Goodkind meets Shakespeare - transcript of speech from Terrycon
'Friends, D'Harans, countrymen, lend me your ears
(Those that still have them after Richard's visit);
I come to praise Richard, not to bury him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones:
And yet some have all good and no evil in them.
So let it be with Richard. The noble Moose
Hath told you Richard was immoral:
If it were so, it was a moral necessity;
- For Moose is an honourable man -
Richard was my friend, faithful and just to me:
Never once did he kick me in the jaw.
He hath brought many captives home to D'Hara,
Whose bodies did the torture chambers fill:
Did this in Richard seem immoral?
When that the poor have cried, Richard hath laughed:
Immorality should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Moose says he was immoral;
And Moose is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Moose spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once,—not without cause:
What cause withholds you, then, to buy my books?—
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
Thou art too young and/or stupid to understand
And men have lost their reason!—Bear with me;
My heart is in the Midlands there with Richard,
And I must pause till it come back to me.'