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The fifth scene of the fifth act in “Edward II” is the murder scene. It is laid in the castle where imprisoned Edward is subjected to endless disgrace and inhuman torture. Matrevis and Gurney who have been posted there by Mortimer take all possible measures to torture the king by compelling him to stand up to the knees in mire and puddle for ten days.Read More Elizabethan Literature To allow him no sleep, one plays continually upon a drum. Read More Drama The king can not eat the bread and water which they throw at him. He is badly in need of sleep and sustenance. He can not stand any more the stifling stench and filth. Matrevis and Gurney wonder that still – “the king dies not”. But the king must die soon. So Mortimer has sent Lightborn, a professional murderer, to do the rest. Lightborn, as it appears, has been directed by Mortimer to murder the king artfully so as to leave no sign of the violent death. Lightborn wants to meet the king and asks. Matrevis and Gurney to keep ready a red hot iron spit, a table and a feather lead.