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shew you to the contrary: 0, mistress Page, give a fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to me some counsel!
mnine host of the Garter. Alrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? Mrs. foril. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy
Mrs. Ford. Owoman, if it were not for one tri against him that nay not sully the chariness' of our fling respect, I could come to such honour ! 5 honesty. Oh, that my husband saw this letter! it
N1rs. Page. Hang the tritle, woman; take the would give eternal food to his jealousy. honour : What is it :-dispense with trifles; Mrs.Prge. Why, look, where he comes; and what is it?
my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I ain Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eter from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an uknal moment, or so, I could be knighted.
10 measurable distance. Vrs. Prge. What?—thou liest !-Sir Alice Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. Ford!—These knights will hack; and so thou Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry'. greasy knight: Come hither.
[They retire. 111s. Ford. We burn day-light? :-here, read, Enter Ford with Pistot, Page with Nym. read;--perceive how I might 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 dittürence of men's liking: And yet
he Sir John aifects thy wiie. 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 his disposi-20 Both young and old, one with another, ford! tion would have gone to the truth of his words: He loves thiy gally-mawtry'; Ford, perpend. but they do no more adhere, and keep place toge Ford. Love my wife? ther, than the hundredth psalın to the tune of Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, orgothou, Green Sleeves ? What tu mpest, I trow, threw this LikeSir Act@onle, with Ringwoodalthy heels:whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore 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 fire oflust have melted him in Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by his own grease.; -Did you ever hear the like?
night Alrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name 30 Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do of Page and Ford ditters!—To thy great comfort
sing. in this mystery of ill opinions, liere's the tu in-bro Away, sir corporal Nym.ther of ihy létter: but let thine inherit first, for Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Erit Pistol. I protest mine never shall. I warrant, he hath a Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for 35 Nym.[Speaking to Page.] And this istrue; I like different names, (sure more) and these are of the notihe humour of lying. He hath wrong'd me 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 lletter to her; but I have a sword, and it shall bite he would put us two.
had rather be a giantess, upon my necessity. He loves your wife; there's and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you 40 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 name is
Mrs. Ford. Illy, this is the very same; the very Nym, and l'alstattloves your wife.—Adieu! I love hand, the very words: What doth he think of us? not the humourofbreadandcheese; and there'sthe Mrs. Pagi. Nay, I know not: It makes me al humour of it. Adieu.
[Exit Nym. most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. ['11 4.5 Puge. The humour of it, quoth a'! here's a felentertain myself like one that I am not acquainted low trights humour out of its wits, withal; for, sure, unless he knew some strain in Ford. I will seek out Falstatf. me, that I know not myself, he would never have Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting boarded me in this fury.
rogue. Nirs. Fird. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure to 50 Ford. If Ilo find it, well. keep him above deck,
Page. I will not believe such a Cataian", though Alrs. Page. So will I; if he come under iny the priest o’the town commended him for a true hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reveng' on him: let's appoint him a meeting; give bim a Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow: Well. show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with(55) Puge. How now, Mug?
? To hack, is an expression used in another scene of this play, to signify to do mischicf, The sense of this passage may therciore be, These hnights are a riotous, dissolute sort of people, and on that account thou shouldst not wish to be of the number. ? That is, we have more proof than we want. * A popular ballad of those times, Presijs xsed bere anbiguously, for a press to print, and a press to squeeze.
• That is, the cution ulrich ought to attend on it. Prrsons not qualified to keep a greyhound cut off his tail
, and then be is termed a lurcher; yet seldom lets his gamo escape. S. A, A snedley. * By a Cutajari, some kind of sharper was probably meant.
sport shall be.
Mrs.Page. Whithergo you, George?-Hark you. sir Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French Alrs. 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. you. Get you home, go.
51 Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook? Mrs. Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in
[They go a little aside. thy head now.. Will you go, inistress Page? Shal. [To Page.] Will you go with us to behold
Mrs. Puge. Have with you.-You'll come to it? My merry host hath had the measuring of their dinner, George?-Look, who comes yonder: she weapons; and, I think, he liath appointed them shall be our messenger to this paltry knight. 10 contrary places : for, believe me, I hear the par
[Aside to Jirs. 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 Mrs. Puge. You are come to see my daughter
15 Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a potQuic. Ay, forsooth: And, I pray, low 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. Puge. Go in with us, and see; we have an Host. My hand, bu'ly: thou shalt have egress hour's talk with you.
and regress; said I well? and thy name shall he [Er. A1rs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quickly.20 Brook: It is a merry knight. -- Will you go anPage. How now, master l'ord?
heirs ?? Ford. You heard what this knave told me; did Shul. Have with you, mine host. Fou 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? 125 Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more: In Puce. Hang em slaves! I do not think the knight these times you stand on distance, your passes, would offer it: but these, that accuse bim in his in stoccados, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, tent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discardel master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the men; very rogues?, now th •y 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 bear them he lie at the Garter?
scold than fight. [Exeunt Host, Shallow and Page. Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should in Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand tend his vovage towards my wife, I would turn her 35 so firmly on his wife's frailty“, yet I cannot put off loose to him; 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 iny 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 1 lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis laI cannot be thus satisfied.
bour well bestow'd.
[Erit. Page. Look, where my ranting host of the
SCENE II. Garter comes: there is either liquor in his pate, or
The Garter inn.
Enter Falstafi'an: Pistol.
Ful. 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 . ese'n, and twenty, good master Page! Master 30 Fal. 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 haud.
grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for Host. Tellliim, caralero-justice; tell him, bully you and your coach-tellow, 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 damu'd in hell, for swearing to gentlemen,
1 That is, cheats. 2 This passage is evidently obscure. Mr. Steevens proposes to read, Will you 39 on, hearts? in confirmation of which conjecture, he observes, that the lost calls Dr. Caius Heart of Eller; 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 jea1911s, all clustity in women appears as frailty, Dr. Gray supposes Shakspeare to allude to an oid' proverb, “ The mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger:” that is, to keep them at a sythicient distance from his nose, that town being fourscore miles from the sea. 6 Dr. Warburton Comiectures the meaning of this to be, I will pay you again in stolen goods; and his opinion is consuitd by that of Mr. F'armer.
my friends, you were good soldiers, and' tall fe!-! Fal. Well: mistress Ford;what of her? Jows: and when inistres Bridget lost the handle Quic. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, ot h’r fan?, I took't upon mine honour, thou lord! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven hadst it not.
forgive you, and all of us, I Pist. Dit thou not share? hadst thou not fif- 5 Ful. Mistress Ford; come, mistress Ford, terpence?
Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; Ful. Rerson, you rogue, reasor. : Think'st thou, you have brought her into such a canaries', as 'tis: I'll endan zer my ou ő ut.s? Sta w orc!, hang n wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when more about me, I am no gibbut for you:--90. the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought A short knife and a tho!!,-in your manor of 10 her to such a canary. Yet there has been knighits, Pickl-hatch', 90.-You'llnot bearaletter for me, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I you rozue!--you stand upon your honour! warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, Why, thou unconnable baseness, it is as much a gift after giit; smelling so sweet y, (ail 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 sometimes kaving the tear of hea- 15 such alligant t rins; and in such wine and sugar ven on thiet hand, and biling mine honour in pf the best, and the faire t, that would have won my necessity, am iain to guide', to hedge, and to any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they. Jurch ; and yet you, roghe, wili ensconce* your could never get an eye-wink of her.-I had my self sags, your cat-a-1mountain :ooks, your red-lattice twenty angels given ine this morning: but loty phrases, and your bola-besting ouths, under the 20 all angels, (in i ny such sort as they say, but in the shhter of your bonour! You will not do it, you? way of honesty:-and, I warrant you, they could Pist. Tio relent: what would'st thou more oi never get her so much as sip on a cup with the man?
proudest of them all: and yet there has been earls, Enter Trobin.
way, which is more, pensioners?; but, I warrant Rob. Şir, here's a wonan would speak with you. 23. ou, all is one with her. Ful. Let her approach.
Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my Enei lins, cui hly.
Igood she Mercury. Quic. Give your worship good-morrow.
Quic. Marry, she hath received your letter; for Ful. Good-morrow, good wife.
the which she thanks you a thousand times: and 2!lic. Not so, an't please your worship. Bishe gives you to notity, that her husband will be Ful. Good maid, thep.
Jabsence from his house between ten and eleven. Quic. l’ilbsworn; as iny mother was, the first Fal. Ten and eleven. hour I was born.
Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Fil. I do believe the swearer: What with me and see the picture, she says, that you wot* of; Quic. Shall I vouchsafe your worshipa word or 35-master Ford, her husband, will be from home. two?
Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; Fil. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'l he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very framaTo'ichsafe 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 :-I myselt dwe: 40 to her; I will not fail her. with master doctor Caius.
Quic. Why, you say well: Put I have another Fil. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say, messenger to your worship: Mistress Page has her
Quic. Your worship says very true: I pray your hearty commendations to you too;-andletmetell worship, come a little nearer this ways.
vou in your ear; she's as tartuous a civil modest Fal. I warrant thee, nobody bears;-nine owi. 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 thy so ficaven bless them, and whoe'er be the other: and she balle me tell your make them his servants!
worship, that her husband is seldom from home; A tall fill rw, in the time of our author, meant, a stout, bold, or courageous person.
? Fans, in Shakspeare's time, were more costiy than they are at present, as well a- of a diferent 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 torty pounds was sometimes given for a fan in the time of queen Elizabeth. A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. l'icht-ha ch probably is derived from the pickes placed upon the batches of the doors of the bawdy-houses of those times ; a precaution which perhaps ihe unseasonable and obstreperous irruptions of the galants of that age might render necessary. * A sconce is a petty fortification: 10 0:concr, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. 5 Your ale-house conversation. R dlaltice at the doors and windows, were borinerly the external insignia of an ale-house. Hence the present chequers; and it is very remarkable, that shops, with the sign of the chequers, were common among the Romans,
• This is the rra!ne of a brisk light dance, and not therefore improperly used in vulgar language tor any hurry or perturbation : perhaps, however, it is not improbable, that canaries is only a mistake oi lirs. Quichly'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 frumpald, or frampard, signities freujud, peevish, cross, frovard.
but she hopes, there will come a time. I never Ford. I make bold, to press with so little pre-
Fil. You're welcome: What's your will? Give
[Erit Bardolph. of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent Quic. Blessing on your heart fort.
much; my name is Brook. Ful. But, I pray tlice, tell me this: has Ford's Ful. Good master Brook, I desire more acwite, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how quaintance of you. they love me?
Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to Quic
. That were a jest indeed!--they have not so 10 charge you"; for I must let you understand, I little grace, I hope:—that were a trick, indeed! think myself in better plight for a lender than you But mistress Page would desire you to send her are: the which had something embolden'd me to your little page, of ali loves'! her husband has a this un-eason’d intrusion ; for they say, if
money marvellous intection to the little page; and, truly, go before, all ways do lie open. master Page is an bonest man. Never a wife in 15 Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. Wirdsor leads a better life than she does; do what Foril. Troth, and I have a bag of money here she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go troubles me: if you will belp me to bear it, sic to bed when she list, rise when she list, all is us John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. she will; and, truly, she deserves it; for if there ful, Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You 20 your porter. must send her your page; no remedy.
Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me ful. Why, I will.
the hearing Quic. Nay, but do so then: and,look you,he may Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad come and go between you both; and, in any case, to be your servant. huve anay-word’, that you may know one another's/25 Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, -I will be mind, and the boy never need to understand any brief with you;—and you have been a man long thing; for 'tis not good that children shoulit known to me, though I had never so good means, know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I discretion, as they say, and know the world. shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very
Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them 30 much lay open mine own inperfection : but both: there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.- good sir Jolin, as you have one eye upon my folPwy, go along with this woman.
lies, as you hear them unfolded, ium another indistracts me!
[Excunt Quickly and Robin. to the register of your own; that I may pass with Pist
. This pink 'is one of Cupid's carriers ; a reproof the easier, sith you yourself know, Clapon more sails; pursue; up with your fights';f3show easy it is to be such an offender. Give tire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them Fal. Very well, sir, proceed. all!
[Erit Pisto. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll her husband's name is Ford. make more of thy old body than I bave done. Ful. Well, sir. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the 401 Ford. Ihave long lov'd her, and, I protest to you, expence
so much money, be now a gainer bestow'd much on her; follow'd lier with additing Good body, I thank thee: let them say, 'tis observance; engross'd opportunities to meet her; grossly dolie, so it be fairly done, no matter. fee'devery slight occasion, that could but niggarilly. Enter Burdolph.
give me sight of her; not only bought many pre
45 sents to give her, but have given largely to many, Burd. Sir John, there's one master Brook be
to know what she would have given; brieily, I liave low would fain speak with you, and be acquaint pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which hatha ed with
you; and hath sent your worship a morn been, on the wing of ali occasions. But whatsoever lug's draught of sack.
I have merited, either in my mind, or in my means, fal. Brook, is his name?
50 meed", I am sure, I have receiv'd none'; unless Bard. Ay, sir.
experience be a jewel; that I have purchas’datan Fol. Call inimin: [Erit Bardolph.] Such Brooks intinite rate; and that hath taught me to say this: are welcome to me, that o'ertiow such liquor.
Love lik: a sbadow fii-s, quhen substance love pursues, Ah! ah! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have Pursuing tbat ibat flirs, and fizing hebat pursues. I encompass'd you go, 10; ria!
1551 Fal. llave you receiv'd no promise of satisfacRe-enter Burdolph, zwith Ford disguis'd.
tion at her hands? Foul. Bless you, sir.
Ford. Never, bul. And you, sir : Would you speak with me Ful. Ilaveyou importun’d her to suchapronuise?
Of all lores, signifies no more than to send hi'n by all means. 2 That is, a reatch-icord. ? A pink j a ve sel of the small craft, enployed as a carrier for merchants. Fights are clouths hung round the ship to conceal the men from the enemy,
and close-fights are bulk-cuds, or any other shelter that the fabrick of a ship affords.
> A cant phrase of exultation common in the old plays. • Meaning, tool with a view of putting you to expence. : That is, since. That is, reward.
Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know Fal. Oj wiat quality was your love then? him not :-yet I wrong him to call him poor; they Ford. Like a fair house, built
upon another say the jealous wittoly knave hath masses of móman's ground; so that I have lost my edilice, by Iney; for the which, his wife seems to me well-famistaking the place where I erected it. 5 vour'd. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly
Ful. To wnat purpose have you unfolded this rogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home. to me?
Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir ; that you Ford. When I have told you that, I have told might avoid him, if you saw him. you all. Some say, that, though she appear ho Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! I pest to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth 10 will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him with her mirth so far, that there is shrewd construction iny cudgel; it shall hang like a meteor o'er the made of her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of cuckold's horns: inaster Brook, thou shalt know, my purpose: You are a gentleman of excellent I will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt breeding, adınirable discourse, of great admit lie with his wife.-Come to me soon at night: tance ', authentic in your place and person, ge-15 Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stile; nerally allo:v'et for many war-like, court-like, thou, master Brook, shalt know him for knave and learned preparations.
and cuckold :--come to me soon at night. [Erit. Fal. O sir !
Ford. What a damu'd Epicurean rascal is this! Ford. Believe it, for you know it:-There is My heart is ready to crack with impatience.-Who money; spend it, spend it; spend more ; spend 20 says, this is improvident jealousy? my wife hath all I have; only give me so much of your time sent to him, the hour istix’d, the match is made:in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to Would any man have thought this? See the hell of the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of having a fålse woman! my bed shall be abus’d, my woving, win her to consent to
coffers ransack’d, my reputation gnawn at; and I may, you may as soon as any.
|25 shall not only receive this villainous wrong, but Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemence stand under the adoption of abominable terms, and of your affection, that I should win what you by him that does me this wrong. Terms! names ! would enjoy? methinks, you prescribe to your -Amaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; Barbaself very preposterously.
son, well; yet they are devils’additions, the names Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so se- 30 of fiends: 'but cuckold! wittol! cuckold ! the decurely on the excellency of her honour, thatthefol vil himself hath not such a name. Page is an ass, ly of my soul dares not presentit elf; slieistoo bright a secure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not be to be look'd against. Now, could I come to her jealous: I will rather trust a Fleming with my butwith any detection in my hand, my desires had 'in ter, parson Hugh the Welchman with my cheese, stance and argument to commend themselves; 1 35 an Irishman with my agna vitæ bottle, or a thief could driveher then from the ward*ofherpurity,her to walk my ainbling gelding, than my wife with herreputation, hermarriage-vow, anda thousand other self; then she plots, then she ruminates, then she her defences, which are now too strongly embat devises: and what they think in their hearts they tled against me: What say you to't, sir John? may effect, they will break their hearts but they
Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with 40 will effect. Heaven be prais'd for my jealousy! your money; next, give me your band; and last, Eleven o'clock the hour ;-I will prevent this, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, en detect my wife, be reveng'd on Falstaff, and joy Ford's wife.
laugh at Page: I will about it;-better three hours Ford. O good sir !
too soon, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall,
45 cuckold ! cuckold! cuckold!
[Exit. Ford. Want no money, sir John, you shall want none.
SCENE III, Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook,
Windsor Park. you shall want none. I shall be with her (I may
Enter Cuius and Rugby. tell you) by her own appointment; even as you 50 Caius. Jack Rugby? came in to me, her a-sistant, or go-between, parted from me: I say, I shall be with her between ten Caius, Vat is the clock, Jack? and eleven; for at that time the jealous rascally Rug: 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh knave, her husband, will be forth. Come
promis'd to meet. me at night; you shali know how I speed. 155 Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is
Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do no come; he has prav his Pible vell, dat he is no you know Ford, sir?
come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already,
lif he be come. · Meaning, admitted into all, or the greatest companies. ? Allowed is approved. Instance is example. Meaning, the d sence of it.