engraved by W. Greatbach from a painting by F. Yeames

Image Source: Circulating Collection, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Subject: "King Henry V" -- Shakespeare.

 

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