By Alan Bennett
George III's behaviour has frequently been bizarre, yet now he's deranged, with rumours circulating that he has even addressed an oak tree because the King of Prussia. medical professionals are introduced in, the govt. wavers and the Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into energy. Alan Bennett's play explores the court docket of a mad king, and the worried remedies he was once pressured to endure. it's in regards to the nature of kingship itself, displaying how through refined levels the ruler's delirium erodes his authority and standing.
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The Prince has to be made Regent. (Cheerfully) this stuff ensue. The King won't get well. DUNDAS: no longer in time, definitely. And as soon as the Prince of Wales is dependable we will by no means recognize if he has recovered or now not. THURLOW: Why’s that? PITT: as the Regent will mew him up in a few Windsor boccado and mad or sane he'll by no means be noticeable back. THURLOW: you've been examining too many novels. PITT: (Taking the invoice) rather well. i'm going to current the invoice subsequent week. THURLOW: That’s correct. Get it over with. Get it over with. All this pleasure isn’t sturdy for me. i'm convinced my pulse has long gone up back. (A FOOTMAN has entered. ) convinced, what's it? FOOTMAN: Your hat, my Lord. Your Lordship left it within the condo of the Prince of Wales. THURLOW: No. no longer my hat. Take it away. Doesn’t healthy even. FOOTMAN: Your identify, sir. Your coat of hands. THURLOW: So it truly is. ordinary. ask yourself the way it received there. nonetheless. greater placed it on, dammit, lest I lose it back. Ha! So. solid afternoon, gents. PITT: Lord Chancellor. (THURLOW exits. ) DUNDAS: How lengthy has he been striking his hat there? PITT: I don’t understand. yet why no longer? He has his attractiveness to contemplate, in any case. He hasn't ever been at the wasting facet but. WINDSOR The KING, sitting within the restraining chair, is cards with GREVILLE and PAPANDIEK, the KING in nightgown and nightcap, GREVILLE and PAPANDIEK either of their shirtsleeves and PAPANDIEK with out his wig. FITZROY is in attendance thoroughly attired and properly behaved, and taking no half within the complaints. WILLIS, as regularly, is in attendance. BAKER is simply taking his depart of the KING. KING: snap! GREVILLE: snap! KING: Oh, incidentally, Baker … One final thing … BAKER: Sir? KING: i've got a bit task for you. A mystery project. BAKER: definite, sir? KING: i need you at hand over Gibraltar to Spain and spot for those who can get Minorca in go back. Do you're thinking that you'll do this? BAKER: I’m a doctor, sir. KING: then you definitely shouldn't have any trouble. reliable afternoon. My move, is it? (BAKER shakes his head at WILLIS and is going out. ) WILLIS: i've been looking at you for it slow, sir. ALL: Snap! KING: so that you may still. That’s what they pay you for. WILLIS: i've been looking at you, yet with a brand new eye. KING: a brand new eye? expensive me. a brand new eye. And what does this new eye secret agent? WILLIS: The nonsense that you just speak is not any longer helpless nonsense. Your improprieties are planned, sir, intentional. You get pleasure from them. they're uttered realizing you may have the licence of a disturbed brain. KING: i'm the King. I say what i need. ALL: Snip, snap, snorum. WILLIS: you're enjoying a video game, sir. KING: i do know. Snap. WILLIS: No, sir, no longer snap. (He snatches up the playing cards and prevents the sport. FITZROY hustles GREVILLE and PAPANDIEK from the desk. ) you're enjoying a video game with me, sir. good, adequate of it. if you happen to pick out you could behave. (The KING tauntingly places his toes at the desk. WILLIS fixes him along with his gaze and a bit of shamefacedly the KING eliminates them. ) inform me the names of your kids. KING: Can’t. Don’t communicate French. WILLIS: Sir. KING: Frederick, William, Charlotte, Edward, Augusta, Elizabeth, Ernest, Augustus, Adolphus, Mary, Sophia, my little Octavius, long past to his grave at 4 years previous.