In 3.5, Richard has succeeded in getting rid of Hastings by
getting the Mayor to believe the false stories about
him. Richard pretends great indignation saying he had
been duped by Hastings and feigning great sorrow at
his alleged treachery:
"So dear I loved the man that I must weep. / I took
him for the plainest harmelss creature / That breathed upon the
earth, a Christian, / Made him my book wherein my soul recorded /
The history of all her secert thoughts. / ... / HYe lived from
all attainture of suspect."
Of course, it is evil to falsely accuse
someone. However, Richard's ability to manipulate
others seemingly knows no bounds and demonstrates his
The line from 2.1.60 to the end of the scene, Richard again
shows his cleverness by casting doubt the motives of
Hastings. He asks the King, "Marked you not how the guilty
kindred of the Queen / Looked pale when they did hear
of Clarence' death? "
Richard of Glouchester may be the greatest manipulator of all
time. He hones in on the weaknesses of others and
uses them to futher his own plans, no matter who he hurts, or
kills, along the way.