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l'age. I think you know him ; master doctor Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy ; now Cains, the renowned French physician.

I see, you'll be a courtier. Eva. Got's will, and his passion of my heart !

Enter FORD. I had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge.

Ford. Well met, mistress Page : Wbither go Page. Why?

Eva. He bas no more knowledge in Hibo. Mrs. Page. Truly, Sir, to see your wife : 1s crates and Galen,-and he is a knave besides ; a she at home ? cowardly knave, as you would desires to be ac- Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang to. quainted withal.

gerber, for want of company : I think, if your Page. I warrant you, he's the man should fight busbands were dead, you two would inarry. with him.

Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,-two other husSlen. () sweet Aune Page !

bands. Shal. It appears so, by his weapons :-Keep Ford. Where bad you this pretty weatherthem asunder ;-here comes doctor Caius.

cock ?

Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what the dickens Enter Host, CAIUS, and RUGBY. bis name is my husband had him of: what do Page. Nay, good master parsei, keep in your you cail your kniglit's name, sirrab ? weapoll.

Rob. Sir John Falstatt. Shal. So do yon, good master doctor.

Ford, Sir John Falstaff ! Host. Disarui them, and let them question ; Mrs. Page. He, he; I can never bit on's let them keep their links whole, and back our name. There is such a leaglle between my English.

good mau and he !-Is your wife at home, inCaius. I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit deed ? your ear : Verefore vill you not ineet-a me? Ford. Indeed, she is.

Eva. Pray you, use your patience: In good Mrs. Page. By your leave, Sir ;-! am sick, time.

till I see her. Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack

(Ereunt Mrs. PAGE, and ROBIN, dog, John ape.

Ford. Has Page any brains ? hath be auy Eva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs syes ? hath be any thinking? Sure, they sleep : to other men's humours : 1 desire you in friend he hath no use of them. Why, this boy will ship, and I will one way or other make you carıy a letter twenty miles, as easy as a can. amends ;-) will knog your urinals about your mon will shoot point-blank' twelve score. He knave's coyscomb, for missing your meetings and pieces-out his wife's inclination ; he gives ber appointments.

folly motion, and advantave : and now she's Caius. Diable !- Jack Rugby,-mine Host going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy witb ber. de Jarterre, have | not stay for him, to kill A man may hear this shower sing in the wind ! bim ? have I not, at de place I did appoint ? and Falstall's boy with her !--Good plots !

Eva. As I ain a Christians soul, now, look they are laid ; and our revolted wives share you, this is the place appointed; I'll be judg. damnation together. Well; I will take him, ment by mine Host of the Garter.

then torture my wife, pluck the horrowed veil Host. Peace, I say, Guallia and Gaul, French of modesty from the so seemingt mistress Page, and Welsh ; soul-curer and body-curer.

divulge Page himself for a secure and wilful Caius. Ay, dat is very good ! excellent ! Acteon; and to these violent proceedings all

Host. Peace, say ; hear mine bost of the my neighbours shall cry aim. + (Clock strikes.] Garter. Am I politic? am I subtle ? am I a The clock gives me my cue, and my assurance Machiavel ? Shall I lose my doctor ? no; be bids me search; there I shall find Falstaff : 1 gives me the potions, and the motions. Shall shall be rather praised for this, than mocked ; I lose my parson? my priest? my Sir Hugh ? for it is as positive as the earth is firm, that no; he gives me the proverbs and the noverbs. Falstati' is there : I will go. -Give me thy hand, terrestrial; 80:-Give me thy hand, celestial; 80.----Boys of art, I have Enter Page, SHALLOW, SLENDER, Host, Sir deceived you both ; I have directed you to wrong

HUGH EVANS, CAIUS, and Rugby. places : your hearts are nighty, your skins are Shal. Page, &c. Well inet, master Ford. wbole, and let bornt sack be the issue. Come, lay Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good their swords to pawn :-Follow me, lad of peace ; cheer at bome; and, I pray you, all go with me. follow, follow, follow.

Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford. Shal. Trust me, a mad host :- Follow, gentle. Slen. And so must I, Sir; we have appointed men, follow.

to dine with mistress Anne, and I would not Slen. O sweet Anne Page !

break witb ber for more money than I'll speak (Ereunt SHAL. SLEN. PAGE, and Host. of. Caius. Ha ! do I perceive dat? have you make Shal. We bave lingered about a match bea de soto of us? ba, ha !

tween Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and Eva. This is weil; he has made us his vlont. this day we shall have our answer. ing-stog. +- desire you, that we may be friends ; Slen. I hope I have your goud will, father and let us knog our prains together, to be re- Page. venge on this saine scall, scurvy, cogging com. Page. You bave, master Slender; I stand panion, the host of the Garter.

wholly for you :-but my wise, master doctor, is Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise for you altogether. to bring me vere is Anne Page : by gar, he de. Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a ceive ine too.

me ; my nursh-a Quickly tell me so musli. Eva. Well, I will smite bis noddles :- Pray Host. What say you to young master Fenyou, follow.

[Exeunt. ton ? he capers, be dances, he has eyes of youth,

he writes verses, he speaks holyday, 1 he smells SCENE II.-The Street in Windsor. April and May: he will carry'l, he will carry't ;

'lis in his buttons ; he will carry't. Enter Mistress PAGE and Robix.

Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gal. The gentleman is of no having : 9 he kept comJant ; you were wont to be a follower, but now pany with the wild Prince and Poins; be is of you are a leader : Whether had you rather, lead too high a region, he knows too much. No, be mine eyes, or eye your inaster's beels?

shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you like tinger of my substance : if he take her, let hits a man, than follow him like a dwarf.

• Specious.

+ Shall encourage. • Teol. † Flouting-stock. : Out of the common style.

Nolrich.

in me.

take her simply : the wealth I have waits on my wish: I would thy husband were dead: I'N consent, and my consent goes not that way. speak it before the best lord, I would make thee

Ford. I beseech you, heartily, soine of you my lady. go home with me to dinner : besides your cheer, Mrs. Ford. I your lady, Sir Jobo ! alas, I you shall have sport; I will show you a mon should be a pitiful lady. ster.---Master doctor, you shali go ;--so shall Fal. Let the court of France show me such you, master Page ;-and you, Sir Hugh.

another; I see how thine eye would einulate Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have the the diamond : Thou hast the right arched bent freer wooing at master Page's.

of the brow, that becomes the ship-tire, the tire(Exeunt SHALLOW and SLENDER. valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance. Caius. Go home, John Rugby ; I come anon. Mrs. Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John : my

(Erit Rugby. brows become noihing else ; nor that well nei. Host, Farewell, my hearts : I will to my honest ther. kpigbt Falstaff, and drink canary with him. Fal. Thou art a traitor to say so: thou

[Exit Host. would'st make an absolute courtier; and the Ford. (A side.) I think, I shall drink in pipe firin fixture of thy foot would give an excellent wine first with him ; I'll inake hiin dance. Will motion to thy gait, in a semi-circled fartbingale. you go, gentles?

I see what thou wert, if fortune thy foe were not ; All. Have with you, to see this monster. mature is thy friend : Come, thou canst not

(Exeunt. bide it.

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing SCENE III.- A Room in Ford's House.

Ful. What made me love thee? let that per. Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. PAGE.

suade thee, there's sometbing extraordinary in Mrs. Ford. Wbat, John ! what, Robert ! thee. Come, I cannot cog, and say thou art

Mrs. Page. Quickly, quickly : Is the buck this and that, like a many of these lisping haw. basket

thoru buds, that come like women in men's apMrs. Ford. I warrant :--What, Robiu, I say. parel, and smell like Bucklers-bury + in simple.

time ; I cannot : but I love thee ; none but thee; Enter Servants with a basket.

aud thou deservest it. Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.

Mrs. Ford. Do not betray me, Sir ; I fear you Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down.

love mistress Paye. Mrs. Page. Give your men the charge ; we Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk must be brief.

by the Counter +-gate ; which is as bateful to me Mrs. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John, as the reek of a lime-kiln. and Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew- Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows how I love house; and when I suddenly call you, come you ; and you shall one day find it. forth, and (without any pause or staggering,) Fal. Keep in that mind; I'll deserve it. take this basket on your shoulders : ibat done, Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do ; trudge with it in all baste, and carry it among or else I could not be in that mind. the whitsters * in Datchet mead, and there empty Rob. (Within.) Mistress Ford, mistress Purd ! it in the muddy ditch, close by the Tbaines' here's mistress Page at the door, sweating, and side.

blowing, and looking wildly, and wouln laeeds Mrs. Page. You will do it?

speak with you presently. Mrs. Ford. I bave told them over and over; Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconce i they lack no direction : Be gone, and come when me behind the arras. ☺ you are called,

Ereunt SERVANTS, Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do 80 ; she's a very tatMrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

tling woman.- (FAL.STAFF hides aimself. Enter Robin.

Enter Mistress Page and ROBIN. Mrs. Ford. How now, my eyas-masket ? + What's tbe matter ? how now? what news with you?

Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you Rob. My master Sir Johp is come in at your done ? You're shamed, you are overtbrown, you back-door, mistress Ford ; aud requests your are undone for ever. company.

Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent, I have you Page ? been true to us!

Mrs. Page. O well-a-day, mistress Ford ! Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn : My master knows having an honest man to your husband, to give not of your being bere ; and bath threatened to bim such cause of suspicion ! put me into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion ? it; for, he swears, he'll turn me away.

Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion ?-Out Mrs. Page. Thou’rt a good boy; this secrecy upon you ! bow am I mistook in you? of thine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make Mrs. Ford, Why, alas ! what's the matters thee a new doublet and hose.-I'll go hide me. Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming bither,

Mrs. Ford. Do so :-Go tell thy master, I am woman, with all the officers in Windsor to search alone. Mistress Page, reinember you your cue. for a gentleman, that, be says, is here now in

(Erit Robin. the house, by your consent, to take an ill advan. Mrs. Page. I warrant thee ;if I do not act it, tage of bis absence : You are undone. biss me.

(Eril Mrs. Page. Mrs. Ford. Speak louder.-[Aside. )-'Tis not Mrs. Ford. Go to then ; we'll use this un. so, I hope. wholesome bumidity, this gross wat'ry pum- Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that pion ;-we'll teach him to know turtles from you have such a man here; but 'tis most cer. jays.

tain your husband's coming with half Windsor

at his heels, to search for such a one. I come Enter FALSTAFF.

before to tell you: If you know yourself clear, Fal. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel? why I am glad of it: but if you have a friend Why, now let me die, for I have lived long bere, convey, convey him out. Be not amazed ; enough; this is the period of my ambition : 0 call all your senses to you ; defend your rep. this blessed hour !

tation, or bid farewell to your good life for Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John !

Fal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot Mrs. Ford, What shall I do ?- There is a geuprate, mistress Ford. Now shall I sin in my

• Venetian fashions. • Bleachers of linen. + A young small hawk.

+ Formerly chiefly inhabited by druggists. 1 A vuppet thrown at in Le,tike e-cocks. * Prison.

Hide.

Tapestry,

ever.

me

tleman, my dear friend; and I fear not mine special suspicion of Falstaff's being bere ; for I own shame, so much as his peril: I had rather never saw bin so gross in his jealousy till now, than a thousand pound, he were out of the Mrs. Page. I will lay a plot to try that : And house.

we will yet have more tricks with Falstaff : Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand you had his dissolute disease will scarce obey this merather, and you had rather ; your husband's dicine, there at hand, bethink you of some conveyance :

Mrs. Ford. Shail we send that foolish carin the house you cannot hide him.--Oh! how rion, mistress Quiekly, to him, and excuse his have you do

eived me!-Look, here is a basket ; throwing into the water; and give him anoif he be of any reasonable stature, he may creep ther hope to betray bim to another punishment ? in bere ; and throw foul linen upon bin, as if Mrs. Puge. We'll do it; let him be sent for it were going to bucking ; Or, it is whiting. to-morrow eight o'clock, to have amends. time, send him by your two men to Datchet mead.

Re-enter Ford, PAGE, Caics, and Sir Hugh

EVANS Mrs. Ford. He's too big to go in there : What shall I do?

Ford. I cannot find him: may be the knave

bragged of that he could not compass. Re-enter FALSTAFF.

Mrs. Page. Heard you that I Fal. Let me see't, let me see't! Olet me Mrs. Ford. Ay, ay, peace :-You use see't! i'll in, I'll in ;-follow your friend's coun- well, master Ford, do you ? sel ;-ill in.

Ford. Ay, I do so. Mrs. Page. What! Sir John Falstaff! Are Mrs. Ford. Heaven make you better than these your letters, knight?

your thoughts ? Fal. I love thee, and none but thee; help me Ford. Amen. away : let me creep in bere ; l'll never

Mrs. Page. You do yourself mighty wrong, (He goes into the basket; they cover him master Ford. with foul linen.

Ford. Ay, ay; I must bear it. Mrs. Page. Help to cover your master, boy: Eva. If there be any pody in the house, and Call your men, mistress Ford :-You dissembling in the chambers, and in the coffers, and in the knight!

presses, heaven forgive my sins at the day of Mrs. Ford. What, Join, Robert, John ![Erit judgment ! Robin ; Re-enter SERVANTS.) Go, take up these Caius. By gar, por I too; dere is no bodies. clothes here, quickly : Where's the cowl-staff ?! Page. Fie, tie, master Ford I are you not Jook, how you drumble : carry them to the ashamed ? What spirit, what devil suggests lanndress in Datchet mead; quickly, come. this imagination? I would not have your dis

temper in this kind, for the wealth of Windsor Enter FORD, PAGE, CAIUS, and Sir Hugu

Castle.
EVANS.

Ford. 'Tis my fault, master Page : I suffer Ford. Pray you, come near : if I suspect with for it. out cause, why then make sport at me, then let Eva. You suffer for a pad conscience : your me be your jest; I deserve it.—How now? wife is as honest a 'omans, as I will desires whither bear you this ?

among live thousand, and five hundred too. Serv. To the laundress, forsooth.

Caius. By gar, I see 'tis an honest woman. Mrs. Ford. Why, what have you to do whither Ford. Well ;-I promised you a dinner :they bear it? You were best meddle with buck Come, come, walk in the park; I pray youi, washing.

pardon me; I will bereafter make known to you, Ford. Buck? I would I could wash myself or why I have done this, --Come, wife ;-come, the buck! Buck, buck, buck? Ay, buck; I war. mistress Page; I pray you pardon me; pray rant you, buck; and of the season too, it sball heartily, pardon me. appear.[Freuni Servants with the basket.]Gen- Page. Let's go in, gentlemen ; but, trust me, tlemen, I have dreamed to night; I'll tell you we'll mock him. I do invite you to-morrow ny dream.

Here, here, here be my keys : morning to my house to breakfast ; after, we'H ascend my chambers, search, seek, find out : l'll a birding together; I have a fine hawk for the warrant, we'll unkennel the fox :- Let me stop bush : Shall it be so this way first :-So, now uncape. $

Pord. Any thing. Page. Good master Ford, be contented : you Evo. If there is one, I sball make two in the wrong yourseif too much.

company. Ford. True, master Page.-Up, gentlemen ; Caius. If there be one or two, I sball make a you shall see sport anon : follow me, gentlemen. de turd.

[Eut. Eva. In your teeth : for shame. Eva. This is fery fantastical humours, and Ford. Pray you go, master Page. jealousies.

Eva. I pray you now, remembrance to-morrow Caius. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France : on the lousy knave, mine host. It is not jealous in France.

Caius. Dat is good ; by gar, vit all my heart. Page. Nay, follow him, gentlemen ; see the Era. A lousy knave; to have his gibes, and issue of his search.

his mockeries.

(Ereunt. (Exeunt Evans, Page, and Caius. Mrs. Page. Is there not a double excellency SCENE IV.-A Room in Page's House, in this ? Mrs. Ford. I know not which pleases me

Enter FENTON, and Mistress ANNE PAGE. better, that my husband is deceived or Sir Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love ; John.

Therefore, no more tarn ine to him, sweet Nan. Mrs. Page. What a taking was he in, when Anne. Alas! how tben? your husband asked who was in the basket ? Fent. Why, thou must be thyself.

Mrs. Ford. I am half afraid be will have need He doth object, I am too great of birth ; of washing ; so throwing bim into the water will And that, my state being gallid with my ex. do him a benefit.

pense, Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest rascal; ! ! seek to heal it only by his wealth : would all of the same strain were in the same Besides these, other bars he lays before me,-distress.

My riots past my wild societies ; Mrs. Ford. I think my husband hath some and tells me 'tis a thing impossible

I shoula love thee, but as a property. • Bleaching time.

Anne. May be, he tells you true. + A staff for carrying a large tub or basket.

funt. No, heaven so speed me in my time to I Drove Unbag the fox.

i What.

cornel

in ;

Alheit, I will confess thy father's wealth

Come, master Shallow : come, sou Slender, in :Was th- first motive that I woo'd thee, Anne : Knowing my mind, you wrong me, taster Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value

Fentou. Tban stamps in gold, or sumns in sealed bags;

(Exeunt Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER And 'tis the very riches of thyself

Quick. Speak to inisiress Page. That now I aim at.

Fent. Good mistress Page, for that I love your Anne. Gentle, master Fenton,

daughter Yet seek my father's love : still seek it, Sir : In such a righteous fashion as I do, If opportunity and humble suit

Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manCannot attain it, why then.-Hark you hither.

ners,
(They converse apart I must advance the colours of my love,

And not retire : Let me bave your good will. Enter SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Mrs. Anne. Good mother do not marry me to QUICKLY.

yond' fool. Shal. Break their talk, mistress Quickly; my Mrs. Page. I mean it not ; I seek you a better kinsman shall speak for himself.

husband. Slen. I'll make a shaft or a bolt on't : slid, Quick. That's my master, master doctor. 'tis but venturing.

Anne. Alas, I bad rather be set quick i' the Shal. Be uot dismay'd.

earth, Slen. No, she shall not dismay me : I care And bowl'd to death with turnips. not for that,-but that I am afeard.

Mrs. Page. Come, trouble not yourself : Gooa Quick. Hark ye ; master Slender would speak

master Fenton, a word with you.

I will not be your friend, nor enemy : Anne. I come to him.-This is my father's My daughter will I question how she loves you, choice.

And as I her, so am I affected ; O what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults

'Til then, farewell, Sir:-She must needs go Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!

(Aside. Her father will be angry. Quick. And how does good master Fenton ?

[Ereunt Mistress Page and ANNE. Pray you, a word with you.

Fent. Farewell, gentle mistress ; farewell, Shiil. She's coming ; to her, coz.

O boy, thou

Nan. hadst a fatber!

Quick. This is my doing, now ;-Nay, said Slen. I had a father, mistress Anne ;-my 1, will you cast away your child on a fool, and a uncle can tell you good jests of him :-Pray physician ? Look ou master Fenton :—this is my you, uncle, tell mistress Anne the jest, how doing. my father stole two geese out of a pen, good Fent. I thank thee ; and I pray thee, once uncle,

to-night Shal. Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you. Give my sweet Nan this ring : There's for thy Slen. Ay, that I do; as well as I love any

pains.

(Exit. woman in Gloucestershire.

Quick. Now heaven send thee good fortune ! Shul. He will maintain you like a gentle- A kind heart he hath : a woman would run weman.

through fire and water for such a kind heart. Slen. Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tail, But yet, I would my master bad mistress Anne ; under the degree of a 'squire.

or I would master Slender had her ; or,

in Shal. He will make you a hundred and fifty sooth, I would master Fenton bad her: I will pounds jointure.

do what I can for them all three ; for so I have Anne. Good master Shallow, let him woo for promised, and Pll be as good as my word ; but himself.

speciously * for master Feuton. Well, I inust of Shal. Marry, I thank you for it; I thank you another errand to Sir John Falstaff from my two for that good comfort. She calls you, coz : I'll mistresses ; What a beast am I to slack + it?

[Exit. Anne. Now, master Slender. Slen. Now, good mistress Anne.

SCENE V.-Å Room in the Garter Inn. Anne. Wbat is your will ?

Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH. Slen. My will ? od's heartlings, that's a pretty jest, indeed! I ne'er made my will yet, I thank

Fal. Bardolph, I say, beaven ; I am not sucb a sickly creature, I give Bard. Here, Sir. beaven praise.

Ful. Go fetch me a quart of sack ; put a toast Anne. I mean, master Slender, wbat would in't. (Erit Barv.) Have I lived to be carried you with me?

in a basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal ; Slen. Truly, for mine own part, I would little and to be thrown into the Thames? Well; if or nothing with you : Your father, and my uncle, i l be served such another trick, I'll have ny bave made motions : if it be my luck, so : if not,

brains ta'en out and butter'd, and give them to happy man be his dole! 1 They can tell you how a dog for a new year's gilt. The rogues slighted things go, better than I can : You may ask your me into the river with as little remorse as they father ; here he comes.

would bave drowned a bitcb's blind puppies,

fifteen i' the litter; and you may know by my Enter PAGE and Mistress PAGE.

size, that I bave a kind of alacrity in sinking ; Page. Now, master Slender :-Love bim, if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should daughter Anne.

down. I had been drowned, but that the shore Wby, how now! wbat does master Fenton was shelvy and shallow ; a death that I abhor ; for here?

the water swells a man ; and what a thing should You wrong me, Sir, thus still to haunt my I have been, when I had been swelled! I should house :

have been a mountain of mamny. I told you, Sir, my daughter is dispos'd of. Font. Nay, master Page, be not impatient

Re-enter BARDOLPA, with the wine. Mrs. Page. Good master Fenton, come pot

Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, Şir, to speak to my child.

with you. Page. She is no match for you.

Fal. Come let me pour in some sack to the Fent. Sir, will you hear me?

Thames water ; for my belly's as cold, as il Puge. No, good master Fenton.

bad swallowed snow balls for pills to cool the

reins. Call her in. • A proverb--- shaft was a long arrow, and a bolt, a

Bard. Come in, woman.
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Come, poor or rich.

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Enter Mrs. QUICKLY.

searched it ; but Fate, ordaining he should be a Quick. By your leave; I cry you mercy : Give cuckold, held bis band. Well; on went be for your worship good-morrow.

a search, and away went I for foul clothes. Bu. Fal. Take away these chalices : Go brew me mark the sequel, master Brook: I suffered the a pottle of sack finely.

paugs of three several deaths : first, an intoleraBard. With eggs, Sir ?

ble fright, to be detected with a jealons rotten Fal. Simple of itsell; I'll no pullet-sperm in bell-wether: Next, to be compassed like a good my brewage.- Erit Barv.)--How now? bilbo,* in the circumference of a peck, hilt to

Quick. Marry, Sir, I come to your worship point, beel to bead: and then, to be stopped in, from mistress Ford.

like a strong distillation, with stinking clothes Fal. Mistress Ford! I have had ford enough : tbat fretted in their own grease : think of that, I was thrown into the ford : I have my belly full-a man of iny kluney,--think of that; that an of ford.

as subject to heat as butter ; a man of continual Quick. Alas the day ! good heart, that was dissolution and thaw ; it was a miracle to 'scape not her fault: she does so take on with her suffocation, And in the beight of this bath, when men : they mistook their erection.

I was more than half stewed in grease, like a Fal. So did I mine, to build upon a foolish Dutch disti, to be thrown into the Tbames, and woman's promise.

cooled, glowing bot, in thai surge, like a borseQuick. Well, she laients, Sir, for it, that it shoe ; think of that ;-hissing hot, -think of that, would yearn your heart to see it. Her busband master Brouk. goes this morning a birding; she desires you Ford. In good sadness, + Sir, I am sorry once more to come to her between eight and that for my sake you bave suffered all this. My vine: I must carry her word quickly : she'll suit then is desperate ; you'll undertake her no make you amends, I warrant you.

more. Fal. Well, I will visit her: Tell ber so ; and Fal. Master Brook, I will be thrown into bid her think, what a man is : let her consider Ætna, as I bave been into Thames, ere I will his frailty, and then judge of my merit.

leave her thus. Her husband is this morning Quick. I will tell lier.

gone a birding : I have received from her another Fal. Do so. Between nine and ten, say'st embassy of meeting ; 'twixt eight and niue is thou ?

the hour, master Brook. Quick. Eight and vine, Sir.

Ford. 'Tis past eiglit already, Sir.
Fal, Well, be gone : I will not miss her. Fal. Is it I will then address t me to my
Quick. Peace be with you, Sir! (Erit. ! appointment. Come to ine at your convenient

Fal. I marvel, I hear not of master Brook; leisure, and you shall know how I speed; and be sent me word to stay within ; I like his the conclusion shall be crowned with your en money well. O bere he comes.

joying her ; Adieu. You shall have her, master

Brook; master Brook, you sball cuckold Ford.
Enter FORD.

(Exit. Ford. Bless you, Sir !

Ford. Hum! ba! is this a vision ? is ibis a Fal. Now, master Brook ? you come to know dream? do I sleep? Master Ford, awake; awake, what hath passed between me and Ford's wife ? inaster Ford ; there's a hole made in your best

Ford. That, indeed, Sir John, is my business. coat, master Ford. This 'tis to be married ! this Ful. Master Brook, I will not lie to you ; 1'lis to have liven, and buck-baskets !--Well, I was at her house the hour she appointed me. will proclain myself what I am : I will now Ford. And how speed you, Sır ?

take the lecher; he is at my house : he cannot Fal. Very ill-favouredly, master Brook. 'scape me ; 'lis impossible he should ; be cau

Ford. How 80, Sir ? Did she change her de not creep into a halfpenny purse, nor into a termination ?

pepper-box : but, lest the devil that guides bim Ful. No, master Brook; but the peaking should aid hin, i will search impossible places. cornuto, her husband, master Brook, dwelling in Though what I am I cannot avoid, yet to be a continual 'larum of jealousy, cornes me in the wbat I would not, shall not make me tame : ustant of our encounter, after we bad embraced, if I have horns to make one mad, let the pro. kissed, protested, and, as it were, spoke the pro- verb go with me, I'll be born mad. (Exit. logue of our comedy and at his heels a rabble of bis companions, thither provoked and instigated by bis distemper, and, forsooth, to search his house for his wife's love.

ACT IV.
Ford. What, while you were there?

SCENE 1.The Street.
Fal. While I was there.
Ford. And did be search for you, and could

Enter Mrs. PAGR, Mrs. QUICKLY, and pot find you ?

WILLIAM. Fal. You shall hear. As good luck would have it, comes in one mistress Page ;, gives think'st thont.

Mrs. Page. Is he at master Ford's already intelligence of Ford's approach ; and, by ber invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they sently: but truly, he is very courageons é mad;

Quick. Sure, he is by this; or will be pre. conveyed me into a buck-basket. Ford. A buck-basket !

about his throwing into the water. Mistress Ford Fal. By the Lord, a buck-basket: rammed me

desires you to come suddenly. in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockbut bring my young man here to school : Look,

Mrs. Page. I'll be with her by and by; I'd
ings, and greasy narkins ; that, master Brook, where bis master comes; 'tis a playing day, I
there was the rankest compound of villanous
smell, that ever offended nostril.
Ford. And how long lay you there?

Enter Sir HUGH EVANS.
Fal. Nay, you shall bear master Brook, what How now, Sir Hugh ? no school to-day?
I have suffered to bring this woman to evil for
your good.
Being thus crammed in the basket, to play.

Era. No ; master Slender is let the boys leave
a couple of Ford's knaves, his hinds, were called
forth by their mistress, to carry me in the name

Quick. Blessing of his heart! of foul clothes to Datchet-lane : they took me on

Mrs. Page. Sir Hugh, my husband says, my their shoulders ; met the jealous kvave their son profits nothing in the world at his book : 1 master in the door ; who asked them once or pray you, ask him some questions in his accitwice what they had in their basket : I quaked

dence. for fear lest the lunatic kpave would bave

• Bilboa, where the best blades are made.
+ Seriousness.

Make myself ready.
Outrageous.

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• Cups.

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