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For I had rather wink than look on them. [Aside. These are my mates, that make their wills their law,
Thu. How likes she my discourse?
Pro. Ill, when you talk of war.

Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and

Have some unhappy passenger in chase:
They love me well; yet I have much to do,
To keep them from uncivil outrages.
Withdraw thee, Valentine: who's this comes here?
[Steps aside.

Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your


Thu. What says she to my valor?
Pro. 0, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.

Thu. What says she to my birth?
Pro. That you are well derived.

Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool.
Thu. Considers she my possessions?
Pro. 0, ay; and pities them.

Thu. Wherefore!

Jul. That such an ass should owe them.
Pro That they are out by lease.
Jul. Here comes the duke.

That would have forc'd your honor and your love Aside. Vouchsafe me for my meed but one fair fook;

A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give.
Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear!


[Aside. Love, lend me patience to forbear a while.
Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!
Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came;
But, by my coming, I have made you happy.
Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most

Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your

Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
I would have been a breakfast to the beast,
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
whose life's as tender to me as my soul;
O. heaven be judge how I love Valentine,
And full as much (for more there cannot be)
I do detest false perjur'd Proteus;
Therefore begone, solicit me no more.

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to

Would I not undergo for one calm look?
O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd,
When women cannot love where they're belov'd.
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's

Enter DUKE.

Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio?
Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?
Thu. Not I.

Nor I.


Saw you my daughter?

Duke. Why, then, she's fled unto that peasant

And Eglamo ir is in her company.

'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,
As he in penance wander'd through the forest:
Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;
But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:
Besides, she did intend confession

At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not :
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,
Bet mount you presently; and meet with me
Upon the rising of the mountain foot

That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled:
Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
Tau. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
That flies her fortune when it follows her:


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Out. Come, come;

be patient, we must bring you to our captain.
S. A thousand more mischances than this one
Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.

2 Out. Come, bring her away.

1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her?
3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us,
But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.

Ge thou with her to the west end of the wood,
There is our captain; we'll follow him that's fled;
The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape.

1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's

Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, (Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) To hazard life, and rescue you from him


Fear not; he bears an honorable mind,
And will not use a woman lawlessly.
Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Another part of the Forest.

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man!
This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
better brook than flourishing peopled towns:
Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,
Tune my distresses, and record my woes.
0 thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
And leave no memory of what it was!
Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain!-
What halloing, and what stir is this to-day?



▾ Careless.

Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,
For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith
Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
Descended into perjury, to love me.

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst two,
And that's far worse than none; better have none
Than plural faith, which is too much by one:
Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!

In love,


Who respects friend?

All men but Proteus.

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Can no way change you to a milder form,
I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end;
And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you.
Sil. O heaven!

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I am sorry, I must never trust thee more,
But count the world a stranger for thy sake.
The private wound is deepest: O time, most curst!
'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst!
Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.-
Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow
Be a sufficient ransom for offence.
I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
As e'er I did commit.

Then I am paid;
And once again I do receive thee honest:
Who by repentance is not satisfied,

Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd;
By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd:-
And, that my love may appear plain and free,
All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee.
Jul. O me unhappy!


Pro. Look to the boy.

Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what is the matter?

Felt, experienced.

Look up; speak. Jul.

O good sir, my master charg'd me To delive a ring to madam Silvia; Which, out of my neglect, was never done. Pro. Where is that ring, boy? Jul. Here 'tis this is it. [Gives a ring. Pro. How! let me see: Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Jul. O, cry your mercy, sir, I have mistook; This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

[Shows another ring. Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at my depart,

I gave this unto Julia.

Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Pro. How! Julia!

Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths,
And entertain'd them deeply in her heart:
How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ?
O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush!
Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me
Such an immodest raiment; if shame live
In a disguise of love:

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
Women to change their shapes, than men their


Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true: O heaven!

were man

Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins:
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy
More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?
Val. Come, come, a hand from either:
Let me be blest to make this happy close;
"Twere pity two such friends should be long foes.
Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for


But constant, he were perfect: that one error

Fills him with faults; makes him run through all They are reformed, civil, full of good
And fit for great employment, worthy lord.
Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them, and


Jul. And I have mine.

Come not within the measure of my wrath:3
Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,
Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands
Take but possession of her with a touch;-
I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.-

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger
His body for a girl that loves him not:
I claim her not, and therefore she is thine.

Enter Outlaws, with DUKE and THURIO.
A prize, a prize, a prize!
Val. Forbear. I say; it is my lord the duke.
Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac`d,
Banished Valentine.


Sir Valentine!

Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine.
Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death;

1 Direction.

An allusion to cleaving the pin in archery.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
To make such means for her as thou hast done,
And leave her on such slight conditions.-
Now, by the honor of my ancestry,
I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
And think thee worthy of an empress' love.
Know then, I here forget all former griefs,
Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.-
Plead a new state in thy unrivall'd merit,
To which I thus subscribe,-sir Valentine,
Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her,
Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake,
To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.

Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be.
Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept withal,
Are men endued with worthy qualities;
Forgive them what they have committed here,
And let them be recall'd from their exile:

Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts.
Come, let us go; we will includes all jars
With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold,
With our discourse to make your grace to smile:
What think you of this page, my lord?

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him: he


Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than

Duke. What mean you by that saying?
Vul. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,
That you will wonder what hath fortuned ———
Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to near
The story of your loves discovered:
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

a Length of my sword.

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SCENE I-Windsor. Before Page's House. Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir HUGH EVANS.

Shal. Sin HUGA, persuade me not; I will make a Star-chamber matter of it; if he were twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shaf

low, esquire.
Sen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace,

and coram.

Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. Sen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman born, master parson; who writes himself armigero; im any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armiShal. Ay, that we do: and have done any time these three hundred years.


Sen. All his successors, gone before him, have donet; and all his ancestors, that come after him, may: they may give the dozen white luces in their

1 Shal. It is an old coat.

Era. The dozen white louses do become an old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar beast to man, and signifies - love. Sh. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is N an old coat.


between you.

Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot.

A title formerly appropriated to chaplains.
Castos Rotulorum.
By our.

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 a riot; take your vizaments in that.

Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.

end it: and there is also another device in my prain,
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and
it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to
which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with
master George Page, which is pretty virginity.

and speaks small like a woman.
Sten. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair,

just as you will desire: and seven hundred pounds
Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as
of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire,
upon his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resur-
rections!) give, when she is able to overtake seven-
teen years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave
our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage
between master Abraham and mistress Anne Page.
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred

Eva. Ay,and her father is make her a petter penny Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts.

Sten. I may quarter, coz?
Shal. You may, by marrying.

En. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
Shal. Not a whit.

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar

Era. Yes, py'ra lady; if he has a quarter of

as I do despise one that is false; or as I despise

Your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures: but this is all one: if Sir

one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there. and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers

John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto I will peat the door [knocks] for master Page. you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my What, hoa! pless your house here! Senevolence, to make atonements and compromises

Enter PAGE.

Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is good gifts.

Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Falstaff there?

Page. Who's there?

Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend,

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Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good office between you.

Eva. It is spoke as a Christian ought to speak. Shal. He bath wrong'd me, master Page. Page. Sir. he doth in some sort confess it. Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me; indeed, he hath;-at a word, he hath ;-- believe me; -Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd. Puge. Here comes sir John.


Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of me to the king?

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter. Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd. Fal. I will answer it straight; -I have done all this: That is now answer'd.

Shul. The council shall know this.

Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in counsel: you'll be laugh'd at.

Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts. Fal. Good worts! good cabbage.- Slender, I broke your head; What matter have you against me? Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against you; and against your coney-catching rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket.

Bar. You Banbury cheese!

Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Pist. How, now, Mephostophilus ?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Num. Slice, I say, pauca, pauca; slice! that's

'ny humor.

Sten. Where's Simple, my man? —can you tell,


Era. Peace: I pray you! Now let us understand: There is three umpires in this matter as I understand: that is-master Page, fidelicet, master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter. Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between


Eva. Fery goot: I will make a brief of it in my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we can.

Fal. Pistol,

Pist. He hears with ears.

Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I might never come in mine own great chamber again else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost ine two shillings and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.

Cotswold in Gloucestershire.

Worts was the ancient naine of all the cabbage kind.
Nothing but paring!
The name of an ugly spirit.

King Edward's shilling used in the game of shuffleboard

Fal. Is this true. Pistol?
Era. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Pist. Ha. thou mountain-foreigner! - Sir John,
and master mine,

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :2
Word of denial in thy labras here;
Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.

Sen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humors: I will say, marry trap, with you if you run the nuthook's humor on me; that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: for though I cannot remember what I did when you made ine drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John?

Bar. Why, sir. for my part, I say, the gentlen.an had drunk himself out of his five sentences.

Era. It is his five senses: fie, what the ignorance is!

Bar. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too: but 13 no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen; you hear it.

Enter Mistress ANNE PAGE with wine; Mistress

FORD and Mistress PAGE following.

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within. [Exit ANNE PAGE. Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford? Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very

well met: by your leave, good mistress. Kissing her.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

[Exeunt all but SHAL., SLENDER, and EVANS Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of Songs and Sonnets here:


wait on myself, must I? You have not The Book How now, Simple! where have you been? I must of Riddles about you, have you?

to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortSim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend it night afore Michaelmas

Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A word with you, coz; marry, this, coz; There is. as 'twere a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off

by sir Hugh here;-Do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; i it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Shal. Nay, but understand me. Slen. So I do, sir.

Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Sten. Nay I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his country, simple though I stand here.

is concerning your marriage. Era. But this is not the question; the question

Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.

Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis

tress Anne Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon any reasonable demands.

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the mouth; — Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her? Slen. I hope, sir.-I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies! you must 2 Blade as thin as a lath.

If you say I am a thief.

The bounds of good behavior.

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speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good dowry, marry her!

Sen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon Four request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can you Love the maid?


Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:-
I were young, for your sake, mistress Anne!
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father
desires your worships' company.

Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
Era. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at
the grace. [Exeunt SHALLOw and Sir H. EVANS.
Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir!
Sten. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am

very well.

Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. Sien. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon my cousin Shallow: [Erit SIMPLE. A justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for Aman:-I keep but three men and a boy yet, till my mother be dead: But what though? yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

Anne. I may not go in without your worship: they will not sit till you come.

Sen. I faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as much as though I did.

Sten. I will marry her, gir, at your request; but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married, and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt; but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Enter FALSTAFF, Host, BARDOLPH, NYM, PISTOL, dissolutely.

and ROBIN.

Era. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the faul' is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely: his meaning is good. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. Sten. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. Re-enter ANNE PAGE.

Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.

Sen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so! be there bears i' the town? Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them talked of.

Sen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any man in England:- You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not?

Anne. Ay, indeed, sir.

Sten. That's meat and drink to me now: I have Pen Sackerson loose, twenty times: and have taken him by the chain: but. I warrant you, the women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it pass d-but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; they are ill-favored, rough things.

house, which is the way: and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry his washer, and his wringer.

Sim. Well, sir.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet:give her this let ter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, to desire and to require her to solicit your master's de sires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you begone. I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come. [Exeuni. SCENE III-A Room in the Garter Inn.

Fal. Mine host of the Garter.

Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak schol. arly, and wisely.

Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of my followers.

Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier: let them wag: trot, trot.

Pist. Two yards and more.

Fal. No quips now. Pistol; indeed I am in the waist two yards about; but I am now about no waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation; I can construe the action of her familiar style; and the hardest voice of her beha

Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.

Host. Thou art an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and
Pheezar. I will entertain Bardelph; he shall draw,
he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector?
Fal. Do so, good mine host.

Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me see
thee froth, and lime: I am at a word; follow.
(Exit Host.
Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good
trade; an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a with-
ered servingman, a fresh tapster; Go, adien.

Bar. It is a life that I have desired; I will thrive. [Exit BARD. Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield?

Num. He was gotten in drink: is not the humor conceited? His mind is not heroic, and there's the humor of it.

Fal. I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box; his thefts were too open: his filching was like an unskilful singer, he kept not time.

Nym. The good humor is, to steal at a minute's rest.

Pist. Convey, the wise it call: Steal! foh, a fico for the phrase!

Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.

Pist. Why then let kibes ensue.

Fal. There is no remedy; must coney-catch: I must shift.

Pist. Young ravens must have food.

Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.
Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am


Re-enter PAGE.

Sen. Nay, pray you, lead the way.

Page. Come on, sir.

Sen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.

Anne. Not I, sir, pray you, keep on.
Sien. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la; I will
not do you that wrong.

Anne. I pray you, sir.
Sten. I'll rather be unmannerly than trouble-
me; you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. [Exeunt.
SCENE II- The same.


Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Dr. Caius'

Three set-tos, bouts, or hits.

The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Garden, Southwark. 1 Surpassed all expression.

Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we vior, to be English'd rightly, is, I am Sir John Kay for you

Sen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir.

Paze. By cock and pye, you shall not choose,

sir: come, come.


Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated her well; out of honesty into English.

Num. The anchor is deep: will that humor pass? Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of her husband's purse; she hath legions of angels. Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her, bou, say I.

Num. The humor rises; it is good: humor me the angels.

Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and
here another to Page's wife; who even now gave
me good eyes too; examin'd my parts with most
judicious evliads: sometimes the beam of her view
gilded my foot, sometimes my portly belly.
Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine.
Num. I thank thee for that humor.

Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with
2 For Hungarian.
3 Fig.

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