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Fenton, a young Gentleman of small Fortune, in Love

with Mrs. Anne Page.

Shallow, a Country Justice.

Slender, Coufin to Shallow, a foolish Country Squire..

Mr. Page, 7

Mr. Ford, S

two Gentlemen, dwelling at Windfor.

Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch Parfon.

Dr. Caius, a French Doctor.

Hoft of the Garter, a merry talking Fellow

Bardolph,

Pistol,

Nym,

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Sharpers attending on Falstaff,

Robin, Page to Falstaff.

William Page, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.

Simple, Servant to Slender.

Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Mrs. Page, Wife to Mr. Page,

Mrs. Ford, Wife to Mr. Ford.

Mrs. Anne Page, Daughter to Mr. Page, in Love with

Fenton.

Mrs. Quickly, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Servants to Page, Ford, or.

SCENE Windsor.

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THE

+Merry Wives of Windfor.

ACT I SCENE I.

The SCENE before Page's Houfe in Windfor.

Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans.

SHALLOW.

IR Hugh, perfwade me not; I will make a Star-Chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he fhall not abufe Robert Shallow, Efq;

Slen. In the county of Gloucester, ftice of peace, and Coram.

Shal. Ay, coufin Slender, and Cuftalorum.

Sten

↑ This Play written in the Author's best and ripet years, after enrth, by the command of Queen Elizabeth. There is a tradition that it was compos'd at a fortnight's Warn Ing. But that must be meant only of the first imperfect sketchof this Comedy, which is yet extant in an old Quarto edition, prin ex pa 1819. This which we here have, was alter'd and improved by Author almost in every speech.

Slen. Ay, and Rato-lorum too; and a gentleman born, mafter parfon, who writes himfelf Armigero in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero.

Shal. Ay that I do, and have done any time thefe three hundred years.

Slen. All his fucceffors, gone before him, have don't; and all his ancestors that come after him may; they may give the dozen white luces in their coat.

Shal. It is an old coat.

Eva. The dozen white lowfes do become an old coat well; it agrees well paffant; it is a familiar beast to man, and fignifies love.

Shal. The luce is the fresh-fifh, the falt-fifh is an old coat.

Sten. I may quarter, coz.

Shal. You may, by marrying.

Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
Shal. Not a whit.

Eva. Yes per-lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for your felf, in my fimple conjectures; but that is all one: if Sir John Falstaff have committed difparagements upon you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromifes between you. Shal. The council fhall hear it; it is a riot.

Eva. It is not meet the council hear of a riot; there is no fear of Got in a riot: the council, look you, fhall defire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot; take you viza-ments in that.

Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the fword fhould end it.

Eva. It is petter that friends is the fword that end it; and there is alfo another device in my prain, which peradventure prings good difcretions with it: there is Anne Page, which is daughter to mafter Tho mas Page, which is pretty virginity.

Slen. Miftrefs Anne Page? The has brown hair, and fpeaks like a woman.

Eva. It is that ferry perfon for all the orld, as juft

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