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Sir John Falstaff

|Robin, page to Falstaff. Fenton.

Simple, servant to Slender.
Shallow, a country justice.

Rugby, servant to Dr. Caius.
Slender, cousin to Shallow.
Mr. Ford,

Mrs. Ford.
Mr. Page 1
two genticmen dwelling at Windsor.

Mrs. Page. William Page, a boy, son to. Mr. Page.

Mrs. Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson.

Mrs. Quickly, servant to Dr. Caius.
Dr. Caius, a French physician.
Host of the Garter Inn.

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
followers of Falstaff.

Scene, Windsor; and the parts adjacent. Nym,



Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot; there is no fear of Got in a riot: the council, look you,

shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear SCENE 1.-Windsor. Before Page's hoike. Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir' Hugh Shal. Ha ? o'my life, if I were young again, the

a riot, take your vizaments in that. Evans.

sword should end it.

Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and Shallow.

end it: and there is also another device in my Sir Hugh, persuade me not ; I will make a Ster want there is anne Page, which is daughter to chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John moster George Page, which is pretty virginity, Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, es

Slon. Mistress Anne Page? 'She has brown hair quire.

and peaks smalle like a woman. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace,

Evo. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as und coram.

just as you will desire; and seven bund. ed pounds Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum.” Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman upon his c'esth's-bed (Got deliver to a joyful resur

of monies and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, born, master parson; who writes himself

armigero; rections !

) i'e, when she is able to overtake sevenin any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, ar- teen years old! it were a goot motion, if we leave migero. Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any time between masie: 'Abraham, and mistress Anne

our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage these three hundred years.

Page. Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Shal. Did her grandsire leave her scven hundred done't ; and all his ancestors, that come after him, pound? may: they may give the dozen white luces in their

Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny. coat.

Shal. I know the voung gentlewoman; she has Shal. It is an old coat.

good gifts. Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old

Eva. Seven hundred nounds, and possibilities, is coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar

goot gists. beast to man, and signifies-love. Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Falstaff there?

Shal. Well, let us sce bonest master Page : is an old coat.

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, Slen. I may quarter, coz?

as I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise Shal. You may, by marrying,

one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there ; Era. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.

and, I beseech you, be rulcd by your well-willers. Shal. Not a whit. Eva. Yes, py'r lady; if he has a quarter of your What, hoa ! Got pless your house here !

I will peat the door [knocks) 'for master Page coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all one : if Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you,

Enter Page. I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises Page. Who's there? between you.

Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, Shal. The council shall hear it; it is a riot.

and justice Shallow : and here young master Slen

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der; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, understand: that is, master Page, fidelicet, master if matters grow to your likings.

Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host or thank you for my venison, master Shallow. the Garter.

Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; much Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between good do it your good heart! I wished your venison them. better; it was ill killed :-how doth good mistress Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my Page ?-and I love you always with my heart, la ; note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon the with my heart.

cause, with as great discreetly as we can. Page. Sir, I thank you.

Fal. Pistol, Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no,

I do. Pist. He hears with ears. Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slen Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, der.

He hears with ear? Why, it is affectatious. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse heard say, he was outrun on Cotsale."

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would I Page. It could not be judg’d, sir.

might never come in mine own great chamber again Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two

Shal. That he will not;—'lis your fault, 'tis your Edward shovel-boards,' that cost me two shilling fault :-'tis a good dog.

and two pence apiece of Yead Miller, by these Page.


Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; can Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
there be more said ? he is good, and fair.—Is sir Era. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
John Falstaff here?

Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !--Sir Jolin,
Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do and master mine,
a good office between you.

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :9
Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. Word of denial in thy labras' here;
Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.
Page, Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Shil. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours that so, master Page? he hath wrongd me; in- I wilí say, marry trap, with you, if you run the deed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;-believe me ;-nuthook'sio humour on me; that is the very note of it. Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd. Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: Page. Here comes Sir John.

for though I cannot remember what I did when you

made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Enter. Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Pistol.

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentle

man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Fal. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain or. Eva. It is his tive senses: fie, what the ignorance me to the king ?

is ? Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed! Bard. And being fap!! sir, was as they say. my deer, and broke open my lodge.

cashier'd; and so conclusions pass’d the careires." Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter. Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'us Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd. no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again,

Fal. I will answer it straight;-I have done all but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: this :--that is now answer'd.

if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the Shal. The council shall know this.

fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. counsel: you'll be laugh'd at.

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentle Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, good worts. men; you hear it.

Fal. Good worts !? good cabbage.-Slender, I broke your head; what matter have you against Enter Mistress Anne Page with wine ; Mistress me ?

Ford and Mistress Page following. Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against you; and against your coney-catching, Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'}} rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried drink within.

[Eril Anne Page. me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and after Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. wards picked my pocket.

Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Bar. You Banbury cheese!

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

well met: by your leave, good mistress. Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?5

(kissing her. Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca;“ slice! that's Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, my humour.

gentlemen, I hope we shall drink'down all unkind. 'Slen. Where's Simple, my man ?-can you tell, ness. cousin ?

[Ereunt all but Shal. Slend. and Evans, Eva. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my stand: there is three umpires in this matter, as I book of songs and sonnets here :

(1) Cotswold in Gloucestershire.

(7) King Edward's shillings, used in the game Worts was the ancient name of all the cab-jor shuffle-board. oage kind.

(8) Blade as thin as a lath. (9) Lips. (3) Sharpers. (4) Nothing but paring. (10) Il you say I am a thief. (11) Drunk. 5) The name of an ugly spirit.° 16' few words. (12) The bounds of good behaviour.

very well.

Enter Simple.

Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir

Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am How now, Simple! where have you been? I must wait on mysell, must I? You have not The Book

Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. of Riddles about you, have you?

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: Sim. Book of Riddles ! why, did you not lend Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon it to Alice Shortcake, upon Allhallow mas last, a my cousin Shallow: (Exit Simple. A justice o. fortnight afore Michaelmas ?1

peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. Ja man:-I keep but three men and a boy yet, till A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; there is my mother be dead: but what though ? yet l’live as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off like a poor gentleman born. uy sir Hugh here; -do you understand me?

Anne. I may not go in without your worship: Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if they will not sit, till you come. it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as Shal. Nay, but understand me.

much as though I did. Slen. So l'do, sir.

Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: 1 Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I will description the matter to you, if you be capa- bruised my shin the other day with playing at city of it.

sword and dagger with a master of fence, three Šlen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: veneys? for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. his country, simple though I stand here.

Why do your dogs bark so ? be there bears i’ the Era, But that is not the question; the question town? is concerning your marriage.

Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them Shal. As there's the point, sir.

talked of. Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis Slen. I love the sport well ; but I shall as soon tress Anne Page.

quarrel at it, as any man in England:-you are Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ? any reasonalle demands.

Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Era. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have command to know that of your mouth, or of your seen Sackerson loose, twenty times; and have lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is taken him by the chain: but, I warrant you, the parcel of the mouth;—therefore, precisely, can you women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it carry your good will to the maid?

pass’d:--but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her? they are very ill-favoured rough things.

Slen. I hope, sir,-I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.

.Re-enter Page. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we towards her.

stav for you. Shal. That you must: will you, upon good dow Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. r5, marry her?

Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon sir : come, come. your request, cousin, in any reason.

Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Sha!. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; Page. Come on, sir. what I do, is to pleasure you, coz; Can you love Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. the maid ?

Anne. Not I, sir ; pray you, keep on. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la: I will if there be no great love in the beginning, yet hea- not do you that wrong: Fen may decrease it upon better acquaintance, Anne. I pray you, sir. when we are married, and have more occasion to Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troubleknow one another: l'hope, upon familiarity will some : you do yourself wrong, indeed, la, grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her,

(Ereunt. 1 will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

SCENE II.— The same. Enter Sir Hugh Evans Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the

and Simple. faul' is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely ;-his meaning is good. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius'

Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. house, which is the way: and there dwells one Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. 'mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his

nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Re-enter Anne Page.

his washer, and lis wringer.

Sim. Well, sir. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne: Would Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :give her this letI were young, for your sake, mistress Anne ! ter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquain

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father tance with mistress Anne Page; and the letier is, desires your worships' company.

to desire and require her to solicit your master's Shal." I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. desires to mistress Ann Page: I pray you, be gone; Eva. Od’s plessed will! I will not be absence I will make an end of my dinner: there's pippins

and cheese to come.

[Ereunt. Exeunt Shal, and Sir H. Evans.

(3. The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Gas (1) An intended blunder.

den, in Southwark.
12) Three set-to's, bouts or hits. (4) Surpassed all expression.



at the grace.

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