When Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of murdering the Duke of Gloucester, Richard knows that there is a chance of Mowbray telling about Richard's involvement in the crime. Gaunt also understands Richard's position but he also knows that there is no stopping Richard, because "... correction lieth in those hands / which made the fault that we cannot correct" (I, ii, 4-5). Richard is seen as God's representative on Earth and only Richard can punish himself, so it is a matter only God can resolve.
"God's is the quarrel - for God's substitute,
His deputy anointed in His sight,
Hath caus'd his death..."
Although Gaunt seems satisfied with this fact in Act I, scene ii, later, from his deathbed he seems more dissatisfied with this and reminds Richard that "... 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 Richa...