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Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on myself, mut (? you have not the book of riddles about you, have you!

Simp. Book of riddles! why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake (4) upon All-hullowmas laft, a fortnight afore Martlemas?

Shal. Come, coz; come, coz ; we stay for you: a word with you, coz; marry this, coz; there is, as 'tweré, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here; do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, Sir, you fall find me reasonable: if it be fo, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. So I do, Sir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr. Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do, as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his country, simple tho' I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question : the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir.
Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it, to Mrs.

Ann Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry


upon any reasonable demands.

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? let us command to know that of your mouth,

your lips; for divers philosophers hoid, that the lips is parcel of the

or of


(4! Up:n Allhallowmas lafi, a fortnight afore Michaelmas.] Sure, Simple's a little out in his reckoning. Alballonumas is almost five weeks after Michaelmas. But may it not be urg'd, it is design'd, Simple should a pear thu: ignorant, to keep up character? I think,

The Empleft creatures (nay, even naturals) generally are very precise in the knowied'e of sestivals, and marking how the seasons siin: And therefore I have ventur'd to suspect, our Poet wrote mhartkrans, es ihe volcar call is; which is near a fortnight after Al. Soints day, i. e. cleven days, both inclusive.

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mind : therefore precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid ?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Slen. I hope, Sir; I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's Lords and his Ladies, you must fpeak posfitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must : will you, upon good dowry,

marry her?

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz ;; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz : can you love the maid !

Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request : but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occafion to know one another:: (5) I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt:: but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely diffolved, and diffolutely.

Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer ; fave, the fall is in th' ort dissolutely : the ort is, according to our mean-ing, resolutely; his meaning is good.

Shal. Ay, I think, my cousin meant well.
Sien, Ay, or else I would I might be hang'd, la.

Enter Mistress Ann Page.
Shal. Here comes fair mistress Ann : would I were:
young for


fake, mistress Ann. Ann. The dinner is on the table ;. my father desires your worship's company.

(S! I bope, ipen familiarity will grow more content.] Certainly, the Editors in their fagacity have murder’d'a jest here. It is delignd, 510 doubt, that S'ender flinuld lay decrease, instead of increase; and disa folród! and difjólu:ly: inhead of refluid and refolurely : but to make liim say, on the p esent occafion, that upon familiarity will grow more content, initead of contempt, is difarming the sentiment of all its i salt and bumur, and disappointing the audience of a reasonable cause for laughter.

Sbal. I will wait on him, fair-mistress Ann.

Eva. Cd's plessed will, I will not be absence at the grace.

(Exe. Shallow and Evans. Ann. Will's please your worlhip to come in, Sir!

Slen. Nos! I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am very well.

Tartu FC 1973 Ann. The dinner attends yoga Sir. 571 Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you; forfooth, Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow : [Exit Simple. a justice of peace fometime may be beholden 'to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

Ann. I may not go in without your worship; they will not fit, 'till you come.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing ; I thank you as much as though I did. PI: Ann. I pray yon, Sir, walk in.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I bruis'd my shin, th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stew'd prunes ; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat fioce. Why do your dogs bárk fo? be there bears i' th' town:

Ann. Ishink, there are, Sir; I heard them talk'd ofc

Slen. I love the sport well, but I fall as foon quarrel at it as any man in England. You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ?

Ana. Ay, indeed, Sir.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen is Sackor, on loose twenty times, and have taken him by

the chain; but, I warrant you, the women have la cry'd and shriek'd

at it, that it past : but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em, they are very ill-favour'd rough things.

Enter Mr. Page. "Page

. Come, gentle Mr Slender,come'; we stay for you. S'en. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, 'Sir,

Page. Byl cock and pye, you thall not chase, Sir; come ; come,


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Slen. Nay, pray you, opisane

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: Page."> Come on Sir. 1 l vi byhild cb.).rs

Slen. Miftress Ann, yourself shall go first. ins
Ann. Not I, Sir pray you, keep on

.. 9. Slen. Truly, I will not go firt, truly-la: I will not


1945.95 Ann. I pray you, Siry abngtis 190u1b 9d'T *** Slen. 1411 rather be unmannerly, than troublefome; you do yourself wrong, Indeed-la. s rondo (Exeunt. Mol 3.560 109,Uis s'hi

: 109 110) 73901 592 s Re-enter Evans and Simpleos yragai ve"

Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius hode which is the way; and there dwelts one'm:Arefs Quickly, which is in the manner of

of his nurse, or his dry nurse, os Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter; "Yor it is a o'man that altogethers acquaintance with miftress Ann Page; and the letter is to defire and require her to folicit your mafter's defires to mistress Ann Page: I pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner there's pippins and cheese to come. "no

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Tra 190 is di SCENE changes to the Garter-Inn.

Top 3. Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Piftol and Robin. Fal. M

INE of the garter,

Hoft. What fays my bully rock speak fchollarly, and wifely..!

Fal. Truly, mine hot, I must turn away fome of my

Hoft. Discard, bully Hercules, cashier'; let them w

trot, trot,
Fal. I fit at ten pounds a week. 2,8:13 i essing

Hoft. Thou'rt an Emperor, Cæfar, Keifar and Pbeasar. I will entertain Bardolph, he hall draw, be ball

tap; said I well, bully Hettor! ve Fel. Do foigood mine boft.


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Hot. I have spoke, let him follow; let me fee chee froth, and live : I am at a word ; follow.

[Exit Hoft. Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapfter is a good trade; an old cloak makes a new jerkin ; a wither'd servingman, a frash tapster : go, adieu. Bard, It is a life that I have defir'd: I will thrive.

{Exit Bard. Pift. O base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?

Nym. He was gotten in drink, is not the humour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the humour of it.

Fal. I am glad, I am so quit of this tinderbox; his. thefts were too open ; his filching was like an unskil-ful singer, he kept not time.

Nym. The good humour is to steal at a minute's reft.

Pift. Convey, the wise it call: keal? foh ; a fico for the phrase !

Fal. Well, Sirs, I am almost out at heels.
Pift. Why then, let kibes enfue.

Fal. There is no remedy: I must conycatch, I must thift.

Pift. Young ravens must have food.
Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
Pift. I ken the wight, he is of fubftance good.
Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about.
Pift. Two yards and more.

Fal. No quips now, Piftol : indeed, I am in the waste two yards about; but I am now about no waste, I am about thrifto Briefly, I do mean to make love to

Ford's wife : I fpy entertainment in her ; fne dircourses, the carves, the gives the leer of invitation; I can conftrue the action of her familiar ftile, and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be english'd right, is, I am Sir John Falltaff's.

Pift. He hath study'd her well, and translated her well; out of honefty into English. Nym. The anchor is deep; will that humour.pass ?


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