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SCENE II.-A Room in the Garter Inn.
(Aside to Mrs. Ford.

Enter FALSTAFF and PistoL.
Enter Mistress QUICKLY.

Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.

Pist. Why, then, the world's mue oyster, Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her : she'll Which I with sword will open.-fit it.

I will retort the sum in equipage. Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter Fal. Not a penny.

I have been content, Sir, yon Anne?

should lay my countenance to pawn : I have grated Quick. Ay, forsooth; and, I pray, how does good upon my good friends for three reprieves for you mistress Anne

and your coach-f low + Nym; or else you had look'd Mrs. Puge. Go in with us, and see; we have an hour's talk with you.

through the grate, like a geminy ot baboons. I (Ereunt Mrs. Page, Mrs.

am damn'd in hell, for swearing lo gentlemen my Ford, and Mrs. Quickly. Friends, you were good soldiers, and tall fellows: Page. How now, master Ford ?

and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her Ford. You heard what this knave told me; did

tan, I took't upon mine honour, thou hadst it not.

Pist. Didst thou not share? Hadst thou not fitteen Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told

pence? me

Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason :-Think'st the a, Ford. Do you think there is truth in them?

I'll endanger my soul gratis ? At a word, hang no Page. Hang 'em, slaves ! I do not think the knight

more about me, I am no gibbet fot you :-G0.-A would offer it: but these that accuse him in his in

short knife and a throng t;-to your manor of Pickt. tent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discard-hatch $, go. You'll not bear a letter for me, you ed men ; very rogues, now they be out of service.

rogue !-- You stand upon your honour?- Why, thou Ford. Were they his men ?

unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do, to Page. Marry, were they. Ford. I like it never the better for that.–Does he keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, I myself

sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the left lie at the Garter?

hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend

fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch ; and yet you, this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her

rogue, will ensconcel your rags, your cat-a-mounloose to him; and whai he gets more of her than

tain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and your bold. sharp words, let it lie on my head.

beating oaths, under the shelter of your honour! Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife ; but I would be Yon will not do it, you? loth to turn them together : a man may be too con

Pist. I do relent; what wouldst thou more of fident: I would have nothing lie on my head : 1

man ? cannot be thus satisfied.

Enter Robin. Page. Look, where my ranting host of the Garter comes ; there is either liquor in his pate, or money Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. in his purse, when he looks so merrily.-How now, Fal. Let her approach. mine host?

Enter Mistress QUICKLY.
Enter Host and SHALLOW.

Quick. Give your worship good-morrow,
Host. How now, bully-rook? Thou’rt a gentle. Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.
nian : cavalero-justice, I say.

Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.-Good even, Ful. Good maid, then. and twenty, good master Page! Master Page, will Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the first you go with us? We have sport in hand.

hour I was born. Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him bully- Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me! rook.

Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between two? Sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French Fal. Two thousand, fair woman ; and I'll vouch. doctor,

safe thee the hearing. Ford. Good mine host o' the Garter, a word with Quick. There is one mistress Ford, Sir ;-I pray, you.

come a little nearer this ways :-I myself dweli Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook?

with master doctor Caius.

[They go aside. Fal. Well, on :-- Mistress Ford, you say, Shal. Will you (To Page) go with us to behold it? Quick. Your worship says very true : 1 pray your My merry host hath had the measuring of their wea worship, come a little nearer this ways. pons ; and I think, he hath appointed them contrary Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears :-Mine own places : for, believe me, I hear the parson is no jes- people, mine own people.. ter Hark, I will tell you what our sport shall be. Quick. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and

Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my make them his servants ! guest-cavalier ?

Fal. Well: mistress Ford ;-what of her? Ford. None, I protest ; but I'll give you a pottle Quick. Why, Sir, she's a good creature. Lord, of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell Jord! Your worship's a wanton: well, heaven forhim, my name is Brook ; only for a jest.

give you, and all of us, I pray! Host. My hand, bully : thou shalt have egress and Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford,regress; said I well? And thy name shall be Brook: Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of it: it is a merry knight.-Will you go on, hearts ? you have brought her into such a canaries **, as 'tis Shal. Have with you, mine host.

wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when the Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her skill in his rapier.

to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, and Shal. Tut, Sir, I could have told you more : inlords, and gentlemen with their coaches; I warrant these times you stand on distance, your passes, you, coach after coach, letter after letter, gift after stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, gift; smelling so sweetly, (all musk) and so rushling master Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such alligant time, with my long sword, I would have made you terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best, and four tall. fellows skip like rats.

the fairest that would have won any woman's heart; Host. Here, boys, here, here ! Shall we wag? and, I warrant you, they could never get an eye

Page. Have with you ;-) had rather hear them wink of her.-I had myself twenty angels given scold than fight. (Èxeunt Host, Shallow, and Page. me this morning: but I defy all ángels, (in any

Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands such sort, as they say,) but in the way of honesty':
so tirmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off - And, I warrant you, they could never get her so
my opinion so easily: she was in his company at much as sip on a cup with the proudest of them all:
Page's house; and, what they made + there, I know
not. Well, I will look further into't: and I have • Pay you again in stolen goods.
a disguise to sound Falstaff : if I find her honest, I + Draws along with you.
lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour I To cut purses in a crowd.
well bestow'd,

Exit. Pickt-hatch was in Clerkenwell.
Protect.

Ale-house.
• Stout, bold.

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and get there has been earls, nay, which is more, Fal. You're welcome :-What's your will? Give pensioners; but, I warrant you, all is one with us leave, drawer.

(Exit Bardolph.

Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent Fal. But what says she to me? Be brief, my good much; my name is Brook. she Mereury.

Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; for ance of you. the which she thanks you a thousand times : and Ford. Good Sir John, I sue for yours : not to she gives you to notify, that her husband will be charge you; for I must let you understand, I think absence from his house between ten and eleven. myself in better plight for a lender than you are : Fal. Ten and eleven?

the which hath something emboldeu'd me to this Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come unseason'd intrusion ; for they say, if money go

and see the picture, she says, that you woi of;- before, all ways do lie open. 14 master Ford, her husband, will be from home. Fal. Money is a good soldier, Sir, and will on.

* Alas! The sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here as he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very fram- troubles ne: if you will help me to bear it, Sir ella pold + life with him, good beart,

John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. Fal. Ten and eleven; woman, commend me to Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be 1. her; I will not fail her.

your porter. Quick. Why, you say well : but I have another

Ford. I will tell you, Sir, if you will give me the messenger to your worship: mistress Page hath her hearing.

earty commendations to you too ;-and let me tell Ful. Speak, good master Brook ; I shail be glad 14 yon in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest to be your servant. 6- wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,-I will be iřue morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, briei with you ;-and you have been a man long

whoe'er be the other : and she bade me tell your known to ine, though I had never so good means, as ), worship, that her husband is seldom from home; desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I shall th, but, she hopes, there will come a time. I never discover a thing to you, wherein I must very much my knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think lay open mine own imperfection; but, good Sir John, Let you have charms, la; yes, in truth.

as you have one eye upon my follies, as you hear Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction them untolded, turn another into the register of your *** of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. own; that I may pass with a reproof the easier, sith Quick. Blessing on your heart for't !

you yourself know, how easy it is to be such an ofFul. But, I pray thee, tell me this : Has Ford's lender. 384 wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how Fal. Very well, Sir; proceed. they love me?

Ford. There is a gentlewonian in this town, her Quick. That were a jest, indeed !--They have not husband's name is Ford. so little grace, I hope :-That were a trick, indeed! Fal. Well, Sir. But mistress Page would desire you to send her Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to your little page, of all lovest; her husband has a you, bestow'd much on her; follow'd her with a marvellous infection to the little page: and truiy, doiing observance; engross’d opportunities to meet master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could but Windsor leads a better life than she does; do niggardly give me sight of her; not only bought what she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, many presents to give her, but have given largely go to bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as to many, to know what she would have given : she will; and, truly, she deserves it : for if there briefly, I have pursued her, as love hath pursued be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one.

You

me; which hath been, on the wing of all occasions. must send her your page; no remedy.

But whatsoever I have merited, either in my mind, gebot Fal. Why, I will.

or in my means, meed, I am sure, I have received Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, he none ; unless experience be a jewel: that I have may come and go between you both; and, in any purchased at an mutinite rate; and that hath taught case, have a nay-word g, that you may know one me to say this: another's mind, and the boy never need to under- Lore like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues, stand any thing; for 'tis not good that children Pursuing that thut flies, and flying uhat pursues. should know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have discretion, as they say, and know the world.

Ful. Have you received no promise of satisfaction Fal. Fare thee well: comiend me to them both:

at her hands ? there's my purse: I am yet thy debtor.- Boy, go

Ford, Never. along with this woman.- This news distracis me! Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? (Evount Quickly and Robin.

Ford. Never.
Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :-

Fal. Of what quality was your love then?
Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your tights ;

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's Give fire ; she is my prize,or ocean whelm them all! ground; so that I have lost my editice, by mistak.

(Erit Pistol. ing the place where I erected it. Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? Go thy ways; I'll

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to make more of thy old body than I have done. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the

Ford. When I have told you that, I have told you expence of so much money, be now a gainer ?

all. Some say, that, though she appear honest to me, Good body, I thank thee: Jei them say, 'tis grossly yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth so far, done; so it be fairly done, no matter.

that there is shrewd construction made of her. Now,

Sir John, here is the heart of my purpose : you are Enter BARDOLPH.

a gentleman of excellent breeding, admirable dis

course, of great admittance t, authentic in your place Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below and person, generally allow'd I for your inany war. would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with like, court-like, and learned preparations. you ; and hath sent your worship a morning's Fal. O, Sir! draught of sack.

Ford. Believe it, for you know it :- There is moFal. Brook, is his name.

ney ; spend it, spend it; spend more ; spend all 1 Bard. Ay, Sir.

have; only give me so much of your time in exFal. Call him in : (Exit Bardolph.) Sireh Brooks change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the hoare welcome to me, that o'erflow such liquor. Ah! nesty of this Foru's wite : use your art of wooing, ha! Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, have I en- win her to consent to you; if any man may, you compassed you? Go to; via || !

may as soon as any.

Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of Re-enter BARDOLPH, with Ford disguised. your affection, that I should win what you would Ford. Bless you, Sir.

enjoy? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very Fal. And you, Sir: Would you speak with me?

preposterously.

Ford. O, understand my drift! She dwells so Ford. I make bold, to press with so little prepa- securely on the excellency of her honour, that the ration upon you.

folly of my soul dares not present itselt; she is too • Know.

+Fretful, peevish.
t By all means.
Á A watch-word.

• Since

+ In the greatest companiess" || A cant phrase of exultation.

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bright to be look'd against. Now, could I come to Rug. Alas, Sir, I cannot rence. her with any detection in my hand, my desires had Cuius. Villainy, take your rapier. instance and argument to commend themselves; I Rug. Foriear; here's company. could drive her then from the ward of her purity, her reputation, her marriage vow, and a thousand Enter Host, SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Page. other her defences, which now are too strongly embattled against me:- What say you tv't, Sir John?

Hest. 'Bless thee, bully doctor. Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with

Shul. 'Save yoll, master doctor Caius.

Puge. Now, good master doctor! your money; next, give me your hand ; and last, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy

Shul. Give you good-morrow, Sir. Ford's wite.

Caius. Vat be ali you, one, two, tree, four, come

for? Ford. O good Sir! Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.

Host. To see thee fight, to see thee fuin, to see Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you shall want

thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; to

see thee pass thy panto, thy stock, thy reverse, thy none.

Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, yon distance, thy monitánit. Is he dead, iny Ethiopian shall want none. I shall with her (I may tell

Is he dead, iny Francisco? Ha, bully! What saj, ny you,) by her own appointment ; even as you canne

Esculapius? My Galen? My heart of elder? Ha! is in to me, her assistant, or gu-between, parted from

he dead, bully Siale? Is he dead? me: 1 Ishall be with her between ton and ele.

Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest of the ven, for at that time the jealous rascally knave,

vorld; he is not shew his face. her husband, will be forth. Come you to me at

Ilost, Thou art a Castilian king, Urinal! Hector night ; you shall know how I speed.

of Greece, my boy! Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you six or seven, zwo, tree hours for him, and he is no

Caius. I pray you, bear vitness that me bave stay know Ford, Sir?

Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know him not: yet I wrong him, to call him poor ;

Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he is they say, the jealous wittolly knave hath mas.

a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; if you ses of money ; for the which his wife seems to

should fight, you go against the hair of your pro me well-favour'd. I will use her as the key of the

fessions : Is it not true, master Page ? cuckoldly rogue's cofler; and there's my harvest

Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been a home.

great fighter, though now a man of peace. Ford. I would you knew Ford, Sir; that you old, and of the peace, if I see a sword out, my tip

Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now be might avoid him, if you saw him.

Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! U ger itches to make one : though we are justices, and will stare him out of his wits: I wili awe him with doctors, and churehmen, master Page, we have my cudgel: it shall hang like a meteor o'er the

sone salt of our youth in us; we are the sons of wocuckold's horns: master Brook, thou shalt know, men, master Page. I will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou shalt

Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow. lie with his wife.-Come to me soon at night:

Shal. It will be found so, master Page. Master Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stilet; thon, doctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home. master Brook, shalt know him for a knave and

sworn of the peace: you have shew'd yourself a cuckold :-Come to me soon at night. [Erit.

wise physician, and Sir Hugh hath shewn himself Ford. What a damn'd Epicurean rascal is this !- a wise and patient churchman : you must go with My heart is ready to crack with impatience.-Who me, master doctor. says, this is improvident jealousy? My wife bath sent

Host. Pardon, guest justice :-A word, monsieur to him, the hour is fix'd, the match is made.

Muck-water ý. Would any man have thought this 1--See the hell

Cuius. Muck-vater! Vat is dat? of having a false woman! My bed shall be abused,

Host. Muck-water, in our English tongue, is valour, my coffers ransack'd, my reputation gnawn at; and bully: I shall not only receive this villainous wrong, but

Caius. By gar, then I have as much muck-vater stand under the adoption of abominable terms, and

as de Englishman :--Seurvy jack-dog priest! By by him that does me this wrong. Terms! Names !

gar, me vill cut his ears. Amaimon sounds well; Luciler, well; Barbason,

Host. He will clapper-claw thee tightly, bully. well : yet they are devils' additions, the names of

Caius. Clapper-de claw ! Vat is dat? fiends: but cuckold! Wiltol-cuckold i! The devil

Host. That is, he will make thee amends. himself, hath not such a name. Page is an ass, a se.

('aius. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper-decure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not be jea. claw me: ior, by gar, me vill have it. lous: I will rather trust a Fleming with my butter,

Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him wag. parson Hugh, the Welshman, with my cheese, an

C'aius. Me tank you for dat. Irishman with my Aqua-vitæ g bottle, or a thief to

Host. And moreover, bully,- But first, master walk my ambling gelding, than my wife with her guest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, self: then she plots, then she ruminates, then she go you through the town to Frogmore. devises : and what they think in their hearts they

[Aside to them. may effect, they will break their hearts but they

Page. Sir Hugh is there, is he? will effect. Heaven be praised for my jealousy!

llost. He is there : see what humour he is in; and Eleven o'clock the hour; I will prevent this, detect

I will bring the doctor about by the tields: Will it my wife, be revenged on Falstaff, and laugh at

do weil ? Page. I will about it; better three hours too soon,

Shal. We will do it. than a minute too late. Fie, tie, tie! Cuckold! Cuc

Page, Shal. and Slen. Adieu, good master doctor. kold ! Cuckold !

Fait.

(Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender.

Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest; for he speak SCENE III.-Windsor Park.

for a jack-an-ape to Anne Page.

Host. Let him die: but, first, sheath thy impa. Enter Carts and RUGBY.

tience ; throw cold water on thy choler ; go about Caius. Jack Rugby !

the fields with ine through Frog more ; I will bring Rug. Sır.

thee where niistress Anne Page is, at a farm-house a Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack?

feasting; and thou shall woo her: Cried

game, said Rug. 'Tis past the hour, Sir, that Sir Hugh pro

I well ? mised to meet.

Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar I love Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no

you ; and I shall procure-a you de good guest, de come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no come;

earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, ny på. by ger, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if he be tients. come.

Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary toRug: He is wise, Sir: he knew, your worship wards Anne Page; Said I well? would kill him, if he came.

Cnius. By gar, 'tis good ; vell said. Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill

Host. Let us wag then. kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; I'vill tell you

Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. (Exeunt. how I vill kill him.

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ACT III,

Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack dog, SCENE I.-A Field near Frogmore.

Eva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs to

other men's humours; I desire you in friendship, Enter Sir HUGH EVANS and SIMPLE. and I will one way or other make you amends :Era. I pray yon now, good master Slender's serv- I will knog your urinals about your knave's cogs. mg-man, and friend Simple by your name, which comb, for missing your meetings and appointments. way have you look'd for master Caius, that calls terre, have I not stay for him, to kill him? Have I

Caius. Diable !-Jack Rugby,-mine Host de Jar. himself Doctor of Physic?

Sim. Marry, Sir, the city-ward, the park-ward, not, at de place I did appoint ? every way; old Windsor way, and every way but

Eva. As I am a Christian's soul, now, the town way.

this is the place appointed ; l'll be judgment by mine Eve. I most fehemently desire you, you will also host of the Garter. look that way.

Host. Peace, I say, Guallia and Gaul, French and Sim. I will, Sir.

Welch; soul-curer and body-curer. Era. 'Pless my soul! How full of cholers I am, and

Caius. Ay, dat is very good ! Excellent! trempling of mind !-I shall be glad, if he have de- Host. Peace, I say ; hear mine host of the Garter. ceived me :- How melancholies I am! I will knog Am I politic? Am I subtie? Am I a Machiavel? Shall liis urinals about his knave's costard, when I have lose my doctor ? No; he gives me the potions, and good opportunities for the 'ork :-'Pless my soul!

the motions. Shall I lose my parson ? My priest ? (Sings.

My Sir Hugh? No; he gives me the proverbs and To shallow rivers, to whose falls

the no-verbs. Give me thy hand, terrestrial; so:Metodious birds sing madrigals ?

Give me thy hand, celestial; so.---Boys of art, I There will we make our peus of roses,

have deceived you both; I have directed you to And a thousand fragrant posits.

wrong places: your hearts are mighty, your skins To shallow

are whole, and let burnt sack be the issue.-Come, Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry.

lay their swords to pawn :-Follow me, lad of

peace; follow, follow, follow. Melodious birds sing madrigals;

Shal. Trust me, a mad host :-Follow, gentlemen, When as I set in Pabylon t:

follow.
And a thousand vagram posies.

Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!
To shallow

(Ereunt Shallow, Slender, Page, and Host. Sim. Yonder he is coming, this way, Sir Jugh

Caius. Ha ! Do I perceive dat? Have you make-a Eva. He's welcome :

de soto of us? Ha, ha! To shallow rivers, to whose falls

Era. Thuis is well; he has made us his vlouting.

stog t.---I desire you, that we may be friends: and let Heaven prosper the right!--What weapons is he: s knog our prains together, to be revenge on this

Sim. No weapons, Sir: there comes my master, same scall, scurvy, cogging companion, the host of master Shallow, and another gentleman from Frog- the Garter. 1 more, over the stile, this way.

Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to Era. Pray you, give me my gown; or else keep bring me vere is Anne Page : by gar, he deceive it in your arms.

me too.

Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles :-Pray you Enter Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER.

follow.

(Ereunt. Shal. How now, master parson? Good-morrow, good Sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from the dice,

SCENE II.-The Street in Windsor.
and a good student from his book, and it is won-
derful.

Enter Mistress PAGE and Robin.
Slın. Ah, sweet Anne Page!

Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gallant; you
Page. Save you, good Sir Hugh!

were wont to be a 101ower, but now you are a Eva. Pless you froin his inercy sake, all of you! leader :- Whether had you rather, lead mine eyes,

Shal. What? The sword and the word! Do you or eye your master's heels! study them both, master parson?

Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you like a LE

Page. And yo thful still, in your doublet and hose, man, than follow him like a dwarf. this raw rheumatic day?

Mrs. Page. O, you are a flattering boy ; now, I Era. There is reasons and causes for it.

see, you'll be a courtier. Page. We are come to you, to do a good office,

Enter Ford. master parson. Era. Fery well: what is it?

Ford. Wellmet, mistress Page:-Whither go you! Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, who Mrs. Page. Truly, Sir, to see your wife :- Is she pelike, having received wrong by some person, is

at home? at most odds with his own gravity and patience, that Ford. Ay: and as idle as she may hang together, ever yon saw.

for want of company: I think it your husbands were Shal. I have lived fourscore years, and upward; dead, you two would marry. I never heard a man of his place, gravity, and Mrs. Puge. Be sure of that,-two other husbands. learning, so wide of his own respect.

Ford. Where had you this pretty weather-cock? Eva. What is he?

Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what tue dickens his Page. I think you know him; master doctor Caius, name is my husband had him of ;-What do you the renown'd French physician.

call your knight's name, sirrah? Era. Got's will, and his passion of my heart! I

Rob. Sir John Falstafr. had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge. Ford. Sir John Falstaff! Puge. Why?

Mrs. Page. He, he ; I can never hit on's name. Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hibocrates and There is such a league between my good man and Galen,-and he is a knave besides; a cowardlyknave, he !-Is your wife at home, indeed? as you would desires to be acquainted withal. Ford. Indeed, she is.

Page. I warrant you, he's the man should fight Mrs. Page. By your leave, Sir :-I am sick, till with him.

I see her.

(Exeunt Mrs. Page and Robin. Slen. 0, sweet Anne Page !

Ford. Has Page any brains? Hath he any eyes ? Shal, It appears so, by his weapons :-Keep them Hath he any thinking? Sure they sleep; he hath no asunder:-Here comes doctor Caius.

use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letter

twenty miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot pointEnter Host, CAIUS, and RUGBY.

blank twelve score. He pieces-out his wife's inPage. Nay,good master parson, keep in your wea- clination; he gives her folly motion, and advanShal. So do you, good master doctor. (pon. tage : and now she's going to my wife, and Fal

11ost. Disarm them, and let them question : let staff's boy with her. Å man may hear this shower them keep their limbs whole, and hack our English. sing in the wind !- And Falstafl's boy with her!

Caius. pray you, let-a me speak a word vit your Good plots !—They are laid; and our revolted wives ear: Verefore vill you not meet a

me?

share damnation together. Well, I will take him ; Eva. Pray you, use your patience: in good time. then torture my wife, pluck the borrow'd veil of mo

desty from the so seeming i mistress Page, divulge • Head. + Babylon, the first line of the 137th Psalm. • Fool. + Flouting-stock. + Specious.

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Page himself for a secure and wilful Actæon ; and Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent, have you been to these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall true to us? cry aim *(Clock strikes.] The clock gives me my Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn: my master knows not of cue, and my assurance bids me search; there 1 your being here; and hath threaten'd to put me shall find Falstaff': I shall be rather praised for into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of it ; for he this than mock'd; for it is as positive as the earth is swears, he'll turn me away. firm, that Falstaff is there : I will go.

Mrs.' Page. Thou’rt a good boy ; this secrecy of

thine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make thee Enter PAGE, SHALLOW, SLENDER, Host, Sir HUGH

a new doublet and hose.l'll go hide me. EVANS, CATUS, and Rugby.

Mrs. Ford. Do so:-Go tell thy master, I am Shal. Page, &c. Well met, master Ford.

alone. Mistress Page, remember you your cue. Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good cheer

(Erit Robin. at home; and I pray you, all go with me.

Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it, Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford.

hiss me.

(Erit Mrs. Page. Slen. And so must I, Sir ; we have appointed to Mrs. Ford. Go to then ; we'll use this unwholesorue dine with mistress Anne, and I would not break bumidity, this gross watry pumpion ;-we'll teach with her for more money than I'll speak of.

him to know turtles from jay8. Shal. We have linger'd about a match between

Enter FALSTAFF. Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day we shall have our answer.

Fal. Hare I caught thee, my heavenly jerrel! Slen. I hope, I have your good will, father Page. Why, now let me dit', for I have lived long enough;

Page. You have, master Slender; Istand wholly this is the period of my ambition : 0 this blessed for you :-But my wife, master doctor, is for you al hour! together.

Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John! Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a me ; my Fal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot prate, nursh-a Quickiy tell me so mush.

mistress Ford. Now shail I sin in my wish: I would Host. What say you to young master Penton? He thy husband were dead; I'll speak it before the capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes best lord, I would make thee my lady. verses, he speaks holiday #, he smells April and Mrs. Ford. I your lady, Sir John! Alas, I shou May: he will carry't, he will carry't; 'uis in his be a pitiful lady. butions ; he will carry't.

Fai. Let the court of France shew me soch ano Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The ther; I see how thine eye would emulate the diagentleman is of no having 1 : be kept company withi mond: thou hast the right arched bent of the the wild Prince and Poins; he is of too high a region, brow, that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, he knows too much. No, he shall not knit a knot or any tire of Venetian admittancet. in his fortunes with the finger of my substance : if Nirs. Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John: my brows he take her, let him take her simply; the wealth I become nothing else: nor that well neither. have, waits ou my consent, and my consent goes not Fal. Thou art a traitor to say so: thou wouldst that way:

make an alsolute courtier: and the firm fixture of Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go thy foot would give an excellent motion to thy gait, home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, you in a semi-circled farthingale. I see what thou wert, shall have sport; I will shew you a monster. if fortune thy foe were not; nature is thy friend: Master doctor, you shall go ;-so shall you, master come, thou canst not hide it. Page ;-and you, Sir Hugl:.

Mrs. Fird. Believe me, there's no such thing in Shal. Well, fare you well :-We shall have the freer wooing at master Page's.

Fal. What made me love thice? Let that persuade (Ewunt Shallow and Slender. thee, there's something extraordinary in thee. Caius. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon. Come, I cannot cos, and say, thou art this and that,

[Exit Rugly. like a many of these lisping hau-thorn buds, that Host. Farewell, my hearts : I will to my honest come like women in men's apparel, and smell like knight Falstaff, and drink canary with him. Bucklersburytin simple-time; I cannot: but I love

[Exit Host. thee; none but thee; and thou deserrest it. Ford. (Aside.) I think, I shall drink in pipe-wine Mirs. Ford. Do not betray me, Sir; I fear, you first with him; I'll make him dance. Will you go,

love mistress Page. gentles?

Fal. Thou mig lit'st as well say, I love to walk ty All. Have with you, to see this monster. (Exeunt. the Counter-gate ; which is as hateful to me as the

reek of a lime-kiln. SCENE III.-A Room in Ford's House. Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows, how I love you,

and you shall one day find it. Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. PAGE.

Fal. Keep in that mind : l’ll deserve it. Mrs. Ford. What, John! What, Robert !

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; or Alrs. Puge. Quickly, quickly: Isthe buck-basket- else I could not be in that mind. Mrs. Ford. I warrant :- What, Robin, I say. Rob. (Within.] Mistress Ford, mistress Ford ! Here's

mistress Page at the door, sweating, and blowing, Enter Servants with a Basket.

and looking wildly, and would needs speak with Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.

you presently. Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down.

Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconcell me Mirs. Page. Give your men the charge :-We must behind the arras C. be brief.

Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so; she's a very tattling Mrs. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John, and

(Falstaff hides himself. Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew-house;

Enter Mrs. PAGE and ROBIN. and when I suddenly call you, come forth, and (without any pause', or staggerius,) take this basket What's the matter? How now? on your shoulders : that done, trudge with it in all

Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you haste, and carry it among the whitsters o in Datchet. done? You're shamed, you are overthrown, you mead, and there emply it in the muddy ditch, close are undone for ever. by the Thames' side.

Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress Mrs. Puge. You will do it?

Page ? Mrs. Ford. I have told them over and over; they Mrs. Page. O well-a-day, mistress Ford! Having lack no direction : be gone, and come when you an honest man to your husband, to give him such are call'd.

(Exeunt Serrants. cause of suspicion ! Mrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion?

Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion ?-Out upon Enter ROBIN.

you! How am I mistook in you! Mrs. Ford. How now, my eyas-musket ||? What Mrs. Ford. Why, alas! What's the matter? news with you?

Mrs. Page. Your husband's conuing nither, wo Rob. My master, Sir John, is come in at your back. man, with all the officers in Windsor, to search for door, mistress Ford ; and requests your company.

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