“ Dispute not with her,—she is lunatic. ”
William Shakespeare, Richard III (1597). copy citation
|Topic||women dispute insanity|
|Reference||Richard III, Act I, Scene 3|
|Note||Written between 1591 and 1592 Dorset line|
“Were you well serv'd, you would be taught your duty. QUEEN MARGARET To serve me well, you all should do me duty, Teach me to be your queen, and you my subjects: O, serve me well, and teach yourselves that duty! DORSET Dispute not with her,—she is lunatic. QUEEN MARGARET Peace, master marquis, you are malapert: Your fire-new stamp of honour is scarce current: O, that your young nobility could judge What 'twere to lose it, and be miserable! They that stand high have many blasts to shake them;” source
Meaning and analysis
Kwize Master While Queen Margaret, widow of Henry VI, says a litany of very violent accusations and insults against him, Richard tries to make her shut up. The Marquis of Dorset then recommends not trying to argue with her, as she has completely lost her mind.