Richard III: Novel Summary: Act 2 Scene 3

Act 2, scene 3In a London street, three citizens discuss the news of the death of the king. Thesecond citizen fears what will happen now. The third citizen does not relish the prospect of a child on the throne (the Prince of Wales is only twelve years old), but the second citizen, now looking on the bright side, says it will be fine, because the young king will have a council rule on his behalf while he is a minor. But the third citizen doubts whether there are any wise nobles. He does not trust Richard or the Queen’s family.AnalysisThis short scene shows how the general population views the situation. The third citizen, who is most apprehensive about what may happen, is given the most lines, and the others are uneasy, although they hope for the best.