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Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe ! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Dr. Caius's house.

Je m'en vai à la Cour,- la grunde ajuire.

Quic. Is it this, sir? Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and John Rugby. Caius. Ouy, mettezle au mon pocket; Depechez,

Quic. What; John Rugby!—I pray thee, go 5 quickly:-Vere is dat knave Rugby? to the casement, and see if you can see my master, Quic. What, John Rugby! John! master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith,

Rug. Here, sir, and find any body in the house, here will be an Cuius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack old' abusing of God's patience, and the king's Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and come after English.

10 my heel to de court. Rug. I'll go watch.

[Erit Rugby Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. Quic. Go; and we'll have a posset fort soon at Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's me! night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire!. Qu'ay j'oublie dere is some simples in my closet, An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, 15 Quic. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate ?: his worst lauli and be mad. is, that he is given to prayer; he is something Caius. O diable, diable ! vat is in my closet:peevish' that way: but nobody but has his fault; Villaine, larron! Rugby, my rapier. --but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say you

[Pulls Simple out of the closete name is?

20 Quic. Good master, be content. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.

Cuius. Verefore shall I be content-a? Quic. And master Slender's

your master?

Quic. The young man is an honest man. Sim. Ay, forsooth.

Cuius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet! :2uic. Does he not wear a great round beard, Here is no honest man dat shall come in my closet, like a glover's paring-knife?

25 Quic. I beseech you be not so flegmatic; hear Sim. No, foisooth: he hath but a little wee the truth of it. He came of errand to me from face, with a little yellow beard; a' Cain-colour' || parson Hugh. beard.

Caius. Vell. Quic. A softly sprighted man, is he not?

Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her toSim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as talla man of his 30 Quic. Peace, I pray you. hands', as any is between this and his head; he Caius. Peace-a your tongue: Speak-a your tale. hath fought with a warrener.

Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your Quic. How say you?-oh, I should remem

maid, to speak a good word to mistress AnnePage ber him ; Does he not hold up his head, as it were: for my master in the way of marriage. and strut in his gait?

|35 Quic. This is all, indeed-la; but I'll never put Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

my finger in the fire, and need not. Quic. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse 'Cuius. Sir Hugh send-a you?—Rugby, baillez fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do me some paper: Tarry you a little while. what I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, Quic. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been and I wish

40 thoroughly moved, you should bave heard him so Re-enter Rugby.

loud, and so melancholy;--but notwithstanding, Rug. Out, alas ! here comes iny master. man, I'll do for your master what good I can:

Quic. We shall all be shent': Run in here, good and the very yea and the nois, the French doctor, young man; go into this closet. [Shuts Simple in my master, -I may call him my master, lock you, the closet.] He will not stay long.–What, John 45 for I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, Rugby! John, what John, I say!-Go, John,

dress meat and drink, make the beds, go enquire for my master; I doubt, he be not and do all myself. well, that he comes not home:-and down, Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one dozen u-dozen-a® &c.

[Sings. body's hand. Enter Doctor Caius.

150 Quic. Are you avis'd o’that? you shall find it Caius. Vat is you siug? I do not like dese toys; a great charge: And to be up early, and down Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boz- Hate ;- but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your tier' verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vai ear; I would have no words on it) my inaster limI speak? a green-a box.

self is in love with mistress Anne Page: but notQuic. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. 55 withstanding that, I know Anne's mind, I am glad he went not in himself: if he had found that's neither here nor there. the young man, he would have been hurn-mad. Caius. Youjick'nape; give-a dis letter to Sir

[.Aside. Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut his ! That is, when my master is in bed. 2 Bate is an obsolete word, signifying strife, contention. 3 Foolish. * ivec, in the northeru dialect, signities very little.

(ain and Judas, in the tapestries and pictures of old, were represented withi yellow beards. Probably an allusion 10 the jockey measure, so many hands high, used by grooms when speaking of horses. ? That is, scolded.

• To deceive her master, she sings as it at her work. Boilier, in French, sigsities a case of surgeon's instruments.

throat shew

bake, scour,

throat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack- | Quic. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, a-nape priest to meddle or inake:- you may be and gentle, and one that is your friend, I can tell gone; it is not good you tarry here: -by gar, I you that by the way, I praise heaven for it. vill cut all histwo stones; by gar, he shall not have Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou? shall a stone to trow at his dog. [Exit Simple. 5 I not lose my suit? Quic. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.

Quic. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above; but Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:do you not notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself?-- book, she loves you:--Have not your worship by gar, I vill kill de jack priest; and I have ap- a wart about your eye? pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our 10 Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that? weapon ;-by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quic. Well, thereby hangs a tale:-good faith,

Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be it is such another Nan; but I detest, an honest well: we must give folks leave to prate: What, maid as ever broke bread:-We hadan hour'stalk the goujere.

of that wart; I shall never laugh but in that Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me: 15 maid's company!

-But indeed she is given too By gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your much to allicholly and musing: But for you--head out of door :-Follow my heels, Rugby.

Well--go to. [Ex. Caius and Rugby. Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day: Hold, there's Quic. You shall have An fool's-head of yourown. money for thee; me have thy voice in my No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman 20 behalt: if thou seest her before me, commend in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank Quic. Will I? ay, faith, that we will: and I heaven.

will tell your worship more of the wart, the next Fent. (Within.] Who's within there, ho? time we have confidence; and of other wovers.

Quic. Who's there, I trow? come near the 25 Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now. house, I pray you.

[Exit. Enter Mr. Fenton.

Quic. Farewell to your worship.-Truly, an Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou? honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; I Quic. The better that it pleases your good wor

know Anne's mind as well as another does: Out ship to ask.

|30 upon't! what have I forgot? Fent. Whatnews? how does pretty mistress Anne?!



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What a Herod of Jewry is this? O wicked, Before Page's house.

40 wicked world !-one that is well nigh worn to Enter Mistress Page with a letter. Ipieces with age, to shew himself a young gallant ! Mistress Page. WHAT, have. I’scap'd love- What an unweigh'd behaviour has this Flemish

letters in the holy-day-time drunkard pick'd (with the devii' name) out of my of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them? conversation, that he dares in this manner assay Let me see:

45 ine? Why, he hath not been thrice in my comAsk me no reason why I love you ; for? though pany:-What should I say to bim?—I was then love use reason for his precision, he admitshim not frugal of my mirth:-heaven forgive me!—Why, for his counsellor: You are not young, no more am l'll exbibit a bill in the parliament for the putting T; go to then, there's sympath'ı: you are merry, so

down of men. How shall I be reveng'd on him? am l: Ha! ha! then there's more sympathy: you 50 for reveng'd I will be, as sure as his guts are made love suck, and so dol:Would you desire better sum- of puddings. pathy? let it suffice thee, mistress Page, (at the

Enter Mistress Ford. least, if the love of a soldier can suffice) that I love Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, thee. I will not say,pity me,'tis not a soldier-like ing to your house. phrase; but I say, love me.

55 Mrs.Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you. Thine own true knight,

You look very ill.
By day or night,

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have
Or any kind of light,

to shew to the contrary. With all his might,

Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. For thee to fight, John Falstaff. 1601 Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could That is, morbus Gallicus. ? The meaning is, though love permit reason to tell what is fit to be done, he seldom follows its advice. --By precision, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordipary degree of virtue and sanctity. Meaning, at all times. E 2

I was go

By me,

shew you to the contrary: 0, mistress Page, give ja fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to me some counsel!

mine host of the Garter. Alrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? Mrs. ford. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy

Mrs. Ford. Owoman, if it were not for one tri- against him that may not sully the chariness of our fing respect, I could come to such honour ! 5 honesty: Oh, that iny husband saw this letter ! it

Mrs. Puge. Hang the trifle, woman; take the would give eternal food to his jealousy. honour : What is it?-dispense with trilles ;- Alrs.Page. Why, look, where he comes; and what is it?

my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I am Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eter- from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an unnal moment, or so, I could be knighted. 110 measurable distance.

Mrs. Puge. What?—thou liest !—Sir Alice Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. Ford!—These knights will hack; and so thou Mrs. Puge. Let's consult together against this shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry'. greasy knight: Come hither. [They retire.

Ali's. Ford. We burn day-light? :-here, read, Enter Ford with Pistol, Page with Nym. read;-perceive how Imight be knighted.--I shall 15 Ford. Well, I hope it be not so. think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye Pist. Hope is a • curtail-dog in some affairs: to make difference of men's liking: And yet he Sir John ailects thy wile. would not swear; prais'd women's modesty; and Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. [poor, gave such orderly and well-behav'd reproof to all Pist. He wooes both high and low, both rich and uncomeliness, that I would have sworn bis disposi-20 Roth young and old, one with another, Ford ! tion would have gone to the truth of his words: He loves thy gally-mawtry?; Ford, perpend. but they do no more adhere, and keep place toge

Ford. Luve my wife? ther, than the bundredth psalın to the tune of

Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or gothou. Green Slectes! What tempest, I trow, threw this Likesir.Acta on he, with Ringwoodattiy heels:whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashoro 250, odious is the name! at Windsor: How shall I be revenged on him? ! Ford. What name, sir? think, the best way were to entertain him with Pist. The horn, I say: Farewell. hope, till the wicked tire of lust have inelted him in Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by his own grease. -Did you ever hear the like?

night: lis. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name 30 Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do of Page and Ford ditfers!—To thy great comfort

sing, in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-bro- Away, sir corporal Nym.ther of thy letter: but let thine inherit first, for Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Erit Pistol. I protest inine never shall. I warrant, he hath a Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. thousand of these letters, writ with blauk space for 35 Num. [Speaking to Puge.) And this istrue; I like different names, (sure more) and these are of the not the humour of lying. He hath wrong'd ine in second edition: He will print them out of doubt ; some humours: I should have borne the humour'd for he cares not what he puts into the *

* press, when letter to her; but I have a sword, and it shall bite be would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, upon my necessity. He loves your wife; there's and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you 10 the short and the long. My name is corporal Nym, twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. I speak, and I avouch. Tis true ;-my nanie is

Alrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the very Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife.-Adieu! I love hand, the very words: What doth he think of us ? not the humourofbreadand cheese; and there's the Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: It makes me al- humour of it. Adieu.

[Exit Nym. most ready to wrangle with inine own honesty: l'11 45 Page. The humour of it, quoth a'! here's a felentertain myselt like one that I ain not acquainteal flow frights humour out of its wits. withal; for, sure, unless he knew some strain in Ford. I will seek out Falstati. me, that I know not myself, he would never have Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting boarded me in this fury.

rogue. Mrs. Ford. Boariling, call you it? I'll be sure to 50 ford. If I do find it, well. keep him above deck.

Page. I will not believe such a Cataian®, though Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my the priest o'the town commended him for a true hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reveng' on hini: let's appoint him a meeting; give him a Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow: Well. show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with55 Puge. Ilow now, Meg?

To hack, is an expression used in another scene of this play, to signify to do mischief. The sense of this passage may therefore be, These knights are a riotous, dissolute sort of people, and on that account thou shouldst not wish to be of the number. 2 That is, we have more proof than we want. * A popular ballad of those times. * Press is used here ambiguously, for a press to print, and a press to squeeze. * That is, the caution which ought to attend on it. • Persons not qualified to keep a greyhound cut off his tail, and then he is termed a lurcher; yet seldom lets his gaine escape. S.A, A medley. • By a Cutaian, some kind of sharper was probably meant.




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Afrs.Page. Whithergoyou,George?-Hark you. sir Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art doctor. thou melancholy?

Ford. Good mine host o'the Garter, a word with Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy:-Get you home, go.

Host. What say'st thou, huly-rook? Mrs. Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in

[They go a little aside. thy head now.—Will you go, mistress Page? Shal. [To Puge.] Will you go with us to behold

Mrs. Puge. Have with you.-You'll come to lit? My merry host hath båd the measuring of their dinner, George?-Look, who comes yonder: she weapons; and, I think, he bath appointed them shall be our messenger to this paltry knight. 10 contrary places: for, believe me, I hear the par

[Aside to I/rs. Ford. son is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our Enter Mrs. Quickly. Mrs.Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll fitit. Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my

Mírs. Puge. You are come to see my daughter guest-cavalier? Anne?

15 Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a potQuic. Ay, forsooth: And, I pray, how does good tle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and mistress Anne?

tell him, my name is Brook, only for a jest. Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an Host. My hand, buly: thou shalt have egress hour's talk with you.

and regress; said I well and thy naine shall be (Er. Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quickly. 20 Brook: It is a merry knight. --- Will you go anPage. How now, master Ford?

heirs ?? Ford. You heard what this hnave told me; did Shal. Have with you, mine host. you not?

Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Page. Yes;and vou heard what the othertoldme skill in his rapier. Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? 25 Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more: In

Page. Hang'em slaves! I do not think the knight these times you stand on distance, your passes, would offer it: but these, that accuse him in his in- stoccados, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, tent towards our wives, are a yoke of his cliscarded master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the men; very rogues', now thy be out of service. time, with my long sword ', I would have made Ford. Were they his men?

30 you four tall feilows skip like rats. Page. Marry, were they.

Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? Ford. I like it never the better for that. Does

Page. Have with

you:-I had rather hear them he lie at the Garter?

scold than fight. [Ereunt Host, Shallow and Page. Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should in- Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand tend his

voyage towards my wife, I would turn her 3.5 so firmly on his wife's frailty *, yet I cannot put off Loose to hijn; and what he gets more of her than my opinion so easily: She was in his company at sharp words, let it lie on my head.

Page's house; and, what they made there, I know Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife; but I would not. Well, I will look further into't: and I have be loth to turn them together: A man may be too a disguise to sound Falstaff: If I find her honest, confident: I would have nothing lie on my head:40 I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis laI cannot be thus satistied.

bour well bestow'd.

[Exit. Puge. Look, where my ranting host of the

SCENE II. Garter comes: there is either liquor in his pate, or

The Garter inn.
money in bis purse, when he looks so merrily.--
Ilow now, mine host?

Enter Falstuff and Pistol.
Enter Host and Shalloru.

Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.
Host. How now, bully-rook? thou’rt a gen-

Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster', which tleman: cavalero-justice, I say.

I with sword will open. I will retort the sum in Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow. Good equipage. eren, and twenty, good master Page! Master 50 Ful. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, Page, will you go with us? we have sport in you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have hand.

grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for Host. Tellhim, cavalero-justice; tell him, bully- you and your coach-fellow, Nym; or else you had rook!

look'd through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. Shul. Sir, there is a fray to be fought between|55|1 am damn'd in hell, for swearing to gentlemen, "That is, cheats. 2 This

passage is evidently obscure. Mr. Steevens proposes to read, Will you 59 01, hearts? in confirmation of which conjecture, he observes, that the Ilosi calls Dr. Caius Heart of Elder; and adds, in a subsequent scene of this play, Farewell, my hearts,

3 Before the introduction of rapiers, the swords in use were of an enormous length. Shallow here censures the innovation of lighter weapons. * To stand on any thing, signifies to insist on it. To Ford, who is jealouis, all chastity in women appears as frailty. • Dr. Gray supposes Shah speare to allude to an old proverb, “ The mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger:” that is, to keep them at a suflicient distance from his nose, that town being tourscore miles from the sea. Dr. Warburton conjectures the meaning of this to be, I will pay you again in stolen goods; and his opinion is confirined by that of Mr. Farmer.



my friends, you were good soldiers, and' tall fel- Ful. Well: mistress Ford;- --what of her? lows: and when mistress Bridget lost the handle Quic. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, of her fan?, I too't upon mine honour, thou lord! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven had t it not.

förgive you, and all of us, I pray! Pist. Didst thou not share? hadst thou not fif- 5 Ful. Mistress Ford; come, mistress Ford,teenpence?

Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; Ful. Reason, you rogue, reasor: Think'st thou, you have brought her into such a canaries', as 'tis I'll endanger my sou g at s? Ala word, hang ng wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when more about me, I am jio gibbet for you :-g0.- the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought A short knife and a tho g,--to your manor of 10 her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, Picki-hatch', go.—You'll not beara letter for me, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I you rogue!--you stand upon your lionour !- warrant you, coach after coach, letter atter letter, Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as gift after gift; smelling so sweetiy, (all musk) and I can do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. so rusling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in 1, I, I myself sometiines leaving the fear of hea- 15 such alligant t-rms; and in such wine and sugar ven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in of the best, and the fairest, that would have won my necessity, am fain to shutlle, to hedge, and to any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they lurch ; and yet yoll, rogue, will ensconce* your could never get an eye-wink of her. I had myself rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattice twenty angels given me this morning: but I defy phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the 20 all angels, (in any such sort as they say) but in the shelter of your honour! You will not do it, you? way of honesty :-and, I warrant you, they could Pist. I'd relent: what would'st thou more of never get her so much as sip on a cup with the man?

proudest of them all: and yet there has been earls; Enter Robin.

nay, which is more, pensioners’; but, I warrant
Rob. Sir, here's a wonan would speak with you.25 you, all is one with her.
Ful. Let her approach.

Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my
Enior Mrs. Quickly.

good she Mercury,
Quic. Give your worship good-inorrow. Quic. Marry, she hath received your letter; for
Ful. Good-morrow, good wife.

the which she thanks you a thousand times: and Quic. Not so, an't please your worship. 30 he gives you to notify, that her husband will be Fiil. Good maid, then.

absence from his bouse between ten and eleven. Quic. I'll be worn; as my mother was, the first Fal. Ten and eleven. hour I was born.

Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Ful. I do believe the swearer: What with me: and see the picture, she says, that you wote of; Quic. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or 35 -master Ford, her husband, will be from home. two?

Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; Ful. Two thousand, fair woman; and I he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very framyouchsafe thee the hearing.

pold' life with him, good heart. Quic. There is one mistress Ford, sir ;-I pray, Ful. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me come a little nearer this ways:-1 myself dweli 40 to her; I will not fail her. with master doctor Caius.

Quic. Why, you say well: But I have another Ful. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say,

inessenger to your worship: Mistress Page has her Quic. Your worship says very true: 1pray your hearty commendations to you too;—and let me tell worship, come a little nearer this ways.

you in your ear; she's as fartuous a civil modest Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears;—mine own 45 wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you people, mine own people.

morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, Quic. Are they so : Heaven bless them, and whoe'er be the other: and she bade me tell your make them his servants!

(worship, that her husband is seldom from home; A tall fellow, in the tiine of our author, meant, a stout, bold, or courageous person.

Fans, in Shakspeare's time, were more costly than they are at present, as well as of a different construction, They consisted of ostrich feathers, (or others of equal length and flexibility) which were stuck into handles. The richer sort of these were composed of gold, silver, or ivory of curious workmanship; The sum of forty pounds was sometimes given for a fan in the time of queen Elizabeth. A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. Ficki-ha!ch probably is derived from the pickes placed upon the hatches of the doors of the baw dy-houses of those times ; a precaution which perhaps the unseasonable and obstreperous irruptions of the gallants of that age might render necessary. A sconce is a petty fortification: to ensconce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. 5 Your ale-house conversation. Red lattice at the doors and windows, were formerly the external insignia of an ale-house. Hence the present chequers ; and it is very remarhable, that shops, with the sign of the chequers, were common among the Romans. * This is the name of a brisk light dance, and not therefore improperly used in vulgar language for any hurry or perturbation : perhaps, however, it is not improbable, that canaries is only a mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quanduries. A pensioner, in those times, meant a gentleman always attendant upon the person of the prince. * To uot is to know. °Ray says, that frampald, or fiampard, signifies fretjul, peevish, cross, froward,



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