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July 5, 2015

Denial vs Reframing -- Part 1

In Henry V | Act 3, Scene 6, the English king's army was vastly outnumbered and the French ambassador was even demanding ransom from the king. The Duke of Gloucester could not help voicing his fear-driven wishes and hopes.

In these lines, King Henry spoke like US Civil War General USS Grant, reframing a desperate situation into something more encouraging.
Go bid thy master well advise himself:
If we may pass, we will; if we be hindered,
We shall your tawny ground with your red blood
Discolor. And so, Montjoy, fare you well.
The sum of all our answer is but this:
We would not seek a battle as we are,
Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it.
So tell your master.

I shall deliver so. Thanks to your Highness.

I hope they will not come upon us now.

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs.
March to the bridge. It now draws toward night.
Beyond the river we’ll encamp ourselves,
And on tomorrow bid them march away.

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