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MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
Sir John Falstas
Robin, page to Falstaff. Fenton.
Simple, servant to Slender.
Rugby, servant to Dr. Cajus.
two gentionen dwellirg at Windsor. Mrs. Page. William Page, a boy, son to Nr. Pone.
Mrs. Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh golon,
Mrs. Quickly, servant to Dr. Calus.
Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
Scene, Windsor; and the parts adjacent.
Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot; thero is no fear of Got in a riot: the council, look you,
shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear SCENE I.--Windsor. Before Page: howle. Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir' Angsa riot; take your vizaments in that.
Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the .
sword should end it. Shallow.
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and
end it; and there is also another device in my Sir Hugh, persuade me not ; I will make a Stov with it. there is Anne Page, which is daughter to chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir Jobs master George Page, which is pretty virginity, Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, es gon. Mistress Anne Page ? 'She has brown hair quire. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace,
and speaks smalle like a woman.
Eye. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as and coram.
just as you will desire; and seven bunded pounds Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum."
of moniss and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too;, and a gentleman upon his clealYs-bed'(Got deliver to a joyful resurborn, master parson; who writes himself armigero; rections !) zire, when she is able to overtake sevenin any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, ar- teen years old! it were a goot motion, if we leave migero.
our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any time between master Abraham, and mistress Anne these three hundred years.
Page. Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him, pound ? may: they may give the dozen white luces in their
Eva. Ay, and her in.hes is make her a petter penny.
Shal. I know the voung gentlewoman; she has Shal. It is an old coat.
good gifts. Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old
Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar
goot gifts. beast to man, and signifies-love. Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Falstaff there?
Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : is an old coat.
Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, Slen. I may quarter, coz?
as I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise Shal. You may, by marrying:
one that is not true. The knight, sir Jóhn, is there ; Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it. and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willero. Shal. Not a whit. Eva. Yes, pyèrs lady; if he has a quarter of your What, hoa ! Got pless your house here !
I will peat the door [knocks] for master Page. coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all one : if Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you,
Enter Page. I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend,
Page. Who's there? between you. Shal. The council' shall hear it; it is a riot.
and justice Shallow : and here young master Sleva By our.
(4) Court of star-chambre Custas rotulorum.
o Concello formatoriumppropriated to chaplains.
der ; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, understand: that is, master Page, fidelicet, master if matters grow to your likings.
Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself ; and Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of thank you for my venison, master Shallow. the Garter, Shal
. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; much Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between good do it your good heart! I wished your venison them. better; it was ill killed:how doth good mistress Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my Page ?–and I love you always with my heart, la ; note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the with my heart.
cause, with as great discreetly as we can. Page. Sir, I thank you.
Page. I am glad to sec you, good master Slen Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, der.
He hears with ear? Why, it is affectatious. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? heard say, he was outrun on Cotsaic."
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would I Page. It could not be judg’d, sir.
might never come in mine own great chamber again Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and iwo
Shal. That he will not ;=tis your fault, 'tis your Edward shovel-boards," that cost me two shilling fault :tis a good dog.
and two pence apiece of Yead Miller, by these Page. A cur, sir.
gloves. Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; can Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? there be more said ? he is good, and fair. -is sir Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. John Falstaff here?
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner!-Sir John, Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do and master mine, a good office between you.
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo ::
Shdl. fr it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours : that so, master Page? he hath wrongd me; in- I will say, inarry trap, with you, if you run the deed, he hath ;--ata word, he hath ;--believe me ;-nutlook'sío humour on me; that is the very ñote of it. Rohert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd. Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : Page. Here comes Sir John.
for though I cannot remember what I did when you
made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Enler Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Pistol.
Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentle
man had drunk himself out of his five senterices. Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of Eva. It is his five senises: fie, what the ignoranee me to the king?
is? Shal. Knight, you have bcaten my men, killed Bard. And being fap" sir, was as they say, my deer, and brokc open my lodge.
cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires.1a Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter. Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too, but 'tis Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd. no matter: I'll ne'er be druuk whilst I live again, Fal. I will answer it straight;-I have done all but in honest, civil
, godly company, for this trick: this that is now answer'd."
ir I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the Shal. The council shall know this.
fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known in Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. counsel: you'll be laugh'd at.
Fal. You hear all thesé inatters denied, gentleEva. Parca verba, Sir John, good worts.
men; you hear it. Fal. Good worts !? good cabbage.-Slender, I broke your head; what matter have you against Enler Mistress Anne Page with wine; Mistress me?
Ford and Mistress Page following. Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in ny head against you; and against your congy-catching, Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried drink within.
(Erit Anne Page. me to the tavern, and inade me drunk, and after Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. wards picked my pocket.
Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Bar, You Banbury chcese !*
Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
well met: by your leave, good mistress. Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?
(kissing her. Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, parıca je slice! that's Come, we have a hiot venison påsty to dinner ; come, my humour.
gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkind Slen. Where's Simple, my man ?--can you tell, ness. cousin ?
[Ereunt all but Shai. Slend. and Evans. Eva. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under:. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, i had my stand: there is three umpires in this matter, as 1 book of songs and sonnets here: 0 Cotswold in Gloucestershire.
(7) King Edward's shillings, used in the game Worts was the ancient naine of all the câbe or shuffle-board. page kınd.
(8) Blade as thin as a lath. - (9) Lips. Sharpers. (4) Nothing but paring: 16) If you say I am a thief: (11) Drunki 6) The name of an ugly spirit. 16' Bew words. (12) The bounds of good behaviow,
Anne. Will’t please your worship to come in, sir
Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily, I am How now, Simple! where have you been? I must wait on myself, must I? You have not The Book Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. of Riddles about you, have you?
Slen. I am not a-hungry, I 'thank you, forsooth: Sim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend Go, sirrah,
for all you are my man, 80, wait upon it to Alice Shortcake, upon Allhallowmas last, a my cousin Shallow: [Exit Simple.)A justice on fortnight afore Michaelmas ?"
peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for Shal. Come, coz ; come, coz;. we stay for you. a man:-I keep but three men and a boy yet, till A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; there is my mother be dead: but what though? yet I'livo as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off like a poor gentleman born. by sir Hugh here; -do you understand me? Anne. I may not go in without your worship:
Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if they will not sit, till you come. it be so, I shall do that that is reason.
Šlen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as Shal. Nay, but understand me.
much as though I did. Slen. So l'do, sir.
Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: 1 Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I will description the matter to you, if you be capa- bruised my shin the other day with playing at city of it.
sword and dagger with a master of fence, three Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: veneys2 for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. his country, simple though I stand here.
Why do your dogs bark so? be there bears i' the Eva. But that is not the question ; the question town? is concerning your marriage.
Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.
talked of. Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon tress Anne Page.
quarrel at it, as any man in England:-you are Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not? any reasonable demands.
Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have command to know that of your mouth, or of your seen Sackerson loose, twenty times; and have lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is taken him by the chain: but, I warrant you, the parcel of the mouth;-therefore, precisely, can you women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it carry your good will to the maid?
pass’d:4—but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her? ihey are very ill-lavoured rough things.
Slen. I hope, sir,-I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.
.?e-enter Page. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come ; we towards her.
stay for you. Shal. That you must: will you, upon good dow Slen. I'll eat nothing ; I thank you, sir.
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon sir : come, come. your request, cousin, in any reason.
Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way, Sha!. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; Page. Come on, sir. what I do, is to pleasure you, coz; Can you love Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. the maid ?
Anne. Not I, sir ;, pray you, keep on, Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ;, but Slen. Truly, 'I will not go first ; truly, la: I will if there be no great love in the beginning, yet hea- not do you that wrong: ven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, Anne. I pray you, sir. when we are married, and have more occasion to Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than trouble know one another: l'hope, upon familiarity will some : you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. grow more contempt : but if you say, marry her,
[Exeunt. will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.
SCENE II.-The same. Enter Sir Hugh Evans Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; save, the
and Simple. faul is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely;
-his meaning is good. Era. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. house, which is the way: and there dwells ono Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. 'mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his
nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Re-enter Anne Page.
his washer, and his wringer.
Sim. Well, sir. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:-Would Eva. Nay, it is petter yet : -give her this letI were young, for your sake, mistress Anne ! ter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquain
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father tance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, desires your worships' company.
to desire and require her to solicit your master's Shal.' I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. desires to mistress Ann Page: I pray you, be gone;
Eva. Öd's plessed will! I will not be absence I will make an end of my dinner ; there's pippina at the grace.
and cheese to come.
LExeunt. Exeunt Shal, and Sir H. Evans,
(3). The name of a bear exhibited at Paria-Gasa An intended blunder.
den, in Southwark.
ry, marry her
SCENE III.A room in the Garter Inn. Enter gilded my foot, sometimes my, portly, belly.
Nym. I thank thee for that humour.
Fal. O, shc did so course o'er my exteriors with Fal. Mine host of the Garter, Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak scho- did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass!
such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye karly, and wisely:
Here's another letter to her : she bears the purse Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some too: she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty: of my followers.
I will be cheaters to them both, and they shall be Host. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier : let'exchequers to me; they shall be my Easi and West them wag; trot, trot.
Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.
thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to Host. Thou’rt
an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and mistress Ford : we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph; he shall
Pist. Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy become, draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector ?
And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer, take all ! Fal. Do so, good mine host.
Nym. I will run no base humour; here, take Host. I have spoke; let him follow: let me see the humour letter ; I will keep the 'haviour of rethee froth, and lime: I am at a word; follow.
putation. [Exit Host.
Fal. Hold, sirrah, (to Rob.] bear you these leta Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good ters tightly; trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a wither- Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.ed serving-man, a fresh tapster: go; adieu. Bard. It is a life that I have desired ;., I will Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter,
Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hail-stones, go; thrive.
pack! Pist. O base Gongarian' wight! wilt thou the Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, spigot wield?
French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted Nym. He was gotten in drink: is not the hu
page. (Exeunt Falstaff and Robin. mour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and
Pisl. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd and there's the humour of it.
fullam holds, Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinder- And high and low beguile the rich and poor: box; his thests were too open: his filching was Tester I'll have in pouch,' when thou shalt lack, like an unskilful singer, he kept not time.
Base Phrygian Turk! Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's
Nym. I have operations in my head, which be
humours of revenge. Pist. Convey, the wise it call: steal! foh; a Pist. Wilt thou revenge ? fico? for the phrase !
By welkin, and her star Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.
Pist. With wit, or steel? Pist, Why then let kibes ensue.
With both the humours, I; Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. I must shift,
Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, Pist. Young ravens must have food.
How Falstaff, varlet vile, Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
His dove will prove, his gold will hold, Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.
And his soft couch defile. Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about.
Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will incense Pist. Two yards, and more.
Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with Fal. No quips now, Pistol ; indeed, I am in the yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous : waist two yards about: but í am now about no that is my true humour. waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to
Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents : I semake love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in cond thee; troop on.
(Exeunt. her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation: I can construe the action of her fa- SCENE IVA room in Dr. Caius' house. Enter miliar style; and the hardest voice of her beha Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and Rugby. viour, to be English'd rightly, is, I am Sir John Falstaff's.
Quick. What: John Rugby! I pray thee, go Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated to the casement, and see if you can see my master, her well; out of honesty into English.
master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, and Nym. The anchor is deep: will that humour find any body in the house, here will be an old
abusing of God's patience, and the king's English. Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule Rug. I'll go watch.
[Exit Rugby: of her husband's purse; she hath legions of an Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon at gels.
night, in faith, at the latter
end of a sea-coal fire. Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her, An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant boy, say I.
shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, no Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humour tell-tale, nor no breed-bate : 10' his worst fault is, me the angels.
that he is given to prayer; he is something peevishi Fol. I have writ me here a letter to her : and that way; but nobody but has his fault ;--but let here another to Page's wife; who even now gave that pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is? me good eyes too, examind my parts with most Sim. Ay, for fault of a better. Judicious eyliads : sometimes the beam of her view Quick. And master Slender's your master ? $For Hungarian. (2) Fig. (3) Gold coin. (7) Sixpence I'll have in pocket.
Escheatour, an officer in the Exchequer 18) Instigate. (9) Jealousy. (10) Strife. (6) Cleverly, (6) False dico,
Sim. Ay, forsooth.
for my master, in the way of marriage. Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, Quick.
This is all, indeed, la ; but I'll ne'er put like a glover's paring-knife ?
my finger in the fire, and need not. Sim. No forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you ?-Rugby, bailles with a little yellow beard; a Cain-coloured beard. me some paper : Tarry you a little-a while. Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not ?
(vriles. Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall' a man ofl. Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been his hands, as any is between this and his head: he thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so hath fought with a warrener.
loud, and so melancholy ;-bat notwithstanding, Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember man, I'll do your master what good I can: and,
does he not hold up his head, as it were ? and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my strut in his gait ?
master, -I may call him my master, look you, for Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do what do all myself;I can for your master : Anne is a good girl, and I Sim. "Tis a great charge, to come under ona wish
Quick. Are you advis'd o' that? you shall find it a Re-enter Rugby.
great charge: and to be up early, and down late;
but notwithstanding (to tell you in your ear i.! Rug. Out, alas! here comes my master. would have no words of it;) my master himselt is
Quick. We shall all be shent:: run in here, good in love with mistress Anne Page: but notwithyoung man; go into this closet. Shuts Simple in standing that,- I know Anne's mind,--that's nei The closet.). He will not stay long.–What, John ther here nor there. Rugby! John, what, John, I say?-Go, John, go Caius. You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to ar inquire for my master ; I 'doubt, he be not well, Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut his troat that he comes not home :-and down, doron, in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack-a-nape adown-e, &c.
(Sings. priest to meddle or make :--you may be gone; it
is not good you tarry here:-by gar, I will cut all Enter Doctor Caius.
his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to trow at his dog
(Exit Simple. Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not like dese toys; Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitier Caius. It is no matter-a for dat :-do not you verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat I speak? tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? & green-a box.
-by gar, I vill kill de Jack priest; and I have apo Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad pointed mine host of de Jarlerre to measure our he went not in himself'; if he had found the young weapon :--by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. man, he would have been horn-mad. (Aside. Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be
Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. well: we must give folks leave to prate : What, Je m'en vais à la cour, -la grand affaire.
the good-jer !". Quick. Is it this, sir ?
Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me ;-by Caius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; depeche, gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby!
head out of my door :-Follow my heels, Rugby. Quick. What, John Rugby! John!
(Exeunt Caius and Rugby. Rug. Here, sir.
Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack own. No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a Rugby: come, take-a your rapier, and come after woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind my heel to de court.
than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. thank heaven.
Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's me! Fent. (Within.] Who's within there, ho ? Qu'ay j'oublie dere is some simples in my closet,. Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. house, I pray you.
Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, and be mad.
Enter Fenton. Caius. O diable, diable ! vat is in my closet ?Villany! larron !' (Pulling Simple out.] Rugby, Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou ? my rapier.
Quick. The better, that it pleases your good Quick. Good master, be content.
worship to ask. Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a?
Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress Quick. The young man is an honest man. Anne?
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ?. Quick. In truth, sir, and she is, pretty, and dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet. honest, and gentle; and one that is your friend, I
Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatic; hear can tell you that by the way; I praise heaven for it. the truth of it: he came of an errand to me from Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? Shall parson Hugh.
I not lose my suit ? Caius. Vell.
Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above: but Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to
notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a Quick. Peace, I pray you.
book, she loves you :-Have not your worship a Caius. Peace-a your tongue:-Speak-a your tale. wart above your eye ?
Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that? maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page, Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith, (1) Brave. (2) The keeper of a warren.
(4) The goujere, what the pos! 3) Scolded, reprimanded.