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tardly rogue!-Murder, murder! O thou honey llong they should call me madam ? And didst thou suckle villain: wilt thou kill God's officers, and not kiss me, and bid me fetch thee thirty shilings? the king's? O thou honey-seed' rogue! thou art I put thee now to thy book-oath; deny it, if thou a honey-seed; a man-yueller, and a woman- raust. queller.

5 Fal. My lord, this is a poor mad soul; and she Fal. Keep them off, Bardolph.

ays, up and down the town, that her eldest son is Phang. A rescue! a rescue!

puke you: she hath been in good case, and, the Host. Good people, bring a rescue or two. truth is, poverty hath distracted her. But for 'Thou wo't, wo't thou? thou wo't, wo't thou? these fuolish officers, I beseech you, I may have do, do, thou rogue ! thou hemp-seed!

10 redress against them. Fal. Away, you scullion! you rampalliano! | Ch. Just. Sir John, Sir John, I am well acyou fustilarian?! I'll tickle your catastrophe. I quainted with your manner of wrenching the true Enter the Chief Justice, attended.

cause the false way. It is not a confident brow, Ch. Just. What's the matter? keep the peace nor the throng of words that come with such more here, ho!

15 than impudent sawciness from you, can thrust me Host. Good my lord, be good to me! I beseech from a level consideration ; I know you have you, stand to me!

practis'd upon the easy-yielding spirit of this woCh. Just. How now, Sir John? what are you man, and made her serve your uses both in purse brawling here?

and person. Doth this become your place, your time, and bu-20 Host. Yes, in troth, my lord. siness?

Ch. Just. Prythee peace:-Pay her the debt you You should have been well on your way to York. - Jowe her, and unpay the villainy you have done Stand from him, fellow: Wherefore hang'st thou her; the one you may do with sterling money, on him?

and the other with current repentance. Host. O my most worshipfullord, au'please your 25 Fal. My lord, I will not undergo this sneap grace, I am a poor widow of East-cheap, and he without reply. You call honourable boldness, is arrested at my suit.

inpudent sawciness : if a man will make curt'sy, Ch. Just. For what sum?

and say nothing, he is virtuous: No, my lord, my Host. It is more than for some, my lord; it is humble duty remember'd, I will not be your for all, all I have: he hath eaten me out of house 30 suitor; I say to you, I do desire deliverance from and hoine; he bath put ail my substance into that these officers, being upon hasty employment in fat belly of his:-bit I will have some of it out the king's atlairs. again, or I'll ride thee o'nights, like the mare. 1 Ch. Just. You speak as having power to do

Ful. I think, I am as like to ride the mare, if wrong: but answer in the effect of your reputaI have any vantage of ground to get up. 135|tion', and satisfy the poor woinan.

Ch. Just. How comes this, Sir John? Fie! Fal. Come hither, hostess. [Taking her aside, what man of good temper would endure this tem

Entra Messenger. pest of exclamation? Are you not asham’d to en Ch. Just. Now, master Gower; What news! force a poor widow to so rough a course to come Gower. The king, my lord, and Henry prince of by her own?

140 Are pear at hand: the rest the paper tells. (Wales Fal. What is the gross sum that I owe thee? Fal. As I am a gentleman,

Host. Marry, if thou wert an honest man, thy- Host. Nay, you said so before. self, and the money too. Thou didst swear to me Fal. As I am a gentleinan; Come, no more upon a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my Dolphin-1 words of it. chamber, at the round table, by a sea-coal fire, on 45 Host. By this heavenly ground I trear on, I Wednesday in Whitsun-week, when the prince must be fain to pawn both my plate, and the tabroke thy head for likening his father to a singing- pestry of my dining-chambers. man of Windsor ; thou didst swear to ine then, as Ful. Glasses, glasses, is the only drivking: and I was washing thy wound, to marry me, and make for thy walls,-a pretty slight drollery, or the me my lady thy wife. Canst thou deny it? Did not 50 story of the prodigal, or the German hunting in goodwife Keech, the butcher's wile, come in then, water-worko, is worth a thousand of these bed. and call me gossip Quickly? coming in to borrow! Thangings, and these fly-bitten tapestries. Let it a mess' of vinegar; telling us, she had a good be ton pound if thou canst. Come, if it were not dish of prawns; whereby thou didst desire to eat for thy humours, there is not a better wench in some: whereby I told thee, they were ill for a 55 England. Go, wash thy face, and draw thy action: green wound? And didst thou not, when she was come, thou must not be in this humour with me; gone down stairs, desire me to be no more so fa- do'st not know me? Come, come, I know thou miliarity with such poor people; saying, that erel wast set on to this.

* The landlady's corruption of homicidal and homicide. ? Meaning perhaps, you ramping riotous strumpet, speaking to the hostess. * Addressing himself to the officer, whose weapon of defence is a cudgel (from fustis, a club), not being entitled to wear a sword. parcel-gilt goblet is a goblet only gilt over, not of solid gold. 5 A mess seems in those days to have been a common term for a şınall proportion of any thing belonging to the kitchen. Sncap siguities check. That is, in a manner suitable to your eharacter. i. e, in water colours.


Host. Pray thee, Sir John, let it be but twentyi remember thy name? or to know thy face tonobles; I am loth to pawn my plate, in good morrow? or to take note how many pair of silk earnest, la.

stockings thou hast; riz. these, and those that fal. Let it alone; I'll make other shift ; you'll were the peach-colour'd ones? or to bear the inbe a fool still.

5 ventory of thiy shirts; as, one for superfluity, and Host. Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my one other for use? - But that, the tennis-courtgown. I hope, you'll come to supper: You'll payl keeper knows better than I; for it is a low ebb of me all together

llinen with thee, when thou keepest not racket Ful. Will I live?-Go, with her, with her; there; as thou hast not done a great while, behook on, hook on..

[To the Officers. 10 cause the rest of thy low-countries have made a Host. Will you have Doll Tear-sheet meet you shift to eat up thy holland: and God knows, wheat supper?

ther those that bawl out the ruins oi thy linen, shall Fül. No more words; let's have her.

Jinherit his kingdom: but the midwives say, the Ereunt Hostess, Burdolph, Ollicers, 8c. children are not in the fauit; whereupon the world Ch. Just. I have heard better news.

15 encreases, and kindreds are mightily strengthen'd. Ful. What's the news, my good lord? Il Poins. How ili it follows, after you have laCh. Just. Where lay the king last night? bour'd so hard, you should talk so idly! Telline, Gower. At Basingstoke, my lord.

how inany good young princes would do so, their Ful. I hope, my lord, all's well: What's the fathers being so sick as yours at this time is? news, my lord ?

201 P. Henry. Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins ? Ch. Just. Come all his forces back?

| Poins. Yes; andlet it be an excellent good thing. Guuer. No; fifteen hundred foot, five hundred | P.Ilenry. It shall serve among wits of no higher horse, .

breeding than thine. Are march'd up to my lord of Lancaster, | Poins. Goto; I stand the push of your one thing Against Northumberland and the archbishop. 25 that you will tell.

Tul. Comes the king back from Wales, my no- P. Henry. Why, I tell thee, it is not meet that ble lord?

Į I should be sad, now my father is sick: albeit I Ch. Just. You shall have letters of me presently: could tell to thee, (as to one it pleases me, for Come, go along with me, good master Gower. fault of a better, to call iny friend) I could be sad, Ful. My lord!

30 and sad indeed too. Ch. Just. What's the matter?

| Poins. Very hardly, upon such a subject. Fal. Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me P. Hinru. By this hand, thou think'st me as far to dinner?

in the devil's book, as thou, and Falctatf, for obGoror. I must wait upon my good lord liere: 1 duracy, and presistency: Let the end try the man. thank you, good Sir John.

35 But I tell thee,--my heart bles-ds jowardly, that Ch. Just. Sir John, you loiter here too long, be- my father is so sick: and keeping such vile coming you are to take soldiersupin countiesas you go.1 Ipany as thou art, hath in reason taken from me

Fal. Will you sup with me, master Gower? Jall ostentation of sorrow.

Ch. Jilst, What foolish master taught you these Poins. The reason? manners, Sir John?

40 P. Henry. What would thou think of me, if lind. Master Gower, if they become me not, he lI should weep? was a fool that taught them me.--This is the righel Poils. I would think thee a most princely hy. fencing grace, my lord; lap for tap, and so parttair. Ipocrite.

Ch. Just. Now the Lord lighten thee! ilou art | P. Henry. It would be every inan's thosht: a great fool,

[Excunt 45 and thou art a blessed fellow, to trink as every SCENE II.

man thinks: never a man's thought in te world Continues in London.

keeps the road-way better than thine: every man

would think me an hypocriteindeel. And what Enter Prince Henry and Poins.

accites your most worshipful thought to think so? P. Henry. Trust ine, I am exceeding weary. 50! Poins. Why, because you have been so lewd, · Poins. Is it come to that? I had thought, weal and so much engrafted to Falstait. riness durst not have attach'd one of su high blooii P. Henry. A to ibee. · P. Henry. 'Faith, it does me; though it discol Poins. Nay, by this light, I am well spoken of, lours the complexion of my greainess to acknow I can hear it with my own ears: the worst that ledge it. Doch it not shew vilely in me, to desire o rey can say of me is, that I am a second brother, small-beer?

and that I am a proper ? fellow of my hands; and Poins. Why, a prince should not be so loosely those two things, I confess, I cannot heip. Look, studied, as to remember so weak a composition: I look, here comes Bardolph.

P. Henry. Belike then, my appetite was noi' PHenry. And the boy that I gave Falstaff: he princely got; for, in troth, I do now remember 60 hac! him from me christian; and see, if the fat vilthe poor creature, small-beer. But, indeed, thesa lain have not transform'd him ape. humble considerations inake me out of love with

Enter Bardolph, and Page. my grçalness. What a disgrace is it to me, tol | Burd. 'Save your grace!

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serve thee.

P. Henry. And yours, most noble Bardolph! I l for he misuses thy farours so much, that he streary

Bard. [to the Page.] Come, you virtuous ass, Thou art to marry his sister Vell. Repentar icic you bashful fool, n:us. you se blushing? Where- limes as thou mui'st, and so farewell. Thin, fore blush you now? What a maicenly man al tea and nn, (which is as much as to say, as thos arms are you beconie? Is it such a malier, to get usest him) Jack Falstati, with my familiars; Jota a pottie-pot's maiden-head?

T ith m'; brothers and sisters; and Sir jokn, siis Page. He call'd nie even now, my lord, through att Europe. My lord, I will steep this letter a a red lattice, and I could discern no part of his facel sack, and make him cat it. from the window : at last, i spy'u nis eyes; and P. Henry. That's to make him eat twenty of ba methought le had marie tuo holes in the aie !0 words. But do you use me tbus, Ned? mut I wife's new petticoat, and peep'd through. I marry your sister? P. Henry. Hath not the boy profited?

Poivis. May the wench have no worse fortune Bard. Away, you whoreson upright rabbet, but I never said so.

P. Henry. Well, thus we play the fool with the Page. Away, you rascally Althea's dream, 15 time; and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds, away!

land mockus.--I your master here in London! P. Henry. Instruct us, boy': What dream, boy 1 Burd. Yes, my lord.

Page. Marry, my lord, 'Althea dream'd she | P. Henry. Where sups he? doih the old boar was deliver'd of a firebrand; and therefore I call feed in the old frank?

(cheap. him her dream.


201 Bard. At the old place, my lord; in East P. Henry. A crown's worth of good interpreta: P. Henry. What company? tion.—There it is, boy. [Gires him money. | Page. Ephesians", my lord; of the old church.

Poins. (), that this good blossom could be kept P. Henry. Sup any women with him? from cankers! Well, there is six-pence to pre- Puge. None, my lord, but old mistress Quick

25ly, and mistress Doll Tear-sheet. Bard. An you do not make him be hang'di P. Henry. What pagan' may that be? among you, the gallows shall bave wrong.

Page. A proper geutiewoman, sir, and a kins. P. Henry. And how doth thy master, Bardolph: woman of my master's.

Bard. Well, my good lord. Ale heard of vouri P. Henry. Even such kin, as the parislı heifers grace's coming to town; there's a letter for you. 30 are to the town bull.--Shall we steal upon them, P. Henry. Deliver'd with good respect. - And Wed, at supper?

rou. how doth the martlemas' your master?

| Poins. I am vour shadow, my lord; I'll follow Bard. In bodily health, sir.

T P . Henry. Sirrah, you boy,--and Bardoiph;· Poins. Marry, the immortal part needs a phr- no word to your master, that I am yet come to sician: but that moves not him; though that be 33 town: There's for your silence. sick, it dies not.

Bard. I have no tongue, sir. P. Henry. I do allow this wen’ to be as familiar | Page. And for mine, sir, I will govern it. with me as my dog: and he holds his place; for, P. Henry. Fare ye well; go.-This Doll Tearlook you, how he writes,

į Isheet should be some road. Poins reads. John Fulstull; knighi,---Every 10 Poins. I warrant you, as common as the way man must know that, as oft as he haths occasion to between St. Alban's and London. name himself. Even like those that are kin to the P. IIenry. How might we see Falstaff bestow king; for they never prick their finger, but they bhimself to-night in his true colours, and not oursay, There is some of the king's blood spili.-11475 seives be seen? comes that ? says he', that takes upon him not to 15 Poins. Put on two leather jerkins, and aprons, conceive: the answer is as ready as a borrow- and wait upon him at lis table as drawers. er's cap'; I am the king's poor cousin, sir.

P Tlenry. From a god to a bull? a beavy deP. Plenry. Nay, they will be kin w us, or they sconsjon! it was Jove's case. From a prince to a will fetch it froin Japhet. But to the letter:- lprentice: a low transformation! that shall be

Poins. Sir John Fulstur, knight, to the son of 50 inine: for, in every thing, the purpose must weigh the king, nearest his father, Iturry prince of with the folly. Follow ine, Ned. Excunt. Wales, greeting.-Why, this is a certificate.

'S CE NE III. P. Henry. Peace!

Farhuorth Castle. Poins. I žvill imitate the honourable Roman'in Enter Northumberland, Lady Northumberland, brerity:-sure he means brevity in breath; short-50

und Lady Percy. winded.1 commend me to thce', I commend thee, North. I pray thee, loving wife, and gentle and I leuve thce. Be not too familiar with Poins ;l ' daughter, .

? That is, the autumn, or rather the latter spring; meaning, the old fellow with juvenile passions. Hartlemas is corrupted from llartinmus, the feast of St. Murtin, the eleventh of November. .i. e. this tunid excrescence of a man. Warburton explains this allusion by observing, that a man who goes to borrow money, is of all others the most coniplaisant; his cap is always at hand. By the honourable Roman is probably intended Julius Cæsar, whose teni, vidi, vici, seems to be alluded to in the beginning of the letter. Frank is sty. Probably the cant word in those times for topers. 'The caut word perhaps for prostitute.

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Give even way unto my rough affairs :

Then join yon with them, like a rib of steel, Put not you on the visage ot the times,

To make strength stronger ; but, for all our loves, And be, like them, to Percy troublesome.

First let them try themselves: So did your son ; L North. I have given over, I will speak nol He was so suffer'd; so came I a widow; more:

15 And never shall have length of life enough, Do what you will; your wisdom be your guide. | To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes,

North. Alas, sweet wife, my honour is at pawn; 'hat it may grow and sprout as high as heaven, And, but my going, nothing can redeem it. 1 For recordation to my noble husband. [mind L. Percy. Oh, yet, for heaven's sake, go not to North. Come, come, go in with me: 'tis with iny these wars!

110 As with the tide swell'd up unto its height,
The time was, father, that you broke your word That makes a still stand, running neither way.
When you were more endear'd to it than now; Fain would I go to meet the archbishop,
When yourown Percy,when my heart'sdearlarry, But many thousand reasons hold me back:-
Threw many a northward look, to see his father I will resolve for Scotland; there am I,
Bring up his powers; but he did long' in vain. 115/'Till timeand vantagecravemy company.[Excunt.
Who then persuaded you to stay at home?

There weretwohonourslost; yours, and your son's.
For yours,—may heavenly glory brighten it!

For his,-it stuck upon him, as the sun

The Boar's Head Tavern in East-cheap. In the grey vault of heaven: anıl, by his light,

Enter trio Drawers. Did all the chivalry of England move

i Draw. What the devil hast thou brought To do brave acts: he was, indeed, the glass there? apple-Johns? Thou know'st, Sir John Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves. I cannot endure an apple-John'. He had no legs, that practis'd not his gait: I 2 Draw. Mass, thou say'st true: The prince And speakingthick, which naturemade his blenish, 25 once set a dish of apple-Johns before him, and told Became the accents of the valiant;

bim, there were five more Sir Johns; and, putting For those that could speak low, and tardily, off his bat, said, I will now take my leave of these Would turn their own perfection to abuse,

sir dry, round, old, wither'd knights. It anger'd To seem like him: So that, in speech, in gait, him to the heart; but he hath forgot that. In diet, in attections of delight, .

301 i Draty. Why, then, cover, and set them down: In military rules, huniours of blood,

And see if thou can’st find out Sneak’s* noise; He was the mark and glass, copy and book,

mistress Tear-sheet would fain hear some music. That fashion'dothers. And him, --O wondrous bim!! Dispatch :-The room where they supp'd is too O miracle of men !-him did you leave,

hot; they'll come in straight. (Second to none, unseconded by you)

35] 2 Draw. Sirrah, here will be the prince and To look upon the hideous god of war

master Poins anon: and they will put on two of In disadvantage; to abidle a field,

our jerking, and aprons; and Sir John must not Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name know it: Bardolph hath brought word. Did scem de ensible:-50 you left him:

i Drau. Then here will be old utis': It will Never, O nerer, do his ghost the wrong, 140|be an excellent stratagem. To hold your houour more precise and nice

2 Draw. I'll see, if I can find out Sneak. Erit. With others, than with him; let them alone;

Enter Hostess and Doll Tear-sheet. The marshal, and the archbishop, are strong:

Host. Sweet-heart, methinks you are now in an llad my sweet Harry had but bail their numbers, Jexcellent good temperality: your pulsidge beats as To-day might I, hanging on Hotspur's neck, 45 extraordinarily as heart would desire; and your Hace talk'd of Voninouth's grave.

colour, I warrant you, is as red as any rose: But, North. Beskrew your heart,

Ti faith, you have drank too much canaries; and Fair daughter! you do draw my spirits from me, Ithat's a marvellous searching wine, and it perWith new lamenting ancient oversights. I fumes the blood ere we can say, What's this? But I must go, and meet with danger there; 150 Ilow do you now? Or it will seek me in another place,

Dol. Better than I was. Hem. And find me worse provided.

Host. Why, that was well said ; A good heart's L. North. O, Hy to Scotland,

| worth gold. Look, here comes Sir John. 'Till that the nobles, and the armed commons,

Enter Fulstuff. Have of their puissance made a little taste. 35 Fal. Il'hen Arthur first in court-Empty the jor.

. Percy. If they get ground and vantage of dan—and was a worthy king: How now, mistress . the king,

I IDoll?

. [Erit Drawer. 'Thcobald conjectures that the poet wrote look in vain. ? Alluding to the plant, rosemary, so called, and used in funerals. This apple wili keep two years, but becomes very wrinkled and shrivelled. “Dr. Johnson says, Sneak was a street niinstrel, and therefore the drawer goes out to listen if he can hear him in the neighbourhood. A noise of musicians anciently signified a concert or company of them. Falstaff addresses them as a company in another scene of this play. Utis, a word yet in use in some counties, signiiving a merry festival, from the French huit, octo, ab A. S. Ealt., octava festi alicujus. Oldutis signities festivity in a great degree,


Host. Host. Sick of a calm': vea, good sooth. II Host. Tilly-fally, Sir John, never tell me; your

Fal. So is all her sect; it they be once in a incient swaggerer comes not in my dvors. I was calm, they are sick.

before master Tisick, the deputy, the other day: Dol. You muddy rascal, is that all the comfort and, as he said to me,-it was no longer ago than you give me?

15 Wednesdavlaste-Neighbour Quichly, says ht;Ful. You make fat rascals', mistress Doll. master Dumb, our minister, was by then;

Dol. I make them! gluttony and diseases make Veighbour Quickily, says hie, recrite those that are them; I make them riot.

Kiril; for, saith he, you are in an ili ruune :-nos Ful. If the cook help to inake the gluttony, you the said so, I can tell whereupon; for, says he, you help to make the diseases, Doll: we catch of you, liofare an honest iroman, and will though on ; there Doll, we catch of you; grant that, my poor virtue, tore take heed zhut guesís you receive : Receite, giant that.

says he, no suuggering companions. There Dol. Ay, marry ; our chains, and our jewels. comes none here:- you would bless you to hear

Fal. Your brooches, pearls, and orchest;--for what he said:-10, l'll no swaggerers. to serve bravely, is to come balting oil, youli5 val. He's no swaggerir, bortess; a tame cheatknow: To come off the breach with his pike benil ler", he; you may stroak him as gently as a pupbravely, and to surgery bravely; to venture upon pr-greyhound: be will not swagger with a Barbathe charg'I chambers' bravely :

ry hen, it her feathers turn back in any shew of Dol. Hang yourself, you muddy conger, hang resistance. ---Call him up, drauer. yourself!

1201 Host. Cheater, call you binn? I will bar no hoHost. Wly, this is the old fashion; you two nest man my house, por no clieater": But I do never meet, but you fall to some discord: you are moulove swaggering, by my troth; I am the wore, both, in good troth, as rheumatic as two dril when one says-Swagger ; feel, masters how I toasts’; you cannot ope bear with another's con- shake; look you, I warrant yoli. firmities. What the good-jere! one must bear, 251 Dol. So you do, hostess. and that must be you: you are the weaker vessel, | Host. Dol? yea, in very truth, do I, an 'twere as they say, the emptier vessel. (To Doll. an aspen leaf: I cannot abide swaggerers.

Dol. Can a weak einpty vessel bear such a bugel Enter Pistol, Burdoph, and Page. full hogshead? There's a whole merchant's venturel Pist. 'Save you, Sir John! of Bourdeaux sturi in him; you have not seen a 30 Ful, Welcome, ancient Pistol. Here, Pistol, I hulk better stul'd in the hold. Come, I'll be charge you with a cup of sack: do you discharge friends with tee, Jack: thou art a going to the lupon mine hostess. wars; and whether I shall ever see thee again, orl Pist. I will discharge upon her, Sir John, with no, there is nobody cares.

two bullets. Re-enter Druzer.

33 ful. She is pistol-proof, sir; you shall hardly Drawe. Sir, ancient Pistol's below, and would speak with you.

1/ost. Come, I'll drink no proofs, vor no bullets: Dül. llang him, swaggering rascall let him not I'll drink no more than will do me good, for no come bither: it is the foul-outh'dst rogue in man's pleasure, I". England.

140 Pist. Then to you, mistress Dorothy; I will Host. If he swagger, let him not come here: charge you. no, by my faith; I must live amongst my neigla | Dol. Charge me; I scorn you, scurvy compabours; l'il no swaggerers: I am in good name and Inion! What! your pour, base, rascally, cheating, fame with the very best:-Shut the door ;-herrl lach-linen mate! Away, you inouldy rugue, away! comes no swaggerers here; I have not liv'd all thi | jlaw meat for your master. while, to have swaggering now;--shut the door Pist. I now you, mistress Dorothy. I pray you.

Dol. Avay, you cut-purse rascall you filthy Fal. Dost thou hear, hostess?

bung!?, away ; by this wine, I'll thrust my Host. Pray you, pacity yourself, Sir John: there knite in yous mouidy chaps, an vou play the sauce comes no swaggerers here.

50 cuttle with me. Away! you bouile-ale rascal! Ful. Dost thou hear? it is mine ancient. 1 Iyou basket-hilt stale juggler, you !-Since when, I

'Meaning, probably, of a qualm. That is, her profession; or perhaps ser may be meant. Falstaiť aliudes to a phrase of ihe forest. Leun deer are called ruscal deer. He tell her she calls him wrong, for being fut, he cannot be a rascal. - This is a line in an old song. Brooches were chains of gold that women wore formerly about their necks. Ozoches were bosses of gold set with diamonds. Instead of gold and diamonds Falstaff intends to describe the several stages of the venereal disease. * To understand this quibble, it is necessary to observe, that a chainber signifies not only an apartment, but a piece of ordinance. A chamber is likewise that part of a mine where the powder is lodged.

Rheumatic, in the cant language of those times, signified capricious, humoursome. Which cannot meet but they grate one another. Ancient Pistol is the same as Ensign Pistol. 'Gamester and cheater were, in Shakspeare's age, synonimous terus. The humour of this consists in the woman's inistaking the title of chruter (or gamester) for that ofiicer of the exchequer called an escheator, well known to the common people of that tine; and named, either corruptly or satiricaliy, a cheater. "The duplication of the pronoun was very common). The French still use this idiom- Je suis Pari. sien, moi. In the cent of thievery, to nip a bung was to cut a purse. "Cuttle and cuttle-boung were the cant terms for the knife used by the sharpers of that age to cut the bottoms of purses, which vore the worn bancing at the girdle.


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