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Ford. I will seek out Falstaff.

Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting rogue. Ford. If I do find it :-well.

Page. I will not believe such a Cataian, though the priest o' the town commended him for a true man. 130 Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow :-well.

Page. How now, Meg!

[Mrs Page and Mrs Ford come forward. Mrs Page. Whither go you, George? Hark you. Mrs Ford. How now, sweet Frank! why art thou melancholy?


Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy. Get you home, go.

Mrs Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in thy head. Now, will you go, Mistress Page?


Mrs Page. Have with you. You'll come to dinner, George? [Aside to Mrs Ford] Look who comes yonder: she shall be our messenger to this paltry knight.

Mrs Ford. [Aside to Mrs Page] Trust me, I thought on her she'll fit it.



Mrs Page. You are come to see my daughter Anne? Quick. Ay, forsooth; and, I pray, how does good Mistress Anne?


Mrs Page. Go in with us and see: we have an hour's talk with you. Page, Mrs Ford, and Mrs Quickly.

[Exeunt Mrs 127 drawling, affecting] FF3F4. drawl

ing-affecting F1Q3. drawling, affect-
ed Hanmer.

132 [Mrs...forward.] ...forwards. Theo


SCENE IV. Page and Ford meeting
their wives. Pope.

138 crotchets] crotchet Dyce, ed. 2 (S.
Walker conj.).

139 head. Now, will]head, Now: willF1.

head, Now, will Q3. head. Now: will F2F3F4. head now. Will Johnson. 141, 143 [Aside...] Marked by Capell. 144 Enter...] Rowe.

148 we have] we would have Hudson (S. Walker conj.). we'd have Jervis conj.

149 [Exeunt...] Rowe.

Page. How now, Master Ford!


you not?

Ford. You heard what this knave told me, did
Page. Yes and you heard what the other told me?
Ford. Do you think there is truth in them?

Page. Hang 'em, slaves! I do not think the knight would offer it: but these that accuse him in his intent towards our wives are a yoke of his discarded men; very rogues, now they be out of service.

Ford. Were they his men?

Page. Marry, were they.


Ford. I like it never the better for that. Does he lie at the Garter?


Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend this voyage toward my wife, I would turn her loose to him; and what he gets more of her than sharp words, let it lie on my head.


Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife; but I would be loath to turn them together. A man may be too confident: I would have nothing lie on my head: I cannot be thus satisfied.


Page. Look where my ranting host of the Garter comes there is either liquor in his pate, or money in his purse, when he looks so merrily.

Enter HOST.

How now, mine host!

Host. How now, bully-rook! thou'rt a gentleman. Cavaleiro-justice, I say!


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Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow. Good even and twenty, good Master Page! Master Page, will you go with us? we have sport in hand.

Host. Tell him, cavaleiro-justice; tell him, bully-rook. Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought between Sir Hugh the Welsh priest and Caius the French doctor. 181 Ford. Good mine host o' the Garter, a word with you. [Drawing him aside.

Host. What say'st thou, my bully-rook? Shal. [To Page] Will you go with us to behold it? My host hath had the measuring of their weapons; and, merry I think, hath appointed them contrary places; for, believe me, I hear the parson is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our sport shall be.

[They converse apart. Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my guestcavaleire?


Ford. None, I protest: but I'll give you a pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell him my name is Brook; only for a jest.

Host. My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress and regress;—said I well?—and thy name shall be Brook. It is a merry knight. Will you go, An-heires?

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an-heirs F4 myn-heers Hanmer (Theobald conj.). on here Collier, ed. 2 (Theobald conj.). on, Heris Warburton. an heiress Grey conj. on, hearts Cowden Clarke (Heath conj.). on, heroes Steevens conj. and hear us Malone conj. cavaliers Singer (Boaden conj.). eh, sir Becket conj. an arrhes Anon. conj. (N. & Q. 1867). one-ears Rushton conj. (N. & Q. 1868). Anchises Bulloch conj.

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Page. I have heard the Frenchman hath good skill in his rapier.


Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more. In these times you stand on distance, your passes, stoccadoes, and I know not what : 'tis the heart, Master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the time, with my long sword I would have made you four tall fellows skip like rats.


Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? Page. Have with you. I had rather hear them scold than fight. [Exeunt Host, Shal., and Page. Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off my opinion so easily she was in his company at Page's house; and what they made there, I know not. Well, I will look further into't and I have a disguise to sound Falstaff. If I find her honest, I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour well bestowed.

SCENE II. A room in the Garter Inn.


Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.
Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.

204 you] your Collier, ed. 2 (Williams

205!] Hear, boys, hear, hear! Gould conj.

206 hear] have Hanmer.

207 than] than see them Singer, ed. 2
(Collier MS.).
[Exeunt...] Rowe.
208 stands] stand F.

209 frailty] fealty Theobald. fidelity
Collier MS. purity Gould conj.


211 they made] made them Hanmer.
214 [Exit.] Rowe. Exeunt. FfQ3.

A room in...] Capell. The Garter
Inn. Pope.

Enter...] Rowe. Enter Falstaffe,
Pistoll, Robin, Quickly, Bardolffe,
Ford. FfQ3.

2,3] As in Steevens (1793).

One line in Capell. Prose in FfQ3. 3 open.]open.-I will retort the sum in

Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and your coachfellow Nym; or else you had looked through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. I am damned in hell for swearing to gentlemen my friends, you were good soldiers and tall fellows; and when Mistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan, I took't upon mine honour thou hadst it not.

Pist. Didst not thou share? hadst thou not fifteen pence?


Fal. ́ Reason, you rogue, reason: think'st thou I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, hang no more about me, I am no gibbet for you. Go. A short knife and a throng!-To your manor of Pickt-hatch! Go. You'll not bear a letter for me, you rogue! you stand upon your honour! Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do to keep the terms of my honour precise: I, I, I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honour! You will not do it, you!

equipage. Theobald (from Q1Q2). open.-I will...equipoise. Jackson conj.

6, 7 coach-fellow] couch-fellow Theobald. yoke-fellow Id. conj.

12 Didst not thou] F1Q3F2. Didst thou not F3F4.

Didst...pence?] As in Capell. Prose in FfQ3.

16 throng] (QQ2) FfQ3. thong Pope (from Dennis).

19 terms] termes F1Q3. terme F2. term F3F4.

honour] hononor F1.


I, I, I] I Pope. I, ay, I Grant

20 God] (Q1Q2). heaven FfQ3.
22 yet you, rogue,] Pope. yet, you Rogue,
FfQ3 yet you, you rogue, Collier

23 rags] rages Becket conj. brags Sin-
ger, ed. 2 (Anon., N. & Q., conj.).
24 bold-beating] bull-baiting Hanmer.
bold-bearing Warburton. bold cheat-
ing Heath conj. blunderbust Halli-
well MS. bold-breathing Cartwright
conj. bold-braving Kinnear conj.

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