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Page ?—and I thank you always with my heart, la ; with my heart.

Page. Sir, I thank you.
Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do.
Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender.

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard say he was outrun on Cotsall.

Page. It could not be judged, sir.
Slen. You 'll not confess, you 'll not confess.

Shal. That he will not :-'t is your fault, 't is your fault : _ 'T is a good dog.

Page. A cur, sir.

Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can there be more said ? he is good, and fair. Is sir John Falstaff here?

Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do a good office between you.

Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak.
Shal. He hath wronged me, master Page.
Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.

Shal. If it be confessed it is not redressed ; is not that so, master Page? He hath wronged me; indeed, he hath ;-at a word he hath ;-believe me; Robert Shallow, esquire, saith he is wronged.

Page. Here comes sir John. Enter Sir John FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, Nym, and

PISTOL. Fal. Now, master Shallow ; you 'll complain of me to the king ?

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Fal. But not kissed your keeper's daughter. Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answered. Fal. I will answer it straight;-I have done all this : That is now answered. Shal. The council shall know this.

Fal. "Twere better for you if it were known in counsel ; you 'll be laughed at.

Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, goot worts.

Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage._Slender, I broke your head ; What matter have you against me?

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against yon; and against your coney-catching rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. [They carried me to the tavern and made me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket.)

Bard. You Banbury cheese!
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ; slice! that my humour.

Slen. Where 's Simple, my man ?---can you tell, cousin ?

Eva. Peace : I pray you! Now let us understand : There is three umpires in this matter, as I understand : that is--master Page, fidelicet, master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.

Page. We three, to hear it and end it between them.

Eva. Fery goot : I will make a prief of it in my note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we can.

Fal. Pistol-
Pist. He hears with ears.

Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, “ He hears with ear"? Why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse ?

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I might never come in mine own great chamber again else,) of

a Worts was the generic name of cabbages; we have still cole-wort.

b Coney-catcher was synonymous with sharper.


seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward shovelboards, that cost me two shilling and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick.purse.
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner -Sir John and

master mine,
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo : a
Word of denial in thy labras b here;
Word of denial : froth and scum, thou liest!

Slen. By these gloves, then 't was he.

Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours; I will say, marry trap,” with you, if you run the nuthook's humour " on me : that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face had it : for though I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ?

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences.

Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignorance is !

Bard. And being fap,d sir, was, as they say, cashiered ; and so conclusions passed the careers.e

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 't is no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick : if I be drunk, I 'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

& Bilbo is a sword; a latten bilbo--a sword made of a thin latten plate.

b Labras – lips; “word of denial in thy labras” is equivalent to "the lie in thy teeth.”

The nuthook was used by the thief to hook portable commodities out of a window,--and thus Nym, in his queer fashion, means,


you say I'm a thief.” d Fap-a cant word for drunk.

e Careers. In the manège to run a career was to gallop a horse violently backwards and forwards.

Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind.
Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen ;

you hear it.

Enter MISTRESS ANNE PAGE, with wine ; Mistress

Ford and MISTRESS PAGE following. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we 'll drink within.

[Exit Anne PAGE. Slen. O Heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

Fał. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met: by your leave, good mistress. [Kissing her.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome : Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner ; come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

[Exeunt all but SHAL., SLEN., and Evans. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of Songs and Sonnets here :

Enter SIMPLE. How now, Simple! Where have you been ? I must wait on myself, must I ? You have not the Book of Riddles' about you, have you?

Sim. “ Book of Riddles'? why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?

Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; There is, as 't were, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by sir Hugh here :-Do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Shal. Nay, but understand me. Slen. So I do, sir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says : I

pray you, pardon me; he is a justice of peace in his country, simple though I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question; the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there is the point, sir.

Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mistress Anne Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so I will marry her, upon any reasonable demands. Eva. But can you affection the 'oman?

Let us command to know that of your mouth or of your lips ; for divers philosophers hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth :—Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid ?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her ?

Slen. I hope, sir,- I will do as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must : Will you, upon good dowry,

marry her?

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; what I do is to pleasure you, coz: Can you love the maid?

Slen. I will marry trer, sir, at your request; but is there be no great love in the beginning, yet Heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another : I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt; a but if you say,

marry her," I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. a Contempt. The folio reads content--the word which Slender

But the poor soul was thinking of his copy-book adage-"too much familiarity breeds contempt."


meaut to use.

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