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King Henry IV 1(2009), Scene 19

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Published on Jul 3, 2011

Again, swordfights choreographed by yours truly. :D

Act III, Scene X

King Henry and his two sons, Prince Hal and John of Lancaster, enter along with Westmoreland. Hal, who is wounded, refuses to leave the battlefield. Prince John exits to continue fighting. After Hal leaves, Douglas appears and threatens King Henry. Douglas does not know whether this is the real king, and doesn't care. But, as Douglas fights the king and nearly wins, Hal rescues his father and drives Douglas away. The king, praising his son, leaves with a guard.

Hotspur arrives. Finally, Hal and Hotspur are face-to-face in battle. As they begin to fight, Falstaff enters to cheer Hal on. But Douglas re-enters and attacks Falstaff, who falls. Douglas now attempts to join the fight between Hal and Hotspur, but Hotspur waves him away, preferring to fight the prince on his own. Douglas leaves.

Hal overcomes Hotspur, who speaks a few more words and dies. Hal speaks words of praise to the body of his foe, and then, as he prepares to leave, spies Falstaff on the ground as well. Hal is shaken, and says farewell, saying he will miss him perhaps more than Falstaff deserves.

And as the prince leaves, Falstaff rises, unharmed. "The better part of valor is discretion," he reminds us. Seeing Hotspur's dead body, he fears Hotspur might be pretending to be dead as well, and stabs the corpse to make sure. Falstaff then decides to claim that he killed Hotspur himself.

Prince Hal and his brother John re-enter, and are amazed to find Falstaff alive. Falstaff claims that Hotspur was also not dead, and that after Hal left, both Hotspur and Falstaff rose and fought a duel, where Falstaff killed Hotspur, for real this time.

Hal decides that he will back up that story, so that others will think Falstaff is a hero. Then, the trumpets sound to indicate that King Henry's forces have won the battle.

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