Friday, January 8, 2010

1 from King Henry the Fifth

...gentlemen in England, now a-bed,
Shall thinks themselves accursed they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap, whiles any speaks
That fought with me upon St. Crispin's Day.
---Henry The Fifth, King Henry the Fifth. Act 4, Scene 3

As far as I can tell this speech may be the origin of the trope in war films - and Battlestar Galactica - of drawing the line where the guys who don't have the stomach for it are free to leave and not take part. Peer group pressure dictates that nobody ever does.

1 comment:

Cláudia said...

Oh, Susan! This is really tiny! No wonder you camera got a hiccup!

I loved the quote and the remarks! You make a lovely match between words and images.