The First Part of Henry the Fourth: Numbers Overall

The First Part of Henry the Fourth

  • 2993 total lines; longer than average play and shorter than average history (average play: 2777; average history: 3009)
  • At 532 and 850 lines respectively, Act Two, Scene Four and the entirety of Act Two are the longest of their kinds in the Canon
  • Act One: 617 lines; longer than average (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 850 lines; longer than the average (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 650 lines; longer than average (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 369 lines; shorter than average (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 507 lines; longer than average (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • 1338 lines of prose, the most of any play thus far in the Canon (44.7% 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%, 2HenryVI: 16.64%, 3HenryVI: 0.14%, Richard III: 2.89%, Love’s Labor’s Lost: 35.08%, The Two Gentlemen of Verona: 26.81%, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 19.75%, Romeo and Juliet: 14.18%, King John: 0.0%, The Merchant of Venice: 21.79%, and Richard the Second: 0%])
  • 31 rhyming lines, the fewest of any play thus far in the Canon (18.95% of total lines [as opposed to Comedy: 20.10%, Titus: 2.42%, Taming: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, 2HenryVI: 3.16%, 3HenryVI: 5.37%, Richard III: 7.55%, LLL: 40.86%, 2Gents: 35.08%, Midsummer: 43.5%, Romeo: 16.61%, King John: 6.19%, Merchant: 5.16%, and Richard II: 18.95%])
  • 19 scenes; less than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)
  • 34 characters (average play: 36, average history: 47)

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