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Act 3, Scene 4


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'like an executioner, Cut off the heads of too-fast-growing sprays That look too lofty in our commonwealth:' (Queen)
The Queen uses the garden as a metaphor for dealing with the uprising.
'The noisome weeds which without profit suck The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.' (Gardener)
The Gardener uses the garden metaphor to describe Richard's rule.
'When our sea-walled garden, the whole land, Is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up,' (Servant)
The Servant uses the garden metaphor to describe England and Richard.
'Swarming with caterpillars?' (Servant)
The Servant finishes his metaphor by describing Bullingbrooke.
'He that hath suffered this disordered spring Hath now himself met with the fall of leaf.' (Gardener)
The Gardener says that Richard created the problem and now suffers as a consequence.
'Superfluous branches We lop away, that bearing boughs may live:' (Gardener)
The Gardener talks of getting rid of what is not needed so that others may flourish.
'What Eve, what serpent, hath suggested thee To make a second Fall of cursed man?' (Queen)
The Queen uses biblical allusions to suggest the scale of Richard's deposition.
'In your lord's scale is nothing but himself, And some few vanities that make him light;' (Gardener)
The Gardener suggests that Richard has no-one to support him.
'But in the balance of great Bullingbrooke, Besidea himself , are all the English peers, And with that odds he weighs King Richard down.' (Gardener)
The Gardener says that Bullingbrooke has the support of the people and this will bring Richard down.