Meanwhile, Hal's initial legal claim for France meets with little support from the French, the French Regent's son, the Dauphin sending a case of tennis balls as their less than serious response. Hal decides then that it will be war. Worried that his throne is ripe for rebellion when his troops are overseas, Hal leaves sufficient troops behind to protect against an uprising, resulting in a small force to take France. Many of Hal's old friends join the army for France, later sharing their perspectives on the coming battle. Old friend Falstaff is not among them, said to be sick from Hal's earlier betrayal of him, later passing away before the English army sets foot in France.