Act 3, scene 6
A scrivener enters with the indictment of Hastings that is to be read that day in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The scrivener says he has spent eleven hours copying it after it was sent to him the previous night by Catesby. The scrivener guesses that the charges against Hastings are false, but he also doubts whether anyone will have the courage to say so.
This scene hints at an atmosphere of fear in the land. The powerful can literally get away with murder. It bodes ill for the country.