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such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her good young man; go into this closet, (Shuts SIM. eye did seem to scorch me up 1 ke a burning-glass! Ple in the closet.j He will not stay long - What, Here's another letter to her: she bears the purse John Rugby! John, what, John, I say! - Go, John, too; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. go enquire for my master; I doubt he be not well, I will be chearers to them both, and they shall be that the comes not home: and down, doun, exchequcrs to me; they shall be my East and West adown-a, &c.

[Sings. Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to

Enter Doctor Caius. mistress Ford. we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitur

Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not like dese toys; And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all! verd; a box, a green-a box; Do intend vat I speak! Nym. I will run no base humor; here, take the

a green-a box. humor letter; I will keep the 'havior of reputation. I he went not in himself; if he had found the young

Quick. Ay forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad Fal. Hold, sirrah, [To Rox.l bear you these man, he would have been horn-mad. letters tightly;"

Asid. Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.

Cains. Fe, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chauk. Rogues, hence avaunt! vanish like hailstones, go;

Je m'en vais à la cour, la grande affaire. Trudge, plod away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, pack!

Quick. Is it this, sir? Falstaff will learn the humor of this age,

Caius. Ouy; mette la au mon pocket; Dépêche French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted page. quickly:- Vere is dat knave Rugby?

(Exeunt FALSTAFF and Robin. Quick. What, John Rugby! John! Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd and

Rug. Here, sir. fullam. hold,

Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack And high and low beguile the rich and poor:

Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and come after Tester I'll have in pouch,o when thou shalt lack,

my heel to de court. Base Phrygian Turk !

Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. Nym. I have operations in my head, which be

Caius. By my trot, 1 tarry too long:- Od's me! humors of revenge.

Qu' ay-j' oublié? dere is some simples in my closet, Pist. Wilt thou revenge?

dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. Nym. By welkin, and her star!

Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, Pist. With wit, or steel?

and be mad. Nym. With both the humors, I:

Caius. O diable, diable ! vat is in my closet! I will discuss the humor of this love to Page.

Villany! larron!'[Pulling Simple out.) Rugby, Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold,

my rapier.
How Falstaff, varlet vile,

Quick. Good master, be content.
His dove will prove, his gold will hold,

Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a.
And his soft couch defile.

Quick. The young man is an honest man.
Nyın. My humor shall not cool: I will incense

Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ? yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous; the truth of it. He came of an errand to me from Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet.

Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatick; hear that is my true humor.

Pist. Í hou art the Mars of malcontents: I second parson Hugh. thee; troop on.


Caius. Vell.

Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to SCENE IV-A Room in Dr. Caius' House. Quick. Peace, I pray you.

Caius. Peace-a your tongue:-Speak-a your tale. Enter Mrs. QUICKLY, SIMPLE, and RUGBY.

Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your Quick. What; John Rugby!- I pray thee, go maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne i'age to the casement, and see if you can see my mas- for my master, in the way of marriage. ter, master doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i' faith, Quick. This is all, indeed, la ; but I'll ne'er put and find any body in the house, here will be an my finger in the fire, and need not. old abusing of God's patience, and the king's Eng- Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you? - Rugby, baillez lish.

me some paper :Tarry you a little-a while. Rug. I'll go watch. [Exit Rugby.

(Writes. Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for 't soon at Quick. I am glad he is so quiet : if he had been night, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. An hon- thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so est, willing, kind fellow. as ever servant shall come loud, and so melancholy :- But notwithstanding, in house withal; and, I warrant you, no tell-tale, man, I'll do your master what good I can: and the nor no breed-bate :: his worst fault is, that he is very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my mas. given to prayer: he is something peevishe that ter-1 may call him my master, look you, tor I way: but nobody but has his fault;- but let that keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is? scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.

all myself;Quick. And master Slender's your master? Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one Sim. Ay, forsooth.

body's hand. Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find it like a glover's paring knife?

a great charge: and to be up early and down late: Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, - but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your ear; ! with a little yellow beard; a Cain-colored beard. would have no words of it,) my master himself is

Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not? in love with mistress Anne Page; but notwith

Šim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as talls a man of standing that, -I know Anne's mind,- that's his hands, as any is between this and his head; he neither here nor there. hath fought with a warrener.

Caius. You jack ’nape; give-a dis letter to sit Quick. How say you ? -0, I should remember Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge; I vill cut his troat him; does he not hold up his head, as it were ? and in de park; and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-nape strut in his gait?

priest to meddle or make:- you may be gone: it Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

is not good you tarry here:- by gar, I will cut all Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone fortune. Tell master parson Evans, I will do wbat to trow at his dog.

(Eru SIMPLE. I can for your master; Anne is a good girl, and I Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. wish

Caius. It is no matter-a for dat; - do not you Re-enter Rugby.

tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself?

by gar, I will kill de jack priest; and I have apRug. Out, alas! here comes my master. pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our Quick. We shall all be shent:* Run in here, weapon:- by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. * Escheatour, an officer in the Exchequer.

Qirick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be Cleverly.

• False dice.

well: we must give folks leave to pra e: Wlat, • Sixpence I'll have in pocket. 1 Instigate.

the good-jer! Jealousy

a Strife.

• Scolded, reprimanded. • Yonlish.

• The goujere, what the pox!

6 Brave.

Cails. Rugby, come to the court vit me;- By Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above; but gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a head out of my door:-- Follow my heels, Rugby. book she loves you :- Have not your worship a

(Exeunt Caius and RUGBY.wart above your eye? Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your Fent. Yes, marry, have ); what of that? own. No, I know Anne's mind for that; never a Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;--- good faith, woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind it is such another Nan; but, I detest, an honesi than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, 1 maid as ever broke bread: — We had an hour's thank heaven.

talk of that wart; - I shall never laugh but in that Fent. [Within.) Who's within there, ho? maid's company!- But, indeed, she is given too

Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the much to a licholly and musing : But for you house, I pray you.

Well, go to.
Enter Fenton.

Feni. Well, I shall see her to-day: Hold, there's

money for thee; let me have thy voice in my behalf; Fent. How now, good woman : how dost thon? - if ihou seest her before me, commend me -Quick. The better, that it pleases your good Quick. Will I ? i'faith, that we will: and I will Forship to ask.

tell your worship more of the wart, the next time Fent. What news ? how does pretty mistress we have confidence; and of other wooers. Anne!

Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now. Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest,

(Erit. and gentle: and one that is your friend. I can tell Quick. Farewell to your worship.-- Truly, an yog that by the way; I praise heaven for it. honest gentleman; but Anne loves him nor: for I

Fort. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou? Shall know Anne's mind as well as another does :- Out I not lose my suit!

upon't! what have I forgot ?



By me,

SCENE I.— Before Page's House. honor: What is it? -- dispense with trilles ; -- what

is it! Enter Mistress Page, with a letter.

Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eterMrs. Page. What! have I 'scaped love-letters in nal moment, or so, I could be knighted. the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now a

Mrs. Page. What ? -- thou liest! - - Sir Alice / subject for them! Let me see:

[Reads. Ford!—These knights will hack; and so thou lose ust reason for his precision, he admits him read ;--perceive how I might be knighted, -- I shall Ask me no reason why I love you ; for though shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry.

Mrs. Ford. We burn daylight: - here, read, 204 for his counsellor. You are not young, no

think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an mure am I: go to then, there's sympathy; you are aerty, go am I: Ha! ha! then there's more sym- he would not swear; praised woman's modesty;

eye to make difference of men's liking: And yet pathy: you love sack, and so do !: Would you and gave such orderly and well-behaved reproof to desire better sympathy? Let it suffice thee, mistress all uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disPege, (at the least, if the love of a soldier can position would have gone to the truth of his words: sufñce.) that I wore thee. I will not say, pity me,

but they do no more adhere and keep place toles nd a soldierlike phrase; but I say, love me. gether, than the hundredth psalm to the tune of

Green sleeves. What tempest, I trow, threw this Thine oron true knight,

whale, with so many tons of oil in his belly, ashore By day or night,

at Windsor? How shall I be revenged on him? Or any kind of light,

I think, the best way were to entertain him with
With all his might,
For thee to fight,

hope, till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in Joux FALSTAFF.

his own grease. Did you ever hear the like!

Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name What a Herod of Jewry is this ! -0 wicked, wick- of Page and Ford differs ! ---To thy great comfort ed world! --- one that is well nigh worn to pieces in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twinwith age, to show himself a young gallant! What brother of thy letter: but let thine inherit first; for, unweighed behavior hath this Flemish drunkard I protest, mine never shall. I warrant he hath a picked (with the devil's name) out of my conversa thousand of these letters writ with blank space for bon, that he dares in this manner assay me? different names, (sure more,) and these are of the Why, he hath not been thrice in my company!-- second edition: He will print them out of doubt: What should I say to him? -- I was then frugal offor he cares not what he puts into the press, when by mirth:-- heaven forgive me! -- Why, I'll ex- he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess. bibit a bill in the parliament for the putting down and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you of men. How shall I be revenged on him? for twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. terensed I will be, as sure as his guts are made of Mrs. Ford. Why this is the very same; the very puddings.

hand, the very words: What doth he think of us? Enter Mistress Ford.

Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: it makes me al

most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. Mrs. Ford. Mrs. Page! trust me, I was going to I'll entertain myself like one that I am not acyour house.

quainted withal; for, sure, unless he know some Airs. Page. And trust me, I was coming to you. strain in me, that I know not myself, he would

never have boarded me in this fury. Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure to show to the contrary.

to keep him above deck: Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could hatches, l'il never to sea again. Let's be revenged

you to the contrary: 0, mistress Page, give on him; let's appoint him a meeting; give him a De some counsel!

show of comfort in his suit: and lead him on with Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? a fine-baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to Mrs. Ford. O wornan, if it were not for one mine host of the Garter. triling respect, I could come to such honor! Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman: -- take the against him, that may not sully the chariness of

: Most probably Shakspeare wrote physician. . She means, I protest. • Melancholy. 2 Caution

You look very ill.

nur honesty. O, that my husband saw this letter! his intent towards our wives, are a yoke o his dis it would give eternal food to his jealousy.

carded men ; very rogues, now they be oui of serMrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes; and my vice. good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I am Ford. Were they his men? from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an un- Page. Marry, were they. meisurable distance.

Ford. I like it never the better for that.- Dow he Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. lie at the Garter!

Mrs. Page. Let's consult together a ainst this Page. Ay, marry, does be. If he should intend greasy knight: Come hither. [They retire. this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her

loose to him; and what he gets more of her than Enter Font), PistoL, PAGE, and Nym. sharp words, let it lie on my head. Ford. Well, I hope it be not so.

Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife; but I would

be loth to turn them together: A man may be too Pist. Hope is a curtaila dog in some affairs :

confident: I would have nothing lie on my head: Sir John aflects thy wife.

I cannot be thus satisfied. Forit. Why, sir, my wife is not young: Pist. He woos both high and low, both rich and comes: there is either liquor in his pate, or money

Page. Look where my ranting host of the Garter poor, Both young and old, one with another, Ford;

in his purse, when he looks so merrily.--- How now,

mine host!
He loves the gally-mawiry ;. Ford, perpend.
Ford. Love my wife?

Enter Host and SHALLOW.
Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or go thou
Like sir Actæon he, with Ring-wood at thy heels:

Host How now, bully-rook? thou’rt a gentleo, odious is the name!

man: cavalero-justice, I say. Ford. What name, sir?

Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.----Good even Pist. The horn, I say: Farewell.

and twenty, good master Page! Master Page, will Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by you go with us? we have sport in hand. night:

Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, bullyTake heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do rook. sing.-

Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between Away, sir corporal Nym.

sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French Believe it. Pave; he speaks sense. [Exit PISTOL.

doctor Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this.

Ford. Good mine host of the Garter, a word with Nym. And this is true. (To Page.] I like not you, the humor of lying. He hath wronged me in some

Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook? humors: I should have borne the humored letter to

[They go aside. her; but i have a sword, and it shall bite upon my it? my merry host hath had the measuring of their

Shal. Will you (to PAGE] go with us to behold necessity. Ile loves your wife; there's the short and the long. My name is corporal Nym; I speak, weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them and I avoneh. 'i'is true:- my name is Nym, and contrary places: for, believe me, I hear, the parson Falstaff loves your wife.— Adieu! I love not the is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our sport

shall be. humor of bread and cheese; and there's the humor of it. Adieu.

[Erit Nyy.

Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my Page. The humor of it, quoth 'a! here's a fel- guest-cavalier? low frights humor out of his wits.

Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a pottle Frord. I wil, seek out Falstaff.

of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and teul Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting him, my name is Brook; only for a jest.

Ho t. My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress Ford. If I do find it, well.

and regress; said I wel? and thy name shall be Page. I will not believe such a Cataian, tho' the

Brook: It is a merry knight.-- Will you go on, priest o' the town commended him for a true man.

hearts? Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow: Well.

Shal. Have with you, mine host. Pige. How now, Meg?

Page. I have heard the Frenchman hath good Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George?- Hark skill in his rapier. you.

Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more! In Mrs. Ford, How now, sweet Frank? why art these times you stand on distance, your passes, thou melancholy !

stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy - master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the Get you home, go.

time, with my long sword, I would have made you Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast soine crotchets in four tall fellows skip like rats. thy head now.- Will you go, mistress Page?

Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? Mrs. Prige. Have with you. You'll come to

Page. Have with you:- I had rather hear them dinner, George? – Look, who comes yonder : she scold than fight. shall be our messenger to this paltry knight.

(Exeunt Host, SHALLOW, and Page. (Aside to Mrs. Ford.

Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands

so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off Enter Mistress QUICKLY.

my opinion so easily : she was in his company at

Page's house; and what they made there, I know Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll not. Well, I will look further into 't: and I have a fit it.

disguise to sound Falstaff: if I find her honest, I Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter lose not my labor; if she be otherwise, 'tis labor Anne ?

well bestowed.

(Exit. Quick. Ay, forsooth; and, I pray, how does good mistress Anne?

SCENE II.-- A Room in the Garter Inn. Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an

Enter FALSTAFF and Pistol. hour's talk with you.

(Esrennt Mrs. PAGE, Mrs. Fond, and Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.

Pist. Why then the world's mine oyster,
Page. How now, master Ford ?

Which I with sword will open.--Ford. You heard what this knave told me; did I will retort the sum in equipage." you not?

Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told should lay my countenance to pawn; I have grated me?

upon my good friends for three reprieves for you Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? and your coach-fellow. Nym; or else you had

Page. Hang 'em, slaves! I do not think the looked through the grate like a geminy of baboons. Muright would offer it: but these that accuse him in I am damned in hell, for swearing to gentlemen 3 A dog that misses his game.

my friends, you were good soldiers, and tall fellows: • A medley:

• Consider.

* Pay you again in stolen goods. • A lying sharper.

* Draws along with you


and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very framfan, I took t upun my honor, thou hads it not. polde life with him, good heart. Pist. Didst thou not share? hadst thou not fif- Fal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me to teen pence?

her; I will not fail her. Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason: Think'st thou, Quick. Why, you say well: But I have another I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, hang no messenger to your worship: Mistress Page hath her more about me. I am no gibbet for you: -90.--- A hearty commendations to you too; - and let me tels skort knife and a throng:S... to your manor of you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest Piekt-hatch, go.--. You'll not bear a letter for me, wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss your you rogue! --- you stand upon your honor!--- Why, morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can whoe'er be the other; and she bade me tell your do, to keep the terms of my honor precise. I, I, I worship, that her husband is seldom from home; myself soinetimes, leaving the fear of heaven on but, she hopes, there will come a time. I never the left hand, and hiding mine honor in my neces. knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think mity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and you have charms, la ; yes, in truth. yet you, rogue, will ensconces your rags, your cat- Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction a-inoontain looks, your red-lattices phrases, and of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your Quick. Blessing on your heart for't! bonor! You will not do it, you?

Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Pist. I do relent: what wouldst thou more of wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how man?

they love me? Enter Robin.

Quick. That were a jest, indeed!- they have

not so little grace. I hope :— that were a trick, in. Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. deed! But mistress Page would desire you to send Fel. Let her approach.

her your little page, of all loves ;' her husband has Enter Mrs. QUICKLY.

a marvellous infection to the little page: and, truly,

master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. Windsor leads a better life than she does; do what Fal. Good-norrow, good wife.

she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to Quick. Not so, an't please your worship.

bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she fal. Good maid, then.

will; and, truly, she deserves it; for if there be a Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must first hour I was born.

send her your page; no remedy. Pal. I do believe the swearer; What with me? Fal. Why, I will. Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word Quick. Nay, but do so, then; and, look you, he or two?

may come and go between you both; and, in any Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll rouch- case, have a nay-word, that you may know one ale thee the hearing.

another's mind, and the boy never need to under. Quick. There is one mistress Ford, sir;- I pray, stand any thing; for 'tis not good that children cone a little nearer this ways;- I myself dweli should know any wickedness: old folks, you know, with master doctor Caius.

have discretion, as they say, and know the world. Fal. Well. on: Mistress Ford, you say,

Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them both: Qrrick. Your worship says very true; pray there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.-- Boy, go Jour worship, come a little nearer this ways. along with this woman. This news distracts me. Fat. I warrant thee, nobody hears;- mine own

(Exeunt QUICKLY and Robix. people, mine own people.

Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :Quick. Are they so! Heaven bless them, and Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your fights; make them his servants!

Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them all! Pal. Well: Mistress Ford:-what of her!

(Exit Pistol. Qrick. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack! go thy ways; I'll lord! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven for- make more of thy old body than I have done. Will give you, and all of us, I pray!

they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the exPal Mistress Ford; come, mistress Ford, pense of so much money, be now a gainer! Good

Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of body, I thank thee: Let them say, 'tis grossly done; it; you have brought her into such a canaries, as so it be fairly done, no matter. tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all, shen the court lay at Windsor, could never have

Enter BARDOLPA. brought her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights , and lords, and gentlemen, with their

Bar. Sir John, there's one master Brook below coaches; I warrant you, coach after coach, letter would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with after letter, gift after gift; smelling so sweetly (all you; and hath sent your worship a morning's musk; and so rushling, I warrant you, in silk and draught of sack. gold; and in such alligant terins; and in such wine

Fal. Brook, is his name? ind sugar of the best and the fairest

, that would

Bar. Ay, sir. have won any woman's heart; and, I warrant you,

Fal. Call him in. (Esrit PARDOLPH.) Such they could never get an eye-wink of her.- 1 'had Brooks are welcome to me, that o'ertiow such myself twenty angels given me this morning; but liquor, Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page,

defy all angels, in any such sort, as they say,) have I encompassed you ? go tu; ria!
but in the way of honesty :- and, I warrant you,
they could never get her so much as sip on a cup

Re-enter BARDOLPH with Forv disguisca. with the proudest of them all; and yet there has

Ford. Bless you, sir. Serp earls, nay, which is more, pensioners; but I

Fal. And you, sir: Would you speak with me! Warrant you, all is one with her. Fa. But what says she to me? be brief, my good ration upon you.

Ford. I made bold, to press with so little prepasbt-Mercury.

Fal. You're welcome; What's your will? Give Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; for

us leave, drawer.

[Exit BARDOLPH the which she thanks you a thousand times; and she gives you to notify, that her husband will be much ; my name is Brook.

Ford. 'Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent absence from his house between ten and eleven. Fal. Ten and eleven!

Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint

ance of you. Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come

Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to und see the picture, she says that you woti of, master Ford, her 'husband, will be from home. myself in better plight for á lender than you are:

charge you; for I must let you understand. I think Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him; the which hath something embolden'd me to this * To cut purses in a crowd.

unseason'd intrusion : for they say, if money go be. Piekt-hatch was in Clerkenwell. - Protect

fore, all ways do lie open. *Ale-house. A mistake of Mrs. Quicklv's for quandary.

• Fretful, peevish * By all means.

• A watch word. • A cant phrase of exultation

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sues :

Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy

Ford. Troth, and I have a bay for money here Ford's wife. troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, sir Ford. O good sir ! John. tane all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.

Ful. sir, I know not how I may descrve to be Ford. Want no money, sir John, you shall war your porter.

none. . Foril I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, yisi hearing:

shall want none. I shall be with her (I may lel Ful. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad you) by her own appointment; even as you can to be your servant.

in to me, her assistant, or go-!etween, parted from Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,— I will be me: I say,

I shall be with her between ten are brief with you; -- and you have been a man long eleven; for at that time the jealous, rascally knale known to me, though I had never so good means, her husband, will be forth. Come you to me al as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. í night; you shall know how I speed. shall discover a thin; to you, wherein I must very Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do yw much lay open mine own imperfection; but, good know Ford, sir? sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knase. I know you hear them unfolded, turn 'another into the him not :- yet I wrong him to call him poor; they register of your own; that I may pass with a re- say, the jealous wittolly kinave hath masses of mod proof the easier, sith you yourseir know, how easy ey; for the which his wife seems to be well-favored it is to be such an oifender.

I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly rogup & fal. Very well, sir; proceed.

coffer; and there's my harvest-home. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir; that y 1.7 husband's name is Ford.

might avoid him, if you saw him. Fal. Well, sir.

Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt butter rogue! I Ford. have long loved her, and, I protest to will stare him out of his wits; I will owe him will you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a my cudgel: it shall hang like a meteor o'er li* doting observance; engrossed opportunities to meet cuckold's horns: master Brook, thou shalt know i her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could but nig- will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou shalt gardly give me sight of her; not only bought many lie with his wife.- Come to me soon at night: presents to give her, but have given largely to Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stile;' the many, to know what she would have given : briefly, master Brook, shalt know him for a kuave and I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me; cuckold :- come to me soon at night. (Er which hath been on the wing of all occasions. But Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is thi: whatsoever I have merited, either in my mind, or - My heart is ready to crack with impatience in my means, meed, I am sure, I have received Who says ing is improvident jealousy? My Wilt nove; unless experience be a jewel : that I have hath sent to him, the hour is fixed. ihe match purchas'd at an íntinite rate: and that hath laught made. Would any man have thought this! me to say this:

the hell of having a false woman! my bed shall # Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pur. | at; and shall not only receive this villano

abused, my coffers ransacked, my reputation gnawh Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. ble

terms, and by him that does me this wrong

wrong, but stand under the adoption of abomiss Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac- Terms! names! Amaimon sounds well; Luri tion at her hands?

fer, well; Barbason, well ; yet they are devil's ad Ford. Never.

ditions, the names of fiends: but cuckold ! witter Fal. Have you importun'd her to such a purpose ? cuckold! the devil himself hath not such a nanie Ford. Never.

Page is an ass, a secure ass; he will trust his wife Fal. Of what quality was your love then ? he will not be jealous: I will rather trust a Fleu

Ford. Like a fair house, buiit upon another man's ing with my butter, parson Hugh the Welchmal ground; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistak- with my cheese, an Irishman with my aqua-viit ing the place where I erected it.

bottle, or a thief to walk my ambling gelding, that Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to my wife with herself: then she plots, then stat me ?

ruminates, then she devises: and what they thilde Ford. When I have told you that, I have told in their hearts they may effect, they will break thr" you all. Some say, that, though she appear honest hearts but they will effect. Heaven be praised tru to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth my jealousy! - Eleven o'clock the hour;-IW! so far, ihat there is shrewd construction made of prevent this, detect my wife, be revenged on Fa: her. Now, sir john, here is the heart of my pur staff, and laugh at Page. I will about it; belle pose: You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, three hours too soon, than a minute too late. Fit admirable discourse, of great admittance, authen- fie, fie! cuckold ! cuckold! cuckold! (Eau tic in your place and person, generally alloweds for your many warlike, courtlike, and learned prepar

SCENE III.- Windsor Park. ations. Fal. O sir!

Enter Caius and RUGBY. Ford. Believe for you know it. There is money; spend it, spend it; spend more; spend all I

Caius. Jack Rugby! have ; only give me so much of your time in ex

Rug. Sir.

Caille. Vat is de clock, Jack ? change of it, as to lay an amiable seige to the honesty of this Ford's wise; use your art of wooing,

Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh pra win her to consent to you; if any man may, you

mised to meet.

Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is 1, may as soon as any. Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of

come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is to your affection, that I should win what you would come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already,

he be come. enjoy? Methinks you prescribe to yourself very

Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew your worshi preposterously. Ford. 0, understand my drift! she dwells so se

would kill him, if he came. curely on the excellency of her honor, that the folly

Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead. so as 1 v of my soul dares not present itself; she is too bright kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; 1 vill tell you to be looked against. Now, could I come to her how I vill kill him. with any detection in my hand, my desires had in

Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence. stance and argument to commend themselves; I

Caius. Villany, take your rapier. could drive her then from the ward of her purity,

Rug. Forbear, here's company. her reputation, her marriage-vow, and a thousand other her defences, which now are too strongly em.

Enter Host, SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Page battled against me: What say you to’t, sir John? Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor!

Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with Shal. 'Save you, master doctor Caius. your müney; next, give me your hand; and last, as Puge. Now, good master 'octor. Since. 9 Jn the greatest companies. a Apprrved. Add to his titles.

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