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Eva. Come bither, William ; hold op your plement, and ceremony of it. But are you sure bead ; come.

of your busband now ? Mrs. Page. Come on, sirrah ; hold up your Márs. Ford. He's a birding, sweet Sir Jobn. head; answer your master, be not afraid.

Mrs. Page. [Within.) What hoa, gossip Eva. William, bow many numbers is in Ford! what hoa ! nouns?

Mrs. Ford. Step into the chamber, Sir John. Will. 'Two.

[E.uit FALSTAFF. Quick. Truly, I thought there had heen one number more ; because they say, od's nouns.

Enter Mrs. Page. Bra. Peace your tattlings. What is fair, Mrs. Page. How now, sweetheart? who's at William

home beside yourself! Will. Pulcher.

Mrs. Ford. Why, none but mine own people. Quick. Poulcats ! there are fairer things than Mrs. Page. Indeed ? poulcats, sure.

Mrs. Ford. No, certainly ;-speak louder. Eva. You are a very simplicity 'oman ; I pray

(Aside. you, peace. What is lapis, William ?

Mrs. Page. Truly, I am so glad you bave noWill. A stone.

body bere. Era. And what is a stove, William

Mrs. Ford. Why? Will. A pebble.

Mrs. Page. Why, woman, your husband is Era. No, it is lapis ; I pray you reinember in his old lunes * again · he so takes on yonder in your prain.

with my husband ; so rails against all married it ill. Lapis.

maukiud ; so curses all Eve's daughters, of what Eva. That is good, William. What is he, complexion soever ; and so buffets himself on William, that does lend articles ?

the forehead, crying, Peer out, peer out! + that Will. Articles are borrowed of the pronoun; any madness I ever yet beheld seemed but taineand be thus declined, Singulariter, nominativo, ness, civility, and patience, to this his distemper be hic, hac, hoc.

is in now: I am glad the fat knight is not here. Era. Nominatiro, hig, hag, hog: pray you, Mrs. Fordt. Why, does he talk of bim mark: genitivo, hujus : Well, what is your ac. Mrs. Puge. Of bone but him; and swears, Cuative case ?

be was carried out, the last time he searched Will. Accusativo, hinc.

for bim, in a basket: protests to my husband, Era. I pray you, have your remembrance, is is now bere ; and bath drawn bim and the child ; Accusatiro, hing, hang, hog.

rest of their company from their sport, to make Quick. Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I war- another experiment of his suspicion : but I am rant you.

giad the knight is not here ; now be shall see his Era. Leave you prabbles, 'oman. Wbat is the own foolery. focative case, William ?

Alrs, Ford. How near is he, mistress Page ? Will. 0-l'orativo, 0.

Mrs. Page. Hard by; at street end; be will Eva. Remeinber, William ; focative is, caret. be here auon. Quick. And that's a good root.

Mrs. Ford. I am undone !-the knight is tuu. 'Oman, forbear.

here. Mrs. Page. Peace.

Mrs. Page. Why, then you are utterly shamed, Eva. What is your genitive case plural, Wild and he's but a dead man. What a woman are liam ?

you ?-Away with him, away with him ; better Will. Genitive case ?

shame than murder. Era, Ay.

Mrs. Ford. Which way sbould he go? how Will. Genitive,-horum, haram, horum.

should I bestow him? Shall I put him into the Quick. 'Vengeance of Jenny's case! fie on basket again? ber! never name her child, if she be a whore. Era. For shame 'oman.

Re-enter FALSTAFF. Quick. You do ill to teach the child such Fal. No, I'll come no more i’ the basket : words: he teaches bim to hick and to hack, May I not go out, ere he come? which they'li do last enough of tht mselves; and Mrs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's to call horum :-tienpon you!

brothers watch the door with pistols, that livlie Eva. 'Oman, art thou lunatics? bast ibon no shall issue out; otherwise you might slip away uuderstandings for thy cases, and the numbers ere he came. But wbat make you here? of the genders! Thou art as foolish Christian Ful. What shall I do ?- I'll creep up into the creatures as I would desires.

chimney. Mrs. Page. Pr'ythee hold thy peace.

Mrs. Ford. There they always use to dis. Era. Show me now, William, some declen-charge their birding-pieces : Creep into the sions of your pronouns.

kilu hole. Will. Forsouth, I have forgot.

Fal. Where is it? Eva. It is ki, , cod ; if you forget your Mrs. Ford. He will seek there on my word. kies, your kas, and your cods, you must be Neither press, coffer, chest, trunk, well, vault, preeches.' Go your ways, and play, go.

but he bath an abstract | for the remembrance Mrs. Page. He is a better scholar than I of such places, and goes to them by bis note : thought he was.

There is no biding you in the house. Eva. He is a good sprag + memory. Farewell, Fal. l'll go out then. mistress Page.

Mrs. Page. If you go out in your own semMrs. Puge. Adieu, good Sir Hugh. [Erit blance, you die, Sir John. Unless you go out Sir Hugu. Get you home, boy.-Come, we stay disguised, too long.

(Exeunt. Mrs. Ford. How might we disguise him?

Mrs. Page. Alas the day, I know not. There SCENE II.--A Room in Ford's Flouse. is no woman's gown big enough for híın; other.

wise, he might put on a bat, a muffler, and a Enter FALSTAPP and Mrs. FORD. kerchief, and so escape.

Fat. Good hearts, devise something : any ex. Fal. Mistress Ford, your sorrow bath eaten tremity, rather than a mischief. up my sufferance : 1 see, you are obsequious 1

Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman in your love, and I profess requital to a bair's of Brentford, has a gown above. breadth ; not only, mistress Ford, in the simple

Mrs. Page. On my word it will serve bim; office of love, but in all the accoutrement, cour

• Mad fits, • Brecched, i.e. flogged.

+ As children call on a simulto push forth his horny. peto learn. Scrowful.

Shurt note of

she's as big is he is ; and there's ber thrum'd Ford. Empty the basket, I say. hat, and her muftter too : Run up, Sir John. Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why?

Mrs. Ford. Go, go, sweet Sir John : mistress Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there Page and I, will look some linen for your bead. was one conveyed out of my house yesterday in

Alrs. Page, Quick, quick; we'll come dress this basket : Why may not he be there again? you straight : put on the gown the while. In my house I am sure he is : ny intelligence

(Erit Falstaff. is true ; my jealousy is reasonable : Pluck me Mrs. Ford, I would my husband would meet out all the linen. him in this shape : be cannot abide the old Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, be shall woman of Brentford; be swears she's a witch; die a flea's death, forbade her my house, and hath threatened to Page. Here's no man. beat her.

Shal. By my fidelity, this is not well, master Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy hus. Ford ; this wrongs you. band's cudgel; and the devil guide his cudgel Era. Master Foid, you must pay, and not afterwards !

follow the imaginations of your own beart : this Mrs. Ford. But is my husband coming ? is jealousies.

Mrs. Page. Ay, in good sadness, • is he ; and Ford. Well, he's not here I seek for. talks of the basket too, howsoever be hath bad Page. No, nor no wbere else, but in your intelligence.

brain. Mrs. Ford. We'll try that ; for I'll appoint Ford. Help to search my house this one time : my men to carry the basket again, to meet him if I find not wbat I seek, show no colour for my at the door with it, as they did last time. extreinity, let me for ever be your table-sport :

Mrs. Page. Nay, but he'll be here presently : let them say of me, As jealous as Ford, that let's go dress bim like the witch of Brentford. searched a hollow walnut for bis wife's leman.

Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men, what they satisfy me once more ; one more search with sball do with the basket. Go up, I'll bring linen m for him straight.

(Erit. Mrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page ! come Mrs. Page, Haug bim, dishonest varlet! we you and the old woman down, my busband will cannot misuse bim enough.

coine into the chamber. We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, Ford. Old woman! what old woman's that Wives may be merry, and yet honest too : Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of We do not act, that often jest and laugh : Brentford. Tis old but true, Still swine eat all the draf. Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening

(Erit. quean! Have I not forbid her my house? She

comes of errands, does she? We are simple Re-enter Mrs. FORD, with two Servants.

men; we do not know what's brought to pass Mrs. Ford. Go, Sirs, take the basket again on under the profession of fortune-telling. She your shoulders ; your master is bard at door; if works by charms, by spells, by the figure, and he bid you set it down, obey him : quickly, des. such daunery as this is : beyoud our element : patch.

(Exit. we kuow nothing.--Come down, you wiich, 1 Serv. Come, come, take it up.

you bag you ; come down I say. 2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the Mrs. Ford. Nay, good, sweet husband ;knight again.

good gentlemen, let him not strike the old 1 Serv. I hope not ; I had as lief bear so much woman. lead.

Enter FALSTAFr in woman's clothes, led by Enter FORD, PAGE, SAALLOW, Canos, and

Mrs. PAGE.
Sir Hugh EVANS.

Mrs. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give Ford. Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, me your band. bave you any way then to unfool me again ? Ford. I'll prat her :--Out of my door, you Set down the basket, villain :--somebody calls witch! (Beats him.) You rag, you baggage, my wife :---You, youth in a basket, come out you polecat, you ronyon ! out l out! I'll conbere !-O you panderly rascals ! there's a knot, jure you, I'll fortune-tell you. a ging,+ a pack, a conspiracy agaiust me : Now

(Erit FALSTAPP. shall the devil be shamed. What! wife, I say ! Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed ? I think, coine, come forth ; behold what honest clotbes you bave kill'd the poor woman. you send forth to bleaching.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it :-Tis a good. Page. Why, this passes ! | Master Ford, you ly credit for you. are not to go loose any longer ; you must be Ford. Hang her, witch ! pinioned.

Eva. By yea and no, I think the 'oman is a Eva. Wby, this is lunatics ! this is mad as a witch indeed : I like not when a 'oman has a mad dog!

great peard ; I spy a great peard under her Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well ; muffler. indeed,

Ford. Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech

you follow ; see but the issue of my jealousy: if Enter Mrs. FORD.

I cry out thus upon do trail, + never trust me Ford. So say I too, Sir.-Come bither, mis. when I open 1 again. tress Ford ; mistress Ford, the honest woman, Page. Let's obey his humour a little further : the modest wife, the virtuous creature, tbat hath Come, gentlemen, the jealous fool to her husband 1- I suspect with- (Ereunt Page, FORD, SHallow, and out cause, mistress, do I?

EVANS. Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most piti. if you suspect me in any dishonesty.

fully, Ford. Well said, brazen-face ; hold it out.--- Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass, that he did Come forth, sirrah.

not; he beat him niost unpitifully, methought. (Pulls the clothes out of the basket. Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, Page. This passes !

and hung o'er the altar ; it bath done meritori. Mrs. Ford. Are you not ashamed I let the ous service. clothes alone.

Mrs. Ford. What think you? May we, with Ford. I shall and yon anon.

the warrant of woman-bood, and the witness of Eva. 'Tis unreasonable ! Will you take ap a good conscience, pursue him with any furtber your wife's clothes ? Come away.


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Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, | And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a scared out of bim; if the devil bave bim not in

chain fee-simple, with fine and recovery, he will in a most hideous and dreadful manner: never, i think, in the way of waste, attempt us You have beard of such a spirit ; and well you again.

know, Mrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how The superstitious idle headed eld • we have served him

Received, and did deliver to our age, Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means; if it be but This tale of Herne the hunter for å trntb. to scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. Page. Why, yet tbere want not many, that do If they can find in their bearts, the poor un

fear virtuous fat knight sball be any further afflicted, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak : we two will still be the ministers.

Bat wbat of this? Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll have bim Airs. Ford. Marry, this is our device ; pnblicly shamed : aud, methinks, there would That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us, be no period to the jest, should he not be pub. Disguised like Herne, with huge borns ou his licly shamed.

bead. Mrs. Page. Come to the forge with it tben, Page. Well, let it not be doubted but be'll shape it: I would not have things cool.

come, (Exeunt. And in this shape : When you have brought bim

thither, SCENE III.-A Room in the Garter Inn. What shall be done with him ? what is your

plot? Enter Host and BARDOLPH.

Mrs. Page. That likewise have we thought Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three

upon, and thus : of your horses : the duke bimself will be to. Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, morrow at court, and they are going to meet and three or four more of their growth, we'll him,

dress Host. What duke should that be, comes so Like urchins, ouphes, † and fairies, green and secretly? I bear not of bim in the court : Let

white, me speak with the gentlemen ; they speak with rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, English ?

Aud rattles in their hands; upon a sudden, Bard. Ay, Sir ; I'll call them to you.

As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met, Host. They shall have my horses; but I'll Let them from forth a saw.pit rush at once make them pay, I'll sauce them; they have bad With some diffused I song ; upon their sigbt my bouses a week at command ; I bave turned We two in great amazedness will fly: away my other guests : they must come off ; I'll Then let them all encircle him about, sauce them : Conne.

(Exeunt. And, fairy-like, to pinch the unclean knight;

And ask him, why that hour of fairy revel, SCENE IV.-A Room in FORD's House. In their so sacred paths he dares to tread,

In shape profane. Enter PAGE, FORD, Mrs. PAGE, Mrs. FORD,

Mrs. Ford. And till be tell the truth, and Sir Hugh EVANS.

Let the supposed fainies pinch bim sound, Eva. 'Tis one of the pest discretions of a And burn him with their lapers. 'oman as ever I did look upon.

Mrs. Page. The truth being known, Page. And did he send you both these letters We'll all present ourselves ; disbern the spirit, at an instant?

And mock bim horne to Windsor. Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour. Ford. The children must Ford. Pardon me, wife : Henceforth do what Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. thou wilt,

Era. I will teach the children their behavi. 1 rather will suspect the sun with cold,

ours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to Than thee with wantonuess: now doth thy ho. burn the knight with my taber. nour stand,

Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy In him that was or late a heretic,

them vizards. As firm as faith.

Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all Page, 'Tis well, 'tis well ; no more.

the fairies, Be not as extreme in submission,

Finely attired in a robe of white. As in offence;

l'age. That silk will I go buy ;-and in that But let our plot go forward ; let our wives

time Yet once again, to make us public sport,

Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,

(Aside Where we may take him, and disgrace bim for And marry her at Eton.-- -Go, send to Falstaf it.

straight. Ford. There is no better way than that they Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in Dame of spoke of.

Brook : Page. How ! to send bim word they'll meet He'll tell me all his purpose : Sure, he'll come: bim in the park at midnight! fie, fie ; he'll never Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us come.

properties, Eva. You say he has been thrown in the and tricking for our fairies. rivers ; and has been grievously peaten, as an Eva. Let as about it: It is admirable pleaold 'oman : methinks, there should be terrors sures, and fery honest knaveries. in hiin, that he should not come ; methinks, bis

(Exeunt Page, Ford, and EVANS. Nesh is punished, he shall bave no desires.

Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, Page. So think I too.

Send quickly to Sir Joh!, to know his mind. Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him

[Exit Mrs. FORD. when he comes,

I'll to the doctor; he bath my good will, And let us two devise to bring him thither.

And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that That Slender, though well landed, is an idiot ; Herne the hunter,

And he my husband best of all affects : Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, The doctor is well money'd, and bis friends Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, Potent at court ; be, none but he, shall have Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd

her, horns ; And there be blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,

Elf, hogboblin,

#Wild, discordan • Strikes.


| Necessaries

• Old age.

I say

Though twenty thousand worthier come to craves from behind one of them, in a slougb of mire ; her.

(Exit. and set spurs, and away, like three German de.

vils, three doctor Faustuses. SCENE V.-A Room in the Garter Inn. Host. They are gone but to meet the duke,

villain : do not say, they be ded; Germans are Enter Host and SIMPLE.

honest met. Host. What would'st thou have, boor 1 wbat, thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short,

Enter Sir Hucu EVANS. quick, swap.

Eva. Where is mine host ?
Sim. Marry, Sir, I come to speak with Sir Host. What is the matter, Sir ?
John Falstaff from master Slender.

Eva. Have a care of your entertainments : Host. There's bis chainber, his house, his there is a friend of mine come to town, tells me castle, bis standing-bed, and truckle-bed ; 'lis there is three couzin germaus, that has cozened painted about with the story of the prodigal, all the hosts of Readings, of Maidenhead, of fresh and new: Go, knock and call ; he'll speak Colebrook, of horses and money. I tell you for like an Anthropophaginian. unto thee : Knock, good-will, look you : you are wise, and full of

gibes and vlouting-stogs; and 'tis not convenient Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, you should be cozened : Fare you well. gone np into his chamber ; I'll be so bold as

(Exit. stay, Sir, till she come down : I coine to speak with her, indeed.

Enter Doctor CAIUS. Ilost. Ha! a fat woman ! the knight may be

Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre. robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully Sir John! Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and speak from thy lungs inilitary : Art thou there? doubtful dilemma. it is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls.

Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat ; but it is tell. Fal. (above.) How now, mine host ?

a me, dat you make grand preparation for a duke Host. Here's a Bohemian-Tartartarries the de Jarmany : by my trot, dere is no duke, dat coming down of thy fat woman: Let her de. I the court is know to come; I tell you for good scend, bully, let ber descend; my chambers are vill : adiell.

(Erit. honourable : Fye! privacy ? fye!

Host. Hue and cry, villain, go :-assistine, Enter FALSTAFF.

knight ; I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry,

villain ! I am undone ! Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman

(Exeunt Host and BARDOLPA. even now with me ; but she's gone,

Fal. I would all the world might be cozened ; Sim. Pray you, Sir, was't not the wise + woman for I have been cozen'd and beaten too. If it of Brentford ?

should come to the ear of the court, how I have Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ; # What been transformed, and how my transformation would you with her ?

hath been washed and cudgelled, they would Sim. My master, Sir, my master Slender, sent melt me out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor to her, seeing ber go thorough the streets, to know, fishermen's boots with me : I warraut, they would Sir, whether one Nym, Sir, that beguiled him whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crest. of a chain, had the chain, or no.

fallen as a dried pear. I never prospered since Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. | forswore myself at Primero.. Well, if my Sim. And what says she, I pray, Sir ?

wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same man, would repent.-that beguiled master Sleuder of his chain, cozened him of it.

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY. Sim. I would I could have spoken with the Now! whence come you? woman berself ; I had other tbings to bave spo. Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. ken with her too, from him.

Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam Fal. What are they? let us know.

the other, and so they shall be both bestowed ! I Host. Ay, come ; quick.

have suffered more for their sakes, more than the Sim. I may not conceal them, Sir.

villanous inconstancy of man's disposition is able Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest.

to bear. Sim. Why, Sir, they were nothing but about Quick. And have not they suffered ? Yes, I mistress Anne Page ; to know, if it were my warrant; speciously one of them ; mistress Ford, master's fortune to have ber, or no.

good beart, is beaten black and blue, that you Fal. 'Tis, 'tis his fortune.

cannot see a white spot about her. Sim. What, Sir ?

Fal. What tell'st thou me of black and blue ? Fal. To have her,-or no : Go; say, the wo. I was beaten myself into all the colours of the man told me so.

rainbow, and I was like to be apprehended for Sim. May ( be so bold to say so, Sir?

the witch of Brentford ; but that my admirable Fal. Ay, Sir Tike; who wore boid ?

dexterity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of Sim. I thank your worship : I shall make my an old woman, deliver'd me, the kuave consta. master glad with these tidings.

(Exit SIMPLE. ble had set me i' the stocks, i' the commor Host. Thou art clerkly, ý thou art clerkly, Sir stocks, for a witch. John : Was there a wise woman with thee? Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your

Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one, that chamber : you shall bear how things go ; anid, ! hath taught me more wit than ever I learned warrani, to your content, Here is a letter will before in my life: and I paid nothing for it nei. say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado here is ther, but was paid for my learning.

to bring you together! Sure, one of you does not

serve heaven well, that you are so crossed. Enter BAR DOLPH.

Fal. Come up into my chamber. Bard. Out, alas, Sir! cozenage ! meer coz

(Ereunt elage ! Host, Where be my horses ! speak well of

SCENE VI.- Another Room in the Garter them varletto.

inn. Bard. Run away with the cozeners : for so

Enter FENTON and Ilost. soon as I came beyond Eton, they threw me off,

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me ; my

mind is beavy, I will give over all. • A cannibal. A cuuning woman, a fortune.

fent. Yet hear me speak : Assist me in my He calls Simple Muscle-shell, because he stood with

purpose, hig mouth open. Scholar-like.

• A game at cards


And, as I am a gentleman, l'll give thee

Fal. Away, I say; time wears: boli up your A hundred pound iu gold, more than your loss. head, and mince. (Exit Mrs. QUICKLY.

Host. I will hear you, master Fenton ; and I will, at the least, herp your counsel.

Enter FORD. Pent. From time to time I have acquainted How now, master Brook? Master Brook, the yoll matter will be huown to-night, or never.

Be you With the dear love I bear to fair Inne Page ;

in the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak, and Who, inulually, bath answer'd my affection

you shall see wonders. (So far forth as herself might be ber chooser,)

Ford, Went you not to her yesterday, Sir, as Even to my wish : I bave a letter from her

you told me you had appointed ? of such contents as you will wonder at :

Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, The mirth whereof so larded with my matter,

like a poor old man: but I came from her, That beither, singly, can be manifested,

That Without the show of both ;-wherein' fat Fal- master Brook, like a poor old woman.

same kuave, Ford her husband, Haih the stift

finest mad devil of jealousy in him, master Hath a great scene : the image of the jest.

Brook, that ever governed frenzy.

I will tell [Shouing the letter. I'll show you here at large.

you.- He beat me grievonsly, in the shape of Hark, good mine

a woman ; for in the shape of man, master host: To-night at Herne's oak, just "wixt twelve and Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam;

because I know also, life is a shuttle. I am one,

in baste; go along with me; l'll tell you all, Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen ;

master Brook. Since I plucked geese, played The purpose why, is here ;* in which disguise,

truaut, and whipped top, I knew not what it While other jests are something rank on foot,

was to be beaten, till lately. Follow me: I'll Her father bath commanded her to slip

tell you strange things of this knave Ford : on Away with Slender, and with bin at Eton

whom to-night I will be revenged, and I will Immediately to marry : she hath coustated :

deliver his wife into your band.--Follow : Strange Now, Sir,

tbings in bani, master Brook I follow. Her mother, eveu strong against that match,

And firm for doctor Caius, lath appointed
That he shall likewise shuffle her away,
Wbile otber sports are tasking of their minds,

SCENE 11.-Windsor Purk.
And at the deauery, where a priest attends,
Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot

Enter Page, Shallow, and SLENDER, She, seemingly obedient, likewise batu

Page. Come, corne ; we'll couch i'the castle Made promise to the doctor ;-Nury, thus it ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.-Rerests:

member, son Slender, my daughter. Her father means she shall be all in white; Slen. Ay, forsouth ; I have spoke with her, And in that habit, when Slender sees his time and we have a nay-word, how to know one To take her by the haud aud bid her go,

another. I coine to her in white, and cry, mum; She shall go with him :-her mother hath in- she cries, budgel; and by that we know one tended,

another. The better to denote her to the doctor,

Shal. That's good too : But what needs either (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded) your mum, or her budget! the white will de. Tbat, quaint: in green, she shall be loose en- cipher her well enouglı.-It bath struck ten rob'd,

o'clock. With ribbanis pendant, flaring 'bout ber head; Page. The night is dark; light and spirits And when the doctor spies lais vanta e ripe, will become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! To pinch her by the band, and, on that token, No mau means evil but the devil, and we shall The maid hatb given consent to go with him. know bim by his borus. Let's away ; follow me. Host. Which means she to deceive? father or

(Exeunt. mother ? Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with

SCENE III.-The Street in Windsor. me : And here it rests,-that you'll procure the

Enter Mrs. PAGE, Mrs. FORD, and Dr. vicar

CAIUS. To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one,

Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in And, in the lawful name of marrying,

green : when you see your time, take ber by the To give our hearts united cereniony.

hand, away with her to the deauery, and despatch Host. Well, busbaud your device ; I'll to the it quickly : Go before into the park; we two vicar:

must go together. Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. Caius. I know vat I have to do ; Adien.

Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Mrs. Page. Fare you well, Sir. ( Exit Cards.) Besides, I'll make a present recompense.

My husband will not rejoice so much at the (Ereunt. doctor's marrying my daughter: but 'tis no

maiter ; better a little chiding, than a great deal of heart-break,

Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her tioop ACT V.

of fairies ? aud the Welsh devil, Hugh ?

Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit hard SCENE I.-A Room in the Garter Inn.

by Herne's oak, with obscured lights; which, at

tbe the very instant of Falstafi's and our meet. Enter PALSTAFF and Mrs. QUICKLY.

ing, they will at ouce display to the night,

Mrs. Ford That cannot choose but amaze Fal. Pr’ythee, no more prattling ;-go.-

him. I'll hold : 1 This is the third time ; I hope, good Mrs. Puge. If he be not amazed, he will be luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they say, mocked ; if he be amazed, he will every way be there is divinity in odd numbers, either in mocked. nativity, chance, or death.--Away.

Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. Quick. I'll provide you a chain; and I'll do Mrs. Puge. Against such lewdslers, and thel: what I can to get you a pair of horus.


Those tbat betray him do no treachery. • In the letter.

+ Fantastically • Keep to the time.

• Watch-word. 32.

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