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Henry acknowledges both the misery of the situation and his own responsibility for it, even wishing "that my death would stay these ruthful deeds." He also offers to weep along with the father, in a striking display of sympathy.
Ah faithless Rosalind, and void of grace, That art the root of all this ruthful woe.
Against Sri Lanka, they dithered to a draw at Lord's and dawdled to defeat at Headingley - losing 1-0 in a series a more ruthless (or less ruthful) team would have won 2-0.