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I was not angry since I came to France
Until this instant. If they will fight with us, let them come down,
Or void the field; they do offend our sight:
If they’ll do neither, we will come to them,
And make them skirr away, as swift as stones
Enforced from the old Assyrian slings:
We’ll cut the throats of those we have,
And not a man of them that we shall take
Shall taste our mercy
I was not angry since I came to France until this instant.
Oh thank you for including this–I’ve been waiting to see if you would. I think this is my favorite line in Henry V, especially the way Tom Hiddleston delivers it, because it shows such a timeless portrayal of frustration. I can imagine an English tourist standing next to me on the streets of Paris, looking at a map or trying to hail a taxi, saying this very line today, and he wouldn’t seem a bit out of place!