Describe the reaction of Sir Patrick Spens to the King's letter.
It's fair to say that Sir Patrick's none too thrilled at receiving his orders from the king, though his initial reaction is one of mirth. When he reads the first line of the letter, he actually laughs. Clearly there's something about going to Norway that he finds so terribly amusing. But as he continues to read the particulars of his fateful commission, his eyes start to well with tears. He descends into sorrow and self-pity, loudly lamenting his predicament, wondering aloud just who could have done such a terrible thing in persuading the king to...
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