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No. 85: Holly V

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Holly V

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=85

Strip by: LTDave

{Holly wears a crown and leads a great army. Ambrose, Oliver, and Delkin are amongst the soldiers.}
[caption]: Holly V
Holly: Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us...
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!
{Holly alone, as entire army has deserted her}
[caption]: So that's why Shakespeare was a poet, and not a warrior king.

The author writes:

I love Shakespeare's Henry V, but I think that outnumbered 5 to 1 and with an offer of money to desert, I would have gone back to England rather than win a famous victory.

[Note by DMM: The speech quoted here is actually less than a fifth of the entire speech Henry V gives to his troops before the battle...]