I can see where the confusion comes from, so don’t worry - Richard III also appears in the Henry VI trilogy, which is chronologically followed in terms of story by Richard III. He’s already plotting to get the throne for himself at this point. He in fact does deliver the soliloquy where the quote comes from in Henry VI Part 3, although at the time he was still known merely as the Duke of Gloucester. I also think directors like to insert that line into productions/adaptations of Richard III as well simply because it’s so good and reflects so much of Richard’s character (e.g., the 1995 film w/ Ian McKellen), and I suppose that can make things even more confusing. Long story short - it’s spoken by Richard III, but in Henry VI Part 3. Thanks for alerting me anyway though, I appreciate it!
SPX was great fun and I was really excited to sell a bunch of the copies of Act II I’d printed! I’m putting up the remainders online here if you’re interested in getting one of your own! Each book comes with a hand-cut drawing and a signature and my gratitude!
Now let’s see if I can pivot these bad boys into an even bigger project!
Oh and if you haven’t seen them, more of the illustrations can be found here!
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a
base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited,
hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a
lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson,
glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue;
one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a
bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but
the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar,
and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I
will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest
the least syllable of thy addition.
It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue;
but it is no more unhandsome than to see the lord
the prologue. If it be true that good wine needs
no bush, ‘tis true that a good play needs no
epilogue; yet to good wine they do use good bushes,
and good plays prove the better by the help of good
epilogues. What a case am I in then, that am
neither a good epilogue nor cannot insinuate with
you in the behalf of a good play!