Was ever woman in this humour woo'd?

"Was ever woman in this humour woo'd?
Was ever woman in this humour won?"

King Richard III (I, ii, 227-228)

King Richard, one of the greatest villains in English history, is villainous even as a lover. Before the play begins, Richard has already killed Lady Anne's husband and Henry VI (her father- in-law), and now he woos Lady Anne. "I'll have her, but I will not keep her long. What, I that kill'd her husband and his father: To take her in her heart's extremest hate, With curses in her mouth." In this rather odd courtship, he succeeds in marrying Lady Anne, who had only just sworn revenge on the murderer of the king and her husband, wishing him an unhappy life of "wolves, spiders and toads, / or any creeping venomed thing that lives." In an even more ironic twist, she goes on to curse Richard's wife and offspring, not yet realizing that she will become the very wife she is cursing in the scene.

Themes: revenge, courtship

Speakers: Richard