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SCENE III.
A Room in the Garter Inn.

Enter Host and Bardolph.
Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three of
your horses : the duke himself will be to-morrow
at 'court, and they are going to meet him.
· Host. What duke should that be, comes so se-
cretly? I hear not of him in the court : Let me
speak with the gentlemen : they speak English ?

Bard. Ay, sir; I'll call them to you.

Host. They shall have my horses; but I'll make them pay, I'll sauce them : they have had my house a week at command ; I have turned away my other guests: they must come off: I'll sauce them : Come..

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV.

A Room in Ford's House.
Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Sir

Hugh Evans.
Eva. 'Tis one of the pest discretions of a ’oman
as ever I did look upon.

Page. And did he send you both these letters at an instant ?

Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour.
Ford. Pardon me, wife: Henceforth do what

thou wilt;
I rather will suspect the sun with cold,
Than thee with wantonness : now doth thy honour

stand,
In him that was of late an heretic,
As firm as faith.
Page.

'Tis well, 'tis well; no more.
Be not as extreme in submission,
As in offence;

:

But let our plot go forward : let our wives
Yet once again, to make us publick sport,
Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,
Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it.
Ford. There is no better way than that they

spoke of. Page. How ! to send him word they'll meet him in the park at midnight! fie, fie; he'll never come.

Eva. You say he has been thrown into the rivers ; and has been grievously peaten, as an old 'oman : methinks, there should be terrors in him, that he should not come; methinks his flesh is punished, he shall have no desires.

Page. So think I too.
Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when

he comes, And let us two devise to bring him thither. Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that Herne

the hunter, Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, 11 Walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns; And there he blasts the tree, and takes* the cattle; And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a

chain In a most hideous and dreadful manner. You have heard of such a spirit; and well you know, The superstitious idle-headed eld f. Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age, . This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth.

Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak; But what of this?

Mrs. Ford. - Marry, this is our device; That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us, Disguised like Herne, with huge horns on his head. · Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, And in this shape: When you have brought him

thither,
* Strikes.

it Old age.

What shall be done with him ? what is your plot? Mrs. Page. That likewise have we thought upon,

and thus : Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, And three or four more of their growth, we'll

dress
Like urchins, ouphes*, and fairies, green and white,
With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads,
And rattles in their hands; upon a sudden,
As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met,
Let them from forth a saw-pit rush at once
With some diffused t song ; upon their sight,
We two in great amazedness will fly :
Then let them all encircle him about,
And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean knight;
And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel,
In their so sacred paths he dares to tread,
In shape profane.

Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth,
Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound I,
And burn him with their tapers.
: - Mrs. Page.

The truth being known,
We'll all present ourselves; dis-horn the spirit,
And mock him home to Windsor,
Ford.

The children must Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't.

Evą. I will teach the children their behaviours ; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the knight with my taber.

Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy them vizards. Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all the

fairies, Finely attired in a robe of white,

Page. That silk will I go buy;--and in that time Shall master Slender steal niy Nan away, [Aside. And marry her at Eton.--Go, send to Falstaff

straight. Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in name of Brook: * Elfs, bobgoblins. + Wild, discordant. Soundly.

He'll tell me all his purpose : Sure he'll come.
Mrs. Page. Fear not you that: Go, get us pro-

perties*,
And tricking for our fairieş.

Eva. Let us about it: It is admirable pleasures, and fery honest knaveries.

(Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans.
Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford,
Send quickly to sir John, to know his mind.'

[Exit Mrs. Ford.
I'll to the doctor ; he hath my good will,
And none but he, to marry with Nan Page..
That Slender, though well landed, is an idiot ;
And he my husband best of all affects :
The doctor is well money'd, and his friends
Potent at court; he, none but he, shall have her,
Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave
her.

(Exit.
SCENE V.
A Room in the Garter Inn.

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Enter Host and Simple. Host. What would'st thou have, boor? what, thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, quick, snap.

Sim. Marry, sir, I come to speak with sir John Falstaff from master Slender.

Host. There's his chamber, his house, his castle, his standing-bed, and truckle-bed ; 'tis painted about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and new: Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an Anthropophaginiant unto thee: Knock, I say.

Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, gone up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as to stay, sir, till she come down: I come to speak with her, indeed. Host. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be * Necessaries.

+ Cannibal.

above.) Hookemian Tarta Let here honour

robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully sir John ! speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? it is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls.

Fal. [Above.] How now, mine host?

Host. Here's a Bohemian Tartar tarries the coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, bully, let her descend: my chambers are honourable : Fye! privacy? fye!

Enter Falstaff. Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now with me; but she's gone.

Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise* woman of Brentford ?

Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell; What would you with her ?

Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, sent to her, seeing her go through the streets, to know, sir, whether one Nym, sir, that beguiled him of a chain, had the chain, or no.

Fal. I spake with the old woman about it.
Sim. And what says she, I pray, sir ?

Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same man, that beguiled master Slender of his chain, cozened him of it.

Sim. I would, I could have spoken with the woman herself; I had other things to have spoken with her too, from him.

Fal. What are they? let us know.
Host. Ay, come; quick.
Sim. I may not conceal them, sir.
Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest.

Sim. Why, sir, they were nothing but about mistress Anne Page; to know, if it were my master's fortune to have her, or no.

Fal. ”Tis, 'tis his fortune.
Sim. What, sir?

Fal. To have her or no : Go; say the woman told me so.

* Cunning woman, a fortune-teller.

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