by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
In the delightful last scene of Henry V, Henry Plantagenet asks for the hand of Katherine of France, speaking partly in fractured French while she answers in broken English. In amused frustration Henry says: "I" faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy understanding. I am glad thou canst speak no better English, for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find me such a plain king that thou wouldst think I had sold my farm to buy my crown."
In Alan Howard's rendering of the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the...