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THE DYNASTS                 ACT
FIRST ATTENDANT Now, sir, it is the beginning of June.
KING
Ah, June, I remember! . . . The June flowers not for me. I shall never see them ; nor will she. So fond of them as she was. . . . Even if I were living I would never go where there are flowers any more ! No : I would go to the bleak, barren places that she never would walk in, and never knew, so that nothing might remind me of her, and make my heart ache more than I can bear ! . . . Why, the beginning of June ?—that's when they are coming to examine me! (Her grows excited.)
FIRST ATTENDANT (to second attendant, aside)
Dr. Reynolds ought not to have reminded him of their visit. It only disquiets him and makes him less fit to see them.
KING How long have I been confined here ?
FIRST ATTENDANT
Since November, sir; for your health's sake entirely, as your Majesty knows.
KING
What, what? So long? Ah, yes. I must bear it. This is the fourth great black gulf in my poor life, is it not ? The fourth.
A signal at the door. The second attendant opens it and whispers.
Enter softly SIR HENRY HALFORD, DR. WILLIAM HEBERDEN, DR. ROBERT WILLIS, DR. MATTHEW BAILLIE, the KING'S APOTHECARY, and one or two other gentlemen.
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