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violent fires soon burn out themselves" (II, i, 34) and tells him that "His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last"(II, i, 33)Lady Gloucester, however, thinks that Richard can be stopped and thinks that he must be stopped by Gaunt. She thinks that if Richard is not stopped, he will continue to kill, and Gaunt could be next. " ... To safeguard thine own life / The best way is to venge my Gloucester's death." (I, ii, 35-36)Richard could have allowed Bolingbroke and Mowbray to fight to the death, but if he had allowed this and if Bolingbroke had won, Richard's full part in the murder could be exposed. On the other hand, if Mowbray had won, Richard would be in debt to him even more so than he already was.
The only other option was to exile both Bolingbroke and Mowbray, stopping both from exposing Richard's part in the murder.Richard chooses at first to allow them to fight to the death "... Your lives will answer it, / At Coventry upon St. Lambert's Day" (I, i, 198-199). He allows the fight at first to go ahead, but shortly before the first blow is struck, Richard calls a halt to the fight and exiles them both, claiming "... Our kingdom's earth should not be soil'd / With that dear blood that it hath fostered" (I, iii, 125-126).
Bolingbroke is exiled for 10 years, which Richard consequently lowers to 6, and Mowbray is exiled for life.The way that Richard first forbids Bolingbroke and Mowbray to fight to the death, saying, "Our doctors say this month is no month to bleed" (I, i, 157).
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