3HenryVI by the Numbers: overall

The Third Part of Henry the Sixth

  • 2904 total lines; longer than average play, shorter than average history (average play: 2777; average history: 3009)
  • At 32 lines, Act Four Scene Nine is the shortest of its kind in the Canon
  • At 32 lines, Act Four Scene Ten is the longest of its kind in the Canon
  • Act One: 582 lines; slightly shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 704 lines; longer than average, longer than average history (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 560 lines; slightly shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 557 lines; slightly shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 501 lines; longer than average, slightly longer than average history (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • only 4 lines of prose (0.14% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, 1HenryVI: 0.37%, and 2HenryVI: 16.64%]): reflecting less non-aristocratic roles; so far the least of any play read
  • 156 rhyming lines (5.37% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 20.10%, Titus Andronicus: 2.42%, The Taming of the Shrew: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, and 2HenryVI: 3.16%])
  • 25 scenes; more than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)
  • 50 characters (more than average, slightly more than average history (average play: 36, average history: 48)

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