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Wives and Troubled Husbands

Lady Percy's plea to Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1, is similar to Portia's plea to Brutus in Julius Caesar. In both a wife is pleading with her husband to disclose the thoughts that seem to trouble him deeply. A difference, however, is that some psychologists consider Lady Percy's speech a clinical description of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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O my good lord, why are you thus alone?

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Portia! What mean you? Wherefore rise you now?

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