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Ford. Help to search my house this one time: if , Mrs. Page. Yea, by all means, if it be but to I find not what I seek, shew no colour for my ex- scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. tremity, let me for ever be your table-sport; let If they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirthem say of me, As jealous as Ford, that search'd tuous fat knight shall be any further afflicted, we a hollow wall-nut for his wife's leman'. Satisfy 5 two will be still the ministers. me once more, once more search with me.
Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll have him pubMrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page ! come licly sham’d: and, methinks, there would be no you and the old woman down; my husband will period to the jest, should he not be publicity come into the chamber.
Sham'd. Ford. Old woman! what old woman's that? Mrs. Page. Come, to the forge with it, then,
Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of shape it: I would not have things cool. [Exeunt. Brentford. Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening
SCENE III. quean! Have I not forbid her my house? She
The Garter inn. comes of errands, does she? We are simple men: 15 we do not know what's brought to pass under the
Enter Host and Bardolph. profession of fortune-telling. She works by charms, Bard. Sir, the Gerinans desire to have three of by spells, by the figure, and such daubery - as your horses: the duke himself will be to-morrow this is: beyond our element: we know no- at court, and they are going to meet him. thing.--Come down, you witch; you hag you,|20| Host. What dukeshould that be, comes so secome down I say.
cretly? I hear not of him in the court: let me J/rs. Ford. Nay, good sweet husband ;-good speak with the gentlemen; they speak English? gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman. Bard. Sir, I'll call them to you. Enter Fulstaff inwomen'scloaths,led by Mrs.Page. Host. They shall have my horses; but I'!!
Mrs. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give 25 make them pay, I'll sauce them: they have had me your hand.
my houses a week at command; I have turn'd Ford. I'll prat her: -Out of my doors, you away my other guests: they must come off“ ; I'll witch! (Beats him.) you hag, you baggage, you
[Excunt. poulcat, you ronyon'! out! out! I'll conjure you, I'll fortune-tell you.
[Erit Fal 30
SCENE IV. Mrs. Page. Are you not asham’d? I think,
Ford's house. you have kill'd the poor woman. Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it:—'Tis a goodly
Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Puge, Mrs. Ford, and credit for you.
Sir Hugh Evans. Ford. Hang her, witch!
35 Era. 'Tis one of the best discretions of a 'omans Eva. By yea and no, I think the 'oman is a as ever I did look upon. pitch indeed: Ulike not when a 'omans has a Puge. And did he send you both these letters great peard; I spy a great peard under his mutiler. at an instant ?
Ford. Will you follow, gentlemen? I beseech Mrs. Puge. Within a quarter of an hour. you follow ; see but the issue of my jealousy: it 40 Ford. Pardon me, wite: Henceforth do what I cry out thus upon no trail', never trust me
thou wilt: when I open again.
I rather will suspect the sun with cold, [stand, Page. Let's obey his humour a little further:- Than thee with wantonness: now doth thy honour Come, gentlemen.
[Ereunt. In him that was of late an heretic, Mrs.Page. Trust me he beat him most pitifully. 45 As firm as faith.
Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass, that he did not; Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well; no more. he beat him inost ur.piti ully, methought. Be not as extreme in submission, Alrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallow'd, and
As in oifence; hung o'er the altar; it hath done meritorious ser- But let our plot go forward; let our wives vice.
50 Yet once again, to make us public sport, Mrs. Ford. What think you? may we, with the Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow, warrant of wolnanhood, and the witness of a good Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. conscience, pursue him with any further revenge Ford. There is nobetterwaythan that theyspokeof.
Jlrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, Page. How? to send him word they'll meet him scar'd out of him; if the devil have him not in fee 55
in the park simple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I At midnight! fie, tie; he will never come. think, in the way of waste, attempt us again. Era. You say, he hath been thrown into the
Alrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how we rivers; and hath peen grievously peaten, as an old, have served him?
Poman: methinks, there should be terrors in him, Lover. Leman is derived from leef, Dunch, beloved, and man. Dauberies are disguises. * Ronyon, applied to a woman, imports in uch the same with scall or scab spoken of a man. expression is borrowed from hunting. Trail is the scent left by the passage of the game. To cry out, is to open or bark. Meaning, there would be no proper catastrophe.
That is, they must pay. F?
that he should not coine: methinks, his flesh is and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the punish’d, he shall have no desires.
knight with my taber. Page. So think I too.
Ford. This will be excellent. I'll go buy them M1rs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him
vizards. when he comes,
51 Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all And let us two devise to bring him hither.
the fairies, Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that Finely attired in a robe of white. Herne the hunter,
Page. That silk will I go buy;--and in that time Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, Shall master Slender stealmy Nan away, (Aside. Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, 10 And marry her at Eton.-_-Go, send to Falstaff Walk round about an oak, with great raggd horns; straight. And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle; Ford. Nay,I'll to him again in the name of Brook: And makes misch-kine yield blood, and shakes a He'll tell me all his purpose. Sure, he'll come. In a most hideous and dreadful manner: (chain Mrs. Page. Fear not you that: Go, get us proYou have heard of such a spirit ; and well you 15 And tricking for our fairies.
[perties The superstitious idle-headed eld? [know, Eva. Let us about it: It is adinirahle pleaReceiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
sures, and fery honest knaveries. This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth. [fear
[Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans. Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak: 20 Send Quickly to sir John, to know his mind. But what of this?
[Erit Mrs. Ford. Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device;- I'll to the doctor; he hath my good-will, That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us. And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. We'll send himn word to meet us in the field, That Slender, though well-landed, is an ideot; Disguis'd like Herne, with huge horns on his head. 25 And he my husband best of all affects : Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, The doctor is well-money'd, and his friends And in this shape: When you have brought him Potent at court; he, none but he, shall have her, thither,
Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave What shall be done with him? what is your plot?
[Erit. Mrs. Page. That likewise we have thought 30
SCENE V. upon, and thus: Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, [dress
The Garter inn. And there are four more of their growth, we'll
Enter Host and Simple. Like urchins', ouphes, and fairies, green and white, Host. What would'st thou have, boor? wbat, With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, 35|thick-skin? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, And rattles in their hands; upon a sudden, quick, snap; As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met,
Simp. Marry, sir, I come to speak with sir Let them from forth a saw-pit rush at once
John Falstaff from master Slender. With some diffused* song: upon their sight, Host. There's his chamber, his house, his castle, We two in great amazedness will fly:
140 his standing-bed, and truckle-bed' ; 'tis painted Then let them all encircle him about,
about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean knight; new; Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an And ask him, why that hour of fairy revel, Anthropophaginian“ unto thee: Knock, I say. In their so sacred paths he dares to tread
Simp. There's an old woman, a fat woman, In shape profane?
45 gone vip into his chamber; P'll be so bold as stay, Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth, sir, 'till she come down: I come to speak with Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound, her, indeed. And burn him with their tapers.
Host. Ha! a fat woman ! the knight inay be Mrs. Page. The truth being known,
robb’d: I'll call.--- Bully knight! Bully sit We'll all present ourselves : dis-horn the spirit, 50 John ! speak from thy lungs military: Art thou And mock him home to Windsor.
there? It is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls. Ford. The children must
Falstaff above. Be practis'd well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. Fal. How now, mine host?
Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours; Host. Here's a Bohemian Tartar” tarries the * To take, here means to seize or strike with a discase. ? Meaning, age,
3. Urchin is a hedgeliog; but is here used to signify any thing little and dwarfish. Ouph is a fairy or goblin.“ Dr. Warburton says, this signifies a song that strikes out into wild sentiments beyond the bounds of nature, such as those whose subject is fairy land. Properties are incidental necessaries to a theatre, exclusive of scenes and dresses. • To trick, is to dress out. The usual furniture of chambers in those times consisted of a standing bed, under which was a truckle, or running bed. In the former lay the master, and in the latter the servant. That is, a Cannibal. The Host uses this high-soundimg, word to astonish Simple; an effect which he probably likewise peans to produce by the word Ephesion, which follows. Ses the precediog note.
coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, horses and money. I tell you for good-will, look bully, let her descend; ny chambers are honour- you: you are wise, and full of gibes and vloutingable: Fie! privacy? fie!
stogs; and 'tis not convenient you should be coEnter Falstaff zen d: Fare you well.
[Exit. Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman 5
Entir Caius. even now, with me; but she's
Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre? Simp. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and of Brentford
doubtful dilemma. Fal. Ay, marry was it, mussel-shell'; What Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat: But it is tell-a. would you with her?
10 me, dat you make a grand preparation for a duke Simp. My master, sir, master Slender, sent to de Jamany: by my trot, dere is no duke, dat de her, seeing her go through the street, to know, sir, court is know, to come: I tell you for good-vill: whether one Nym, sir, that beguild him of a chain, adieu.
[Erit. had the chain, or no.
Host. Hue and cry, villain, go! assist me, Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. 15 knight; I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, Simp. And what says she, I pray, sir?
villain! I'm undone !
[Erit. Fal. Marry, she says, that the very saine man, Ful. I would all the world might be cozen'd; that beguild master Slender of his chain, cozen'd for I have been cozen'd, and beaten too. If it him of it.
should come to the ear of the court, how I have Simp. I would I could have spoken with the 20 been transforın’d, and how my transformation woman berself; I had other things to have spoken hath been wasb’d and cudgeld, they would melt with her too, from hin.
me out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fisherFal. What are they? let us know.
men's boots with me: I warrant, they would Host. Ay, come; quick.
whip me with their tine wits, till I were as crestSimp. I may not conceal them, sir, 25 faln as a dry'd pear. I never prosper'd since ! Fal. Conceal them, or thou dy'st.
foreswore myself at Primero'. Well, if my wind Simp. Why, sir, they were nothing but about were but long enough to say my prayers, I would mistress Anne Page; to know, it it were my mas- repent. ter's fortune to have her, or nu.
Enter Mistress Quickly. Fal. 'Tis, 'tis his fortune.
30 Now! whence came you? Simp. What, sir ?
Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. Fal. To have her—or no: Go; say the wo- Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam the man told me so.
other, and so they shall be both bestow'd! I have Simp. May I be so bold to say so, sir? suffer'd more for their sakes, more, than the vilFal. Ay, sir Tike: like who more bold. 35 lainous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to
Sim. I thank your worship: I shall make my bear. master glad with these tidings. (Exit Simple. Quic. And have not they suffer'd? yes, I war
Host. Thou art clerkly', thou art clerkly, sir| rant; speciously one of them; mistress Ford, John: Was there a wise woman with thee? good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you
Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one, that 40 cannot see a white spot about her. hath taught me more wit than ever I learn'd be- Ful. What tellst thou me of black and blue? fore in my life; and I paid nothing for it neither, I was beaten myself into all the colours of the but was paid for my learning.
rainbow; and I was like to be apprehended for Enter Bardolph.
the witch of Brentford; but that my admirable Bard. Out, alas, sir! cozenage! merecozenage! 45 dexterity of wit, counterfeiting the action of an
Host. Where be my horses! speak well of them, old woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable varletto.
had set me i' the stocks, i' the common stocks, Bard. Run away with the cozeners: for so soon for a witch. as I came beyond Eaton, they threw me off, from Quic. Sir, let me speak with you in your chanbehind one of them, in a slough of mire; and set 50 ber: you shall hear how things go; and, I warspurs, and away, like three German devils, three rant, to your content. Here is a letter will say Doctor Faustus's.
somewhat. Good hearts, what ado is here to Host. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- bring you together ! sure one of you does not laim: do not say, they are fled; Germans are ho- serve beaven well, that you are so cross'd. nest men.
55 Fal. Come up into my chamber. [Exeunt. Enter Sir Hugh Evans. Era. Where is mine host?
SCENE VI. Host. What is the matter, sir?
Enter Fenton and Host. Eva. Havea care of your entertainments: there Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my is a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there 60 mind is heavy, I will give over all. is three couzin-germans, that has cozen'd all the Fent. Yet hear me speak: Assist me in my hosts of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, of
purpose, Falstaff probably calls Simple muss l-shell, from his standing with his mouth open. ? That is, scholar-like. A game at cards.
And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee While other sports are tasking of their minds, A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss. And at the deanery, where a priest attends,
Host. I will hear you, master Fenton; and I will, Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot at the least, keep your counsel.
She seemingly obedient, likewise hath Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you 5 Made proinise to the doctor:-Now, thus it rests; With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page; Her father means she shall be all in white; Who, mutually, hath answer'd my affection And in that habit, when Slender sees his time (So far forth as herself might he her chuser) To take her by the hand, and bid her go, Even to my wish: I have a letter from her She shall go with him : her mother hath intended, Of such contents as you will wonder at; 10 The better to devote * her to the doctor, The mirth whereof's so larded with my matter, (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded) That neither, singly, can be manifested, That quaint' in green, she shall be loose enrobid, Without the shew of both: Fat sir John Falstaff With ribbands pendant, flaring 'bout her head; Hath a great scene; the image of the jest And when the doctor spies luis vantage ripe,
[Sherving a letter. 15To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, I'll shew you here at large. "Hark, good mine The maid hath given consent to go with him. host;
[one, Host. Which means she to deceive? father or To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and
mother? Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen; Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with me; The purpose why, is here?; in which disguise, 20 And here it rests,--that you'll procure the vicar While other jests are something rank on foot, To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one, Her father hath commanded her to slip
And, in the lawful name of marrying, Away with Slender, and with him at Eaton (sir, To give our hearts united ceremony. [vicar: Immediately to marry: she hath consented: now, Host. Well, husband your device; I'll to the Her mother even strong against that match, 25 Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed
Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; That he shall likewise shuffle her away, Besides I'll make a present recompence.[Excunt.
A CT V.
135) shape of man, master Brook, I fear not Goliah
with a weaver's beam; because I know also, Enter Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly.
life is a shuttle. I am in haste; go along with Ful. PRYTHEE, 90 more pratling: 70 me; I'll tell you all, master Brook. Since I
I'll hold : This is the third time: 1 hope.. pluck'd geese, play'd truant, and whipp?d top. I good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they 40 knew not what 'twas to be beaten, till lately. say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in na- Follow me: I'll tell you strange things of this tivity, chance or death.-Away.
knave Ford; on whom to-night I will be reQuic. I'll provide you a chain; and I'll do what veng'd, and I will deliver his wife into your hand. I can to get you a pair of horns. [Ex: Mrs. Quickly. -Follow: Strange things in hand, master Brook! Fal. Away, I say; time wears: hold up your 45 follow.
[Ereunt. head, and mince.
Windsor Park. matter will be known to-night, or never. Be you Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. in the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak, and|50 Page. Come, coine;'we'll couch i' the castleyou shall see wonders.
ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.-RememFord. Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as ber, son Slender, my daughter. you told me you had appointed?
Slen. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, we have a nay-word' how to know one another. like a poor old man: but I came from her, mas-55 I come to her in white, and cry, mum; she cries, ter Brook, like a poor old woman.
budget; and by that we know one another. knave, Ford her husband, hath the finest mad de- Shal. That's good too: But what needs either vil of jealousy in him, master Brook, that ever your mun, or her budget? the white will decipher govern'd frenzy. I will tell you.-He beat me her well enough. It hath sruck ten o'clock. grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in thelool Page. The night is dark; light and spirits will 1 That is, the representation.
2 In the letter. · Even here means as. * Perhaps we sliould read denote. As quaint signifies fantastical, the meaning may be, fantastically drest in green. • To mince is to walk with ailected delicacy. ? That is, a watch-word.
: } Away, away. The women runout.
become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! No Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Puge.
Nsrs. Ford. Sir John? art thou there, my dear? [E.reunt.
my male deer? SCENE III.
Fal. My doe with the black scut?--Let the sky Enter Mistress Page, Mistress Ford,and Dr.Cuius.
5 rain potatues?, let it thunder to the tune of Green Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in
Sleeves; hail kissing-comtits', and snow eringoes; green: when you see your time, take her by the
let there come a tempest of provocation, I will hand, away with her to the deanery, and dispatch
shelter me here. it quickly: Go before into the park; we two inust
Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is. coine with me,
10 sweetheart. go together. Caius. I know vat I have to do; Adieu. [Erit.
Ful. Divide me like a bribe-buck, eacha haunch: Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sir. My husband
I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for will not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstatt, as
the fellow of this walk, and my horns I bequeath he will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daugh-15 like Herne the hunter?-Why, now is Cupid a
your husbands. Am I woodman? ha! Speak I ter: but 'tis no matter; better a little chiding, than a great deal of heart-break.
child of conscience; he makes restitution. “As I Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop
am a true spirit, welcome! [Noise within. of fairies and the Welch devil Evans ?
Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise? Mrs. Page. They are all couch'd in a pit hard
Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins ! by Herne's oak, with obscur'd lights; which, at 20 Fal. What shall this be? the very instant of Falstail's and our meeting, they will at once display to the night.
Fal. I think the devil will not have ine damn'do Mrs. Ford. That cannot chuse but amaze him.
flest the oil that is in me should set hell on fire; he Mrs. Page. If he be not amaz’d, he will be mock'd; if he be amaz’d, he will every way be 25 never would else cross me thus. mock'd.
Enter Sir Hugh like a satyr ; Quickly, and others Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. [lechery,
dress'd like fairies, with tapers. Mrs. Puge. Against such lewdsters, and their Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, Those that betray them do no treachery. You moon-shine revellers, and shades of night,
Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on; To the oak, to 30 You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny, the oak!
[Excunt. Attend your office, and your quality.S Ć EN E IV:
Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes. [toys. Enter Sir Hugh Ecuns, and Fairies.
Eva. Elves, list your names; 'silence, you airy Era. Trib, trib, fairies; come; and remember
Cricket, to Windsor chimnies shalt thou leap: your parts: be pold, I pray you; follow me into 35 Where fires thou tind'st unrak’d, and hearths unthe pit; and when I give the watch-'ords, do as 1
Therepinch the maids as blue as bilberry'; [swept, pid you; Come come; trib, trib. Ereunt.
Our radiant queen hates sluts, and sluttery. [die:
Fal. They are fairies; he, thatspeakstothem, shall SCENE V.
I'll winkand couch: Noman their worksmust eye. Enter Falstaff with a buck's head on. 40
[Lies down upon his face. Fal. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve; the Era, Where's Bede?
-Go you, and where you minute draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods as
find a maid, sist me! -Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for That, ere she sleep, bath thrice her
prayers said, thy Europa; love set on thy horns.-Oh powerful Rein
of her fantasy, love! that, in some respects, makes a beast a man, 45 Sleep she as sound as careless infancy: in some other, a man a beast.—You were also, But ihose assleep,andthink not on their sins, [shins, Jupiter, a swan, for the love of Leda;-Oh, om- Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, and nipotent love! how near the god drew to the com- Quick. About, about; plexion of a goose! A fault done first in the form Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out: of a beast;
— Jove, a beastly fault!-and then 50 Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room; another fault in the semblance of a fowl ;-think That it may stand till the perpetual doom, on't, Jove; a foul fault. When gods have hot In state as wholsome' as in state'tis fit; backs, what shall poor men do? For me, I am Worthy the owner, and the owner it. here a Windsor stag; and the fattest, I think, i'55 The several chairs of order look you scour the forest: Send me a cool rut-time, Jove, or who With juice of balın, and every precious flower: can blame me to piss my tallow'? Who comes
Each fair instalment coat, and several crest, herei my doe?
(With loyal blazou, evermore be blest! "A technical phrase spoken of bucks who grow lean after rutting-time, and may be applied to men. Potatoes, when they were first introduced in England, were supposed to be strong provocatives. • Sugar pluins perfum'd to make the breath sweet. * That is, for the keeper of this district. By custom, the shoulders and humbles were a perquisite of the keeper's. * The whortleberry, called bilberry in Staffordshire, and on which the More game feed. • That is, elevate her ideas above sensual desires and imaginations. Wholsome here signifies entire or perfect.