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woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind picked (with the devil's name) out of my conversathan I do, nor can do more than I do with her, I tion, that he dares in this manner fassay me? Why, thank heaven.

he hath not been thrice in my company.-What Fent. [Within.] Who's within there, ho? should I say to him?-I was then frugal of my

Quick. Who's there, I * trow? Come near the mirth heaven forgive me !-Why, I'll exhibit a house, I pray you.

bill in the parliament for the putting down of fat Enter FENTON.

How shall I be revenged on him? for reFent. How now, good woman! how dost thou? venged I will be, as sure as his guts are made of

Quick. The better, that it pleases your good wor- puddings. ship to ask.

Enter Mistress FORD. Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress Anne? Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was going Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest,

to your house. and gentle; and one that is your friend, I can tell

Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you. you that by the way; I praise heaven for it.

You look very ill. Fent. Shall I do any good, think'st thou? Shall Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that: I have to I not lose my suit?

show to the contrary. Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above; but

Mrs. Page. Faith, but you do, in my mind. notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then ; yet, I say, I could book, she loves you.-Have not your worship a wart show you to the contrary. O, mistress Page! give above your eye?

me some counsel. Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that?

Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale.-Good faith,

Mrs. Ford. O woman! if it were not for one triit is such another Nan;-but, I detest, an honest fling respect, I could come to such honor. maid as ever broke bread:-we had an hour's talk

Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the of that wart.-I shall never laugh but in that maid's honor. What is it?-dispense with trifles ;-what company ;-—but, indeed, she is given too much to is it? Callicholly and musing. But for you-well, go to.

Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eter Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day. Hold, there's nal moment or so, I could be knighted. money for thee; let me have thy voice in my behalf:

Mrs. Page. What?-thou liest.--Sir Alice Ford! if thou seest her before me, commend me

-These knights will shack; and so, thou shouldst Quick. Will I! i'faith, that 'I will; and I will not halter the article of thy gentry, tell your worship more of the wart, the next time we

Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:-here, read, have confidence, and of other wooers. Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now.

read; '[giving a letter] perceive how I might be

knighted. *[Mrs. Page reads]—I shall think the

[Exit. Quick. Farewell to your worship.--Truly, an hon difference of men's liking: and yet he would not

worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to make est gentleman; but Anne loves him not, for I know swear, praised women's modesty, and gave such Anne's mind as well as another does.-Out upon't! orderly and well-behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, what have I forgot ?

(Exit. that I would have sworn his disposition would have

gone to the truth of his words; but they do no more

adhere and keep place together, than the hundredth ACT II.

psalm to the tune of “Green Sleeves." What tem

pest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of SCENE I.-Before Page's House.

oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor? How shall I be

revenged on him? I think, the best way were to Enter Mistress Page, with a Letter. entertain him with hope, till the wicked fire of lust Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scaped love-letters in have melted him in his own grease.—Did you ever

hear the like? the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them? Let me see.

[Reads.

Mrs. Page. Letter for letter, but that the name of

Page and Ford differs !—To thy great comfort in “Ask me no reason why I love you; for though this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-brother love use reason for his physician, he admits him of thy letter: but let thine inherit first; for, I pronot for his counsellor. You are not young, no more test, mine never shall. I warrant, he hath a thouam I: go to then, there's sympathy. You are merry, sand of these letters, writ with blank space for differso am I; ha! ha! then, there's more sympathy: ent names, (sure more) and these are of the second you love sack, and so do I; would you desire better edition. He will print them, out of doubt ; for he sympathy? Let it suffice thee, mistress Page, (at cares not what he puts into the press, when he the least, if the love of soldier can suffice) that I would put us two: I had rather be a giantess, and love thee. I will not say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier- lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you like phrase ; but I say, love me. By me,

twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. Thine own true knight,

Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the very By day or night,

hand, the very words. What doth he think of us? Or any kind of light,

Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: it makes me almost With all his might,

ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll enterFor thee to fight.

John Falstaff.” tain myself like one that I am not acquainted withal; What a Herod of Jewry is this !- wicked, wicked, for, sure, unless he know some 6 stain in me, that I world !-one that is well nigh worn to pieces with know not myself, he would never have boarded me age, to show himself a young gallant! What an in this fury. d unweighed behavior hath this Flemish drunkard

* Attempt.-" Will hack," i. e., will become common.# " I trow," i.e., I pray.- Protest - Melancholy – Yeed. "Not alter the article of,” i. e., not add any lustre toless. The English of Elizabeth's days accused the Flemings "We burn daylight," i. e., we waste our time, like those who with having taught them to drink to exceas,

use lamps by day.

Mrs. Kord. Boarding call you it? I'll be sure to comes yonder: she shall be our messenger to this keep him above deck.

paltry knight. Mrs. Page. So will I: if he come under my hatches,

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY. I'll never to sea again. Let's be revenged on him: let's appoint him a meeting; give him a show of Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll fit it. comfort in his suit, and lead him on with a fine

Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter baited delay, till he hath pawned his horses to mine

Anne? Host of the Garter.

Quick. Ay, forsooth; and, I

pray,

how does good Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy mistress Anne? against him, that may not sully the a chariness of our

Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see: we have an honesty. O, that my husband saw this letter! it hour's talk with you. would give eternal food to his jealousy,

[Exeunt Mrs. PAGE, Mrs. FORD, and Mrs. QUICKLY. Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes; and my

Page. How now, master Ford ? good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I am

Ford. You heard what this knave told me, did you

not? from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an unmeasurable distance.

Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told me. Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman.

Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this

Page. Hang 'em, slaves; I do not think the knight greasy knight. Come hither. [They retire. would offer it: but these that accuse him, in his intent

towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded men; Enter FORD, PISTOL, Page, and Nym.

very rogues, now they be out of service. Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so.

Ford. Were they his men ? Pist. Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs ; Page. Marry, were they. Sir John affects thy wife.

Ford. I like it never the better for that.-Does Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young.

he lie at the Garter ? Pist. He woos both high and low, both rich and poor, Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend Both young and old, one with another. Ford, this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her loose He loves the gally-mawfry: Ford, perpend. to him; and what he gets more of her than sharp Ford. Love my wife?

words, let it lie on my head. Pist. With liver burning hot: prevent, or go thou, Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife, but I would be Like sir Actæon he, with Ring-wood at thy heels. loath to turn them together. A man may be too O! odious is the name.

confident: I would have nothing lie on my head. I Ford. What name, sir ?

cannot be thus satisfied. Pist. The horn, I say. Farewell : [night: Page. Look, where my ranting Host of the Garter Take heed; have open eye, for thieves do foot by comes. There is either liquor in his pate, or money Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo birds do in his purse, when he looks so merrily.-How now, Away, sir corporal Nym.

[sing.- mine host! Nym. Believe it, Page; he speaks sense.

Enter Host.2 [Exit Pistol.

Host. How now, bully-rook! thou'rt a gentleman. Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this.

Cavaliero-justice, I say. Nym. And this is true ; [to Page.] I like not the humor of lying. He hath wronged me in some hu

3 Enter SHALLOW. mors: I should have borne the humored letter to Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.-Good even, her, but I have a sword, and it shall bite upon my and twenty, good master Page. Master Page, will necessity. He loves your wife; there's the short you go with us? we have sport in hand. and the long. My name corporal Nym: I speak, Host. Tell him, cavaliero-justice; tell him, bullyand I avouch 'tis true :—my name is Nym, and Fal- rook. staff loves your wife.-Adieu. I love not the humor Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought between sir of bread and cheese. Adieu. [Exit Nym. Hugh, the Welsh priest, and Caius, the French doc

Page. The humor of it, quoth 'a! here's a fellow tor. frights English out of his wits.

Ford. Good mine Host o' the Garter, a word with Ford. I will seek out Falstaff.

you. Page. I never heard such a drawling-affecting Host. What say'st thou, my bully-rook ? rogue.

[ They go aside. Ford. If I do find it, well.

Shal. Will you [to Page] go with us to behold Page. I will not believe such a 'Cataian, though it? My merry host hath had the measuring of their the priest o' the town commended him for a true weapons, and, I think, hath appointed them contrary

places; for, believe me, I hear, the parson is no jestFord. 'Twas a good sensible fellow: well. er. Hark, I will tell you what our sport shall be. Page. How now, Meg !

Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George?-Hark you. guest-cavalier ?

Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank! why art thou Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a pottle melancholy?

of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy.-Get him, my name is Brook; only for a jest. you home, go.

Host. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress and Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast some crotchets in regress; said I well ? and thy name shall be Brook. thy head now.-Will you go, mistress Page ? It is a merry knight.-Will you go on here?

Mrs. Page. Have with you.—You'll come to din Shal. Have with you, mine host. ner, George :-[ Aside to Mrs. FORD.] Look, who Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good

skill in his rapier. ** The chariness of our honesty," i. e., the caution that Shal. Tut, sir! I could have told you more: in should attend on it.-b"A curtail dog," i. e., a dog that misses his game.- Medley.- Consider; reflect. - i. c., a rogue who so affects drawling. Lying sharper.

& Four pints,

man.

these times you stand on distance, your passes, * stoc

Quick. There is one mistress Ford, sir - I pray, cadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, master come a little nearer this ways.--I myself dwell with Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the time, master doctor Caius. with my long sword, I would have made you four Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say, b tall fellows skip like rats.

Quick. Your worship says very true:-—I pray your Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? worship, come a little nearer this ways.

Page. Have with you.—I had rather hear them Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears :-mine own scold than I see them fight.

people, mine own people. [Exeunt Host, Shallow, and PAGE. Quick. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands make them his servants ! so firmly on his wife's ? fidelity, yet I cannot put off Fal. Well: Mistress Ford ;-what of her? my opinion so easily: she was in his company at Quick. Why sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Page's house, and what they made there, I know lord ! your worship's a wanton: well, heaven forgive not. Well, I will look farther into't; and I have a you, and all of us, I pray! disguise to sound Falstaff. If I find her honest, I Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford, lose not my labor; if she be otherwise, 'tis labor well Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of it. bestowed.

[Exit. You have brought her into such a 'canaries, as 'tis

wonderful : the best courtier of them all, when the SCENE II.-A Room in the Garter Inn.

court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her Enter FALSTAFF and PISTOL.

to such a canary; yet there has been knights, and

lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I warrant Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.

you, coach after coach, letter after letter, gift after Pist. Why, then, the world's mine oyster, gift; smelling so sweetly, all musk, and so rushling, Which I with sword will open. 3

I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such kalliFal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you gant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best, should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated and the fairest, that would have won any woman's upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and heart, and, I warrant you, they could never get an your couch-fellow, Nym; or else you had looked eye-wink of her.—I had myself twenty 'angels given through the grate, like a gemini of baboons. I am

me of a morning; but I defy all angels, (in any damned in hell for swearing to gentlemen, my friends, such sort, as they say,) but in the way of honesty:you were good soldiers, and b tall fellows: and when

and, I warrant you, they could never get her so much mistress Bridget lost the handle of her d fan, I took't as sip on a cup with the proudest of them all; and upon mine honor thou hadst it not.

yet there has been earls, nay, which is more, "penPist. Didst thou not share ? hadst thou not fifteen sioners; but, I warrant you, all is one with her, pence?

Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my good Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : think'st thou, she Mercury. I'll endanger my soul gratis ? At a word, hang no Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter, for more about me, I am no gibbet for you :-go. -A the which she thanks you a thousand times; and short knife and a ® throng:-to your manor of 'Pickt- she gives you to notify, that her husband will be abhatch, go.—You'll not bear a letter for me, you sence from his house between ten and eleven, rogue !--you stand upon your honor!—Why, thou Fal. Ten and eleven? unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do, to Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come and keep the terms of my honor precise. I, I, I myself see the picture, she says, that you wot of: master sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the left Ford, her husband, will be from home. Alas! the hand, and hiding mine honor in my necessity, am sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; he's a very fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet you,

jealousy man; she leads a very "frampold life with you rogue, will 6ensconce your rags, your cat-a- him, good heart. mountain looks, your bred-lattice phrases, and your Fal. Ten and eleven.-Woman, commend me to bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honor! her; I will not fail her. You will not do it, you ?

Quick. Why, you say well. But I have another Pist. I do relent: what wouldst thou more of man?

messenger to your worship: mistress Page hath her Enter Robin.

hearty commendations to you too ;—and let me tell Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you.

you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, Fal. Let her approach.

and one (I tell you) that will not miss you morning Enter Mistress QUICKLY.

nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er

be the other: and she bade me tell your worship, Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. that her husband is seldom from home, but she hopes Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.

there will come a time. I never knew a woman so Quick. Not

so, an't please your worship. dote upon a man: surely, I think you have charms, Fal. Good maid, then.

la ; yes, in truth. Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the first

Fal. Not I, I assure thee: setting the attraction hour I was born.

of

f.my good parts aside, I have no other charms. Fal. I do believe the swearer. What with me?

Quick. Blessing on your heart for't! Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or

Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's two?

wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll vouch- they love me? safe thee the hearing.

Quick. That were a jest, indeed !--they have not • Stabs; thrusts. Stout; bold.- Did._d The handle of

so little grace, I hope :--that were a trick, indeed. a fan, in Elizabeth's days, was usually of silver or gold, some.

But mistress Page would desire you to send her times inlaid with jewels. Throng,"i, e., a crowd, in which the "short knife" could be used to cut purses, -" Pickthatch," a part of London noted for brothels.- Protect. Quandary.- Elegant - 1 Gold coins. - m Gentlemen of 1. “Red lattice," i. e., alehouse. Alehouses were distinguished the band of Pensioners. Their dress was remarkably splen. by red lattices.

did. - Know.- Vexatious.

your little page, of all a loves: her husband has a Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the marvellous infection to the little page; and, truly, hearing. master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in Fal. Speak, good master Brook: I shall be glad Windsor leads a better life than she does : do what to be your servant. she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,--I will be bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she brief with you, -and you have been a man long will; and, truly, she deserves it, for if there be a known to me, though I had never so good means, as kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I shall send her your page; no remedy.

discover a thing to you, wherein I must very much Fal. Why, I will.

lay open mine own imperfection ; but, good sir John, Quick. Nay, but do so, then: and, look you, he as you have one eye upon my follies, as you hear may come and go between you both; and, in any them unfolded, turn another into the register of your case, have a bnayword, that you may know one an- own, that I may pass with a reproof the easier, other's mind, and the boy never need to understand ésith you yourself know, how easy it is to be such any thing: for 'tis not good that children should an offender. know any wickedness; old folks, you know, have Fal. Very well, sir; proceed. discretion, as they say, and know the world. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her

Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them both. husband's name is Ford. There's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.-Boy, go Fal. Well, sir. along with this woman.--This news distracts me. Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to you,

[Exeunt Mrs. QUICKLY and Robin. bestowed much on her; followed her with a doting Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers. bobservance; i engrossed opportunities to meet her; Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your " fights: fee'd every slight occasion, that could but niggardly Give fire! She is my prize, or ocean whelm them all! give me sight of her: not only bought many presents

[E.cit Pistol. to give her, but have given largely to many, to know Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll what she would have given. Briefly, I have pursued make more of thy old body than I have done. Will her, as love hath pursued me, which hath been on they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the ex- the wing of all occasions ; but whatsoever I have pense of so much money, be now a gainer? Good merited, either in my mind, or in my means, k meed, body, I thank thee: let them say, 'tis grossly done; I am sure, I have received none, unless experience so it be fairly done, no matter.

be a jewel; that I have purchased at an infinite rate, Enter BARDOLPH.

and that hath taught me to say this: Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below

Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues ; would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with

Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. you; and hath sent your worship a morning's draught

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfaction of sack.

at her hands 1 Fal. Brook, is his name?

Ford. Never. Bard. Ay, sir.

Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? Fal. Call him in; [Exit BARDOLPH.] Such Brooks

Ford. Never. are welcome to me, that o'erflow such liquor. Ah!

Fal. Of what quality was your love then? ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have I encom ground ; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistaking

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's passed you? go to; "via!

the place where I erected it. Re-enter BARDOLPH, with FORD disguised.

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to Ford. Bless you, sir. Fal. And you, sir: would you speak with me? Ford. When I have told you that, I have told you

Ford. I make bold, to press with so little prepa- all. Some say, that though she appear honest to me, ration upon you.

yet in other places she enlargeth her mirth so far, Fal. You're welcome. What's your will ?–Give that there is shrewd construction made of her. Now, us leave, drawer.

[Exit BARDOLPH. sir John, here is the heart of my purpose: you are a Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent much: gentleman of excellent breeding, admirable discourse, iny name is Brook.

of great 'admittance, authentic in your place and Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint- person, generally mallowed for your many war-like, ance of you. Ford. Good Sir John, I gue for yours: not to

court-like, and learned "preparations.

Fal. O, sir! charge you, for I must let you understand, I think Ford. Believe it, for you know it.-- There is myself in better plight for a lender than you are ; the money; spend it, spend it: spend more ; spend all which hath something embolden'd me to this unsea- I have, only give me so much of your time in exsoned intrusion, for, they say, if money go before, change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the honall ways do lie open.

esty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing, win Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. her to consent to you; if any man may, you may as

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here soon as any. troubles me: if you will help to bear it, Sir John, Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of take 1 half, or all, for easing me of the carriage. your affection, that I should win what you would

Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be enjoy? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very your porter.

preposterously.

Ford. O! understand my drift. She dwells so ses“ of all loves," i. e., by all means. - Watchword ; by. curely on the excellency of her honor, that the folly round about the ship, to hinder the men from being seen by of my suit dares not present itself: she is too bright the enemy in the combat. - It was a custom in taverns, in to be looked against. Now, could I come to her Shakespeare's time to send presents of wine from one room to another, either as a memorial of friendship, or by way of & Since. Attention ; heed. Seized. - Reward. Of Introduction to acquaintance.-?" Via !" i. e., forward i go great admittance," i. e., admitted into all, or the greatest

company - Approved. Accomplishments.

me ?

on!

come.

none.

with any detection in my hand, my desires had in

SCENE III.-Windsor Park. stance and argument to commend themselves I

Enter Caius and RUGBY. could drive her, then, from the award of her purity, her reputation, her marriage vow, and a thousand Caius. Jack Rugby! other her defences, which now are too too strongly

Rug. Sir, embattled against me. What say you to't, sir Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack? John ?

Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh promFal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with ised to meet. your money; next, give me your hand; and last, as Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy Ford's come: he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no come. wife.

By gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if he be Ford. O good sir ! Fal. I say you shall.

Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew your worship Ford. Want no money, sir John; you shall want would kill him, if he came.

Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook; you kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; I vill tell you shall want none. I shall be with her (I may tell how I vill kill him. you) by her own appointment; even as you came in Rug. Alas, sir! I cannot fence. '[Runs back afraid. to me, her assistant, or go-between, parted from me: Caius. Villainy, take your rapier. I say, I shall be with her between ten and eleven; Rug. Forbear; Here's company. for at that time the jealous rascally knave, her husband, will be forth. Come you to me at night ; you

Enter Host, SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Page, shall know how I speed.

Host. Bless thee, bully doctor. Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you

Shal. Save you, master doctor Caius. know Ford, sir ?

Page. Now, good master doctor. Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know

Slen. Give you good-morrow, sir. him not.--Yet I wrong him to call him poor: they

Caius. Vat be all you, one, two, tree, four, come for? say, the jealous bwittolly knave hath masses of

Host. To see thee fight, to see thee 'foin, to see money, for the which his wife seems to me well- thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; to favored. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly distance, thy 6 montant. Is he dead, my Ethiopian?

see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse, thy rogue's coffer, and there's my harvest-home.

Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir, that you might is he dead, my Francisco? ha, bully! What says avoid him, if you saw him.

my Æsculapius? my Galen? my heart of helder? ha! Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! I is he dead, bully-stale ? is he dead? will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him with

Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest of the my cudgel: it shall hang like a meteor o'er the vorld; he is not show his face. cuckold's horns : master Brook, thou shalt know I

Host. Thou art a Castalian i king-Urinal : Hector will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt lie of Greece, my boy. with his wife.-Come to me soon at night.--Ford's

Caius. I pray you, bear vitness that me have a knave, and I will aggravate his style ; thou, mas- stay six or seven, two, tree hours for him, and he is ter Brook, shalt know him for a knave and cuckold. no come. -Come to me soon at night.

[Exit.

Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he is Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is this!- a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; if you My heart is ready to crack

with impatience.-Who should fight, you go against the khair of your professays, this is improvident jealousy? my wife hath sent sions. Is it not true, master Page ? to him, the hour is fixed, the match is made. Would

Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been a any man have thought this ?-See the hell of having great fighter, though now a man of peace. a false woman! my bed shall be abused, my coffers

Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now be ransacked, my reputation gnawn at; and I shall not old, and of the peace, if I see a sword out, my finger only receive this villainous wrong, but stand under itches to make one. Though we are justices, and the adoption of abominable terms, and by him that doctors, and churchmen, master Page, we have some does me this wrong. Terms ! names ! -Amaimon salt of our youth in us; we are the sons of women, sounds well; Lucifer, well; Barbason, well; yet

master Page. they are devils' additions, the names of fiends : but

Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow. cuckold! dwittol cuckold! the devil himself hath

Shal. It will be found so, master Page.--Master not such a name. Page is an ass, a secure ass; he doctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home. I am will trust his wife, he will not be jealous : I will sworn of the peace : you have showed yourself a wise rather trust a Fleming with my butter, parson Hugh physician, and sir Hugh hath shown himself a wise the Welshman with my cheese, an Irishman with my and patient churchman. You must go with me, @aqua-vitæ bottle, or a thief to walk my ambling

master doctor. gelding, than my wife with herself: then she plots,

Host. Pardon, guest-justice.-A word, Monsieur then she ruminates, then she devises; and what they

Mock-water. think in their hearts they may effect, they will break

Caius. Mock-vater! vat is dat? their hearts but they will effect. Heaven be praised

Host. Mock-water, in our English tongue, is valor, for my jealousy !-Eleven o'clock the hour: I will bully. prevent this, detect my wife, be revenged on Falstaff,

Caius. By gar, then, I have as much mock-vater and laugh at Page. I will about it; better three hours too soon, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! hence the joke.-Bully-stale” and “ king-Urinal” are epi;

? Thrust.- Terms in fencing.- Elder has a heart of pith ; cuckold! cuckold! cuckold !

[Exit. thets alluding to the empirical water-doctors. Castalian"

was used as a term of reproach after the defeat of the Spanish

armada. The Host avails himself of the Doctor's ignorance * Guard. - Cuckoldly. "I will aggravate his style," i. e., of English to cover him with ridicule. * " Against the hair," I will add to his titles. "Wittol cuckold" is n tame, con i. e., against the grain. -1 * To make one," i. e., to make one tented cuckold, knowing himself to be one.Usquebaugh. of the combatants.

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