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Fal. What made me love thee ? let that persuade Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand, you had rathee, there's something extraordinary in thee. Come, ther, and you had rather ; your husband's here at I cannot cog, and say thou art this and that, like a haud, bethink you of some conveyance: in the house many of these lisping hawthorn buds, that come like you cannot hide him.-0, how have you deceived women in men's apparel, and smell like Bucklers- me!-Look, here is a basket; if he be of any reabury' in simple-time; I cannot : but I love thee; sonable stature, he may creep in here; and throw none but thee; and thou deservest it.

foul linen upon him, as if it were going to bucking: Mrs. Ford. Do not betray me, sir; I fear you Or, it is whiting-time“, send him by your two men love mistress Page.

to Datchet mead. Ful. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk Mrs. Ford. Hu's too big to go in there : What by the Counter-gate ; which is as hateful to me shall I do? as the reek of a lime-kiln.

Re-enter FALSTAFF. Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows how I love you;

Fal. Let me see't; let me see'ı! Olet me see't! and you shall one day find it.

l'il in, I'll in ;-follow your friend's counsel :-P'll in. Fal. Keep in that mind; I'll deserve it.

Mrs. Pagé. What! Sir John Falstaff! Are these Mrs. Foril

. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; or else I could not be in that niind.

your letters, knight ?

Ful. I love thee, and none but thee;& help me Rob. (within.) Mistress Ford, mistress Ford ! here's mistress Page at the door, sweating and away: let me creep in here; I'll never.

(He goes into the basket; they cover him with blowing, and looking wildly, and would needs speak

foul linen. with you presently. Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconce me call your men, mistress Ford :-You disserabling

Mrs. Page. Help to cover your master, boy: behind the arras.

knight! Mrs. Ford. Pray you,

she's a very tatiling [Falstaff hides himself.

Mrs. Ford. What, John, Robert, John! (Exit

Robin; Re-enter Servants.] Go take up these Enter MISTRESS PAGE and Robin. clothes here, quickly ; where's the cowl-staff?" look, What's the matter? how now?

how you drumble :: carry them to the laundress in Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have

Datchet mead;' quickly, come.

you done? You're ashamed, you are overthrown, you are undone for ever.

Enter Ford, Pace, CAIUS, and SIR HOGA

Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress

Ford. Pray you, come near: if I suspect with. Mrs. Page. O well-a-day, mistress Ford! having out cause, why then make sport at me, then let me an honest man to your husband, to give him such | be your jest; I deserve it.-How now? whither cause of suspicion !

bear you this? Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion ?

Serv. To the laundress, forsooth, Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion ?-Out upon Mrs. Ford. Why, what have you to do whither you! how am I mistook in you!

they bear it? You were best meddle with bucke Mrs. Ford. Why, alas! what's the matter? washing.

Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming hither, wo- Ford. Buck? I would I could wash myself of the man, with all the officers in Windsor, to search for buck! Buck! buck! buck ? Ay, buck ?' I warrant a gentleman, thai, he says, is here now in the house, you, buck; and of the season too, it shall appear. by your consent, to take an ill advantage of his ab- (Ereunt Servants with the basket.] Gentlemen, I sence: You are unione.

have dreamed to-night ; I'll tell you my dream. Mrs. Ford. Speak louder.-(Aside.] —'Tis not so, Here, here, here be my keys: ascend my chambers, I hope.

search, seek, find out: I'll warrant we'll unkennel Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that you the fox:-Let me stop this way first;-So, now have such a man here ; but 'tis most certain your uncape.'' husband's coming with half Windsor at his heels, to Puge. Good master Ford, be contented: you search for such a one. I come before to tell you: wrong yourself too much. If you know yourself clear, why I am glad of it: Ford. True, master Page.-Up, gentlemen ; you but if you have a friend here, convey, convey him shall see sport anon : follow me, gentlemen. (Eril

. out. Be not amazed : call all your senses to you; Eva. This is fery fantastical humours, and jeadefend your reputation, or bid farewell to your good lousies. life for ever.

Caius. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France: it is Mrs. Ford. What shall I do?—There is a gen- not jealous in France. tleman, my dear friend ; and I fear not mine own Paye. Nay, follow him, gentlemen, see the issue shame, so much as his peril: I had rather than a of his search. (Ereunt Evans, PAGE, and Caius. thousand pound, he were out of the house.

Mrs. Page. Is there not a double excellency in

this? ! Formerly chiefly inhabited by druggists, who sold

Mrs. Ford. I know not which pleases me better, all kinds of herbs green as well as dry.


my husband is deceived, or Sir John. 2 The Counter as a prison was odious to Falstall. 8 So, in Coriolanus

7 A staff used for carrying a corol or tuh with two

handles to fetch water in, (Whose breath I hate

« Bicollo, a coule.&tate to

carie behind and before with, as they use in Italy to As reek o' the rotien lens."

carie two buckets at once."-Florio's Dictionary, 1599. The name of this prison was a frequere subject of jocu. 8 To drumble and drone meant to more sluggish!'. Jarity with our ancestors. Shakspeare has availed To drumhle, in Devonshire, means to mutter in a sullen himself of it in the Comedy of Errors. My old acquain. and inarticulate voice. A drumble drone, in the western tance Baret records ove pleasantly enough in his Al. dialect signifies a drone or humble-bee. That master vearie, 1973.-"We saie merrily of him who hath been genius of modern times, who knows sn skilfully how to in the Counter or such like places of prison : He can adapı his language in the characters and manners of the sing his counter-tenor very well. And in anger we say, age in which his fable is laid, has adopted this word in I will make you sing a counter-tenor for this geare: The Fortunes of Nigel,' vol. ij. p. 298 :-"Why how meaning imprisonment."

she drumbles-I warrant she stops to take a sip on the 4 The spaces leit between the walls and wooden road." frames on which the tapestry was hung, were not more 9 Dennis observes that, it is not likely Falstaff comm dious to our ancestors, than to the authors of would suffer himself to be carrieıl to Datchet mead, ancient dramatic pieces.

which is half a mile from Windsor ; and it is plain that 5 Bleaching time.

they could not carry him, if he made any resistance.' 6 These words, which are characteristic, and spoken 10 Hanmer proposed to read uncouple'; but, perhaps, to Mrs. Page aside, deserve to be restored from the old uncape had the same signification. It means, at any quarto. He had used the same words before to Mrs. rale, to begin the hunt after him, whon the holes for an Pord.

cape had been stopped.

Mrs. Page. What a taking was he in, when your | SCENE IV. A Room in Page's House. Enter husband asked whol was in the basket !

FENTON und Mistress ANNE PAGE. Mrs. Page. I am half afraid he will have need of washing; so throwing him into the waier will do Therefore, no more turn me io him, sweet Nan.

Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love ; bim a benefit.

Anne. Alas! how then ? Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest rascal! I would


Why, thou must be thyself. all of the same strain were in the same distress. Mrs. Ford. I think my husband hath some spe. And thal, my state being yall'd with my expense,

He doth object, I am too great of birth ; cial suspicion of Falstait's being here; for I never I seek to heal it only by his wealih: saw him so gross in his jealousy till now.

Besides these, other bars he lays before me, Mrs. Page. I will lay a plot to try that : And we

My riots past, my wild societies ; will yet have more tricks with Falstaff: his disso

And tells me, ’uis a thing iinpossible lute disease will scarce obey this medicine.

I should love thee, but as a property. Mrs. Furd. Shall we send that foolish carrion,

Anne. May be, he tells you true. mistress Quickly, to him, and excuse his throwing into the water; and yive him another hope, to be- Albeit, I will confess, thy father's wealth?

Fint. No, heaven so speed me in my time to come! tray him to another punishment ?

Was the first motive thai I woo'd thee, Anne; Mrs. Page. We'll do it; let him be sent for to- Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value morrow eight o'clock to have amends.

Than stamps in gold, or sums in sealed bags; Re-enter Ford, Pace, Caius, and Sir Hogn And 'tis the very riches of thyself EvAxs.

That now I aim at. Ford. I cannot find him: may be the knave brag- Anne.

Genile master Fenton, ged of that he could not compass.

Yet seek my father's love: still seek it, sir: Mrs. Page. Heard you that?

If opportunity and humblest suit Mrs. Ford. Av, ay, peace :-You use me well, Cannot attain it, why then-Hark you bither. master Ford, do you?

[They converse apart. Ford. Ay, I do so. Mrs. Ford. Heaven make you better than your Enter SHallow, SLENDER, and Mrs. QUICKLY. thoughts?

Shal. Break their talk, mistress Quickly; my Ford, Amen. Mr. Page. You do yourself mighty wrong, mas

kinsman shall speak for himself.

Slen. I'll make a shalt or a bolt on't:) slid, tis ter Ford.

but venturing. Ford. Ay, ay; I must bear it.

Shul. Be not dismay'd. Eva. If there be any pody in the house, and in the chambers, and in the coffers, and in the presses, for that, but that I am aseard.

Slen, No, she shall not dismay me: I care not heaven forgive my sins at the day of judgment.

Quick. Hark ye; master Slender would speak a Cuius. By gar, nor I too; dere is no bodies.

word with you, Page. Fie, fie, master Ford! are you not ashamed? What spirit, what devil suggests ihis inagination? o, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults

Anne. I come to him.- This is my father's choice. I would not have your distemper in this kind for the Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year! Wealth of Windsor Castle.

[ Aside. Ford. 'Tis my fauli, master Page : I suffer for it. Era. You suiler for a pad conscience : your wife Pray you, a word with

Quick. And how does good master Fenton? is as bonest a 'omans as I will desires among five

you. thousand, and five hundred too.

Shal. She's coming ; to her, coz. O boy, thou

hadst a father! Caius. By gar, I see 'us an honest woman.

Slen. I had a father, mistress Anne ;-my unclo Furd. Wel; -- I promised you a dinner :--Come, can tell you good jests of him :--Pray you, uncle, come, walk in the park: I pray you, pardon me; will hereafier make known to you, why I have done

tell mistress Anne the jest, how my father stole two this.-Come, wife ;--Come, mistress Page; I pray

geese out of a pen, good uncle. you pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me.

Shal. Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you. Page. Let's go in, gentlemen ; but, trust me, we'll

Slen. Ay, that I do ; as well as I love any wo• moek him. I do invite you to-morrow morning to

man in Gloucestershire.

Shal. He will maintain you like a gentlewoman. my house to breakfast; afier, we'll a birding toge

Slen. Ay, that I will, come cut and long tail,“ ther; I have a fine hawk for the bush: Shall it be so? Ford. Any thing.

under the degree of a 'squire.

Shal. He will make you a hundred and fifty Eva. If there is one, I shall make two in the

pounds jointure. company.

Anne. Goud master Shallow, let him woo for Caus. If there be one or two, I shall make-a de himself. turd.

Shal. Marry, I thank you for it ; I thank you for your teeth: for shame. Ford. Pray you go, master Page.

that good confort. She calls you, coz: I'll leave

you. Eva. I pray you now remembrance to-morrow,

Anne. Now, master Slender. on the lousy knuve, mine host. Caius. Dat is good; by gar, vit all my heart.

Slen. Now, good mistress Anne.

Anne. What is your will ? Eva. A lousy knave; to have his gibes, and his

Slen. My will ? od's heartlings, that's a pretty jest, mockeries,

(Ezcunt. indeed! I ne'er made my will yet, I thank heaven; 1 Ritso i thiks we should read whal. This emenda. am not such a sickly creature, I give heaven praise. tion is supported by a subsequent passage, where Fol. Anne. I mean, master Slender, what would you staff say3 : "the jealous kiave asked them once or with me? line what was in the basket.” It is remarkable that Forlagked no much question,

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0, what a world of vile ill favour'd faults 2 Some lizit may be given to those who shall endea. Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year! Pour to calculate the increase of English wealth, by ob- 3 A shaft was a long arrow, and a bolt a thick short serving that Laryinor, in the time ut Edward VI. men. The proverb probably means “I'll make somefiore it as a proof of his father's prosperity, “that thing or other of it. I will do it by some means or though but a yeoman, he gave his daughters five pounds other." each for their portiun." At the latter end of Elizabeth, 4 The sense is obviously " Come who will to contend seven hundred pounds were such a teinptation to court with me, under the degree of a squire.” Cut und long. abip, as made all other motives suspecied. Congreve tail means all kinds of curtail curs, and sporting dogs, makes twelve thousand pounds more than counter and all others. It is a phrase of frequent occurrence in balance to the affection of Belinda. No poer will now writers of the period ; every kind of dog being compre& his favourite character at less than ofty thousand hended under cut and longtail, every rank of people in

the expression when metaphorically used.


Below we have :

with you.

I told you,


Slen. Truly, for mine own part, I would little or shelvy and shallow; a death that I abhor ; for the nothing with you: Your father, and my uncle, have water swells a man ; and what a thing should I made motions; if it be my luck, so: if not, happy have been, when I had been swelled! I should have man be his dole!" They can tell you how things been a mountain of mummy. go, better than I can : You may ask your father; here he comes.

Re-enter BARDOLFH, with the wine.

Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak Enter Page and MISTRESS PAGE. Page. Now, master Slender :-Love him, daugh

Fal. Come, let me pour in some sack to the ter Anne.

Thames water; for my belly's as cold, as if I had Why, how now! what does master Fenton here ? swallowed snow-balls for pills to cool the reins. You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house :

Call her in.
my daughter is dispos’d of.

Bard. Come in, woman.
Feni. Nay, master Paye, be not impatient.
Mrs. Page. Good master Fenton, come not to my

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY.

Quick. By your leave; I cry you mercy: Give Page. She is no match for you.

your worship good-morrow. Feni. Sir, will you hear me?

Fal. Take away these chalices :6 Go brew me a Page.

No, good master Fenton. poitle of sack finely. Come, master Shallow; come, son Slender; in :

Bar. With eggs, sir? Knowing my mind, you wrong me, master Fenton.

Ful. Simple of itself; I'll no pullet-sperm in my (Eseunt Page, Shallow, and SLENDER. brewage.-Exit BARDOLPH.] --How now? Quick. Speak to mistress Page.

Quick. Marry, sir, I come to your worship from

mistress Ford. Fent. Good mistress Page, for that I love your daughter

Fal. Mistress Ford! I have had ford enough : 1 In such a righteous fashion as I do,

was thrown into the ford: I have my belly full of Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners,

ford. I must advance the colours of my love,

Quick. Alas the day! good heart, that was not And not retire: Let me have your good will.

her fault; she docs so take on with her men; they Anne. Good mother, do noi marry me to yond mistook their erection. fool.

Fol. So did I mine, to build upon a foolish woMrs. Page. I mean it not ; I seek you a better

man's promise. husband.

Quick. Well, she laments, sir, for it, that it would Quick. That's my master, master doctor. yearn your heart to see it. Her husband this

goes Anne. Alas, I had rather be set quick i’ the earth, morning a birding; she desires you once more to And bowl'd to death with turnips.

come to her between eight and nine : must carry Mrs. Page. Come, trouble not yourself: Good her word quickly: she'll make you amends, I warmaster Fenton,

rant you. I will not be your friend, nor enemy.

Fal. Well, I will visit her: Tell her so; and bid My daughter will I question how she loves you,

her think what a man is : let her consider his frailAnd as I find her, so am I affected;

ty, and then judge of my merit. "Till then, farewell, sir :--she must needs go in;

Quick. I will tell her. Her father will be angry.

Fal. Do so. Between nine and ten say'st thou? [Ereunt Mrs. PagE and ANNE. Quick. Eight and nine, sir. Fent. Farewell, gentle mistress; farewell, Nan.

Fal. Well, be gone: I will not miss her.

Quick. Peace be with
Quick. This is my doing, now :Nay, said I,

sir !

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Ful. I marvel, I hear not of master Brook; he cast away your child on a fool, and a physi

i you cian? Look on master Fenton :--this is my doing. sent me word to stay within; I like his money well. Fent. I thank thee; and I pray thee, once to- O, here he comes.

Enter FORD. night Give my sweet Nan this ring: There's for thy pains. Ford. Bless you, sir !


Fal. Now, master Brook? you come to know Quick. Now heaven send thee good fortune! A what hath passed between me and Ford's wife? kind heart he hath: a woman would run through fire Ford. That, indeed, Sir John, is my

business. and water for such a kind heart. But yet, I would Fal. Master Brook, I will not lie to you; I was iny master had mistress Anne; or I would master at her house the hour she appointed me. Síender had her; or, in sooth, I would master Fen- Ford. And how sped you, sir? ton had her: I will do what I can for them all three; Fal. Very ill-favouredly, master Brook. for so I have promised, and I'll be as good as my Ford. How so, sir ? Did she chango her determiword; but speciouslys for master Fenton. Well, nation? I must of another errand to Sir John Falstaff from Fal. No, master Brook ; but the peaking cornuto, my two mistresses: What a beast am I to slack* it? her husband, master Brook, dwelling in a continual

[Exil. 'larum of jealousy, comes me in the instant of our SCENE V. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter encounter, after we had embraced, kissed, protested, FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH.

and, as it were, spoke the prologue of our comedy,

and at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither Ful. Bardolph, I say,-

provoked and instigated by his distemper, and, fure Bard. Ilore, sir.

sooth, to search his house for his wife's love. Fal. Go fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast

Ford. What, while you were there? in't. (Erit Bard.] llave I lived to be carried in a

Fal. While I was there. basket, like a barrow of butcher's otfal; and to be

Ford. And did he search for you, and could not thrown into the Thamos? Well; if I be served such find you ? another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out, and

Fal. You shall hear. butter’d, and give them to a dog for a new year's it

, comes in one mistress Page ; gives intelligence of

As good luck would have gift. The roques slighted me into the river with as Ford's approach ; and, boy her invention, and Ford's little remorse, as they would have drowned a bitch's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a bucke bliud puppies, fifeen i the litter : and you may basket. know by my size, that I have a kind of alacrity in siuking; if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should or lot be happy man. Die in the past participle and down. 'I had been drowned, but that the shore was past tense of the A. S. verb. Dælan, to deal, to divide, to

distributo. I This is a proverbial expression of frequent occur. 2 i. e, some time to-ni he.

3 Specially. 4 Neglect

. rence. The apparent signification here is : Happiness 5 Pity.

6 Cups. be his portion who succeeds best,' but the general mean. 7 M. Mason proposes to read direction, but perhaps ins of the purase may be intum pretod: 'Let his portion the change is not necessary.


od's nouds,

Ford. A buck-basket ?

bring my young man here to school: Look, where Fal. By the Lord, a buck-basket : rarnmed me his master comes ; 'tis a playing-day, I soe. in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings,

Enter Sir Hugh Evans. and greasy napkins; that, master Brook, there was the rankest compound of villanous smell, that ever

How now, Sir Hugh? no school to-day? offended nostril.

Eva. No; master Slender is let the boys leave Ford. And how long lay you there?

to play. Fel. Nay, you shall hear, master Brook, what I

Quick. Blessing of his heart! have suffered to bring this woman to evil for

Mrr. Page. Sir Hugh, my husband says, my son

your good. Being thus crammed in a basket, a couple of profits nothing in the world at his book ; I pray you, Ford's knaves, bis hinds, were called forth by their ask him some questions in his accidence.

Eva. Come lither, William ; hold up your head; Distress, to carry me in the name of foul clothes to Datchet-lane : they took me on their shoulders ; prt the jealous knave their master in the door ; whó

Mrs. Page. Come on, sirrah; hold up your head; asked them once or twice what they had in their answer your master, be not afraid. basket: I quaked for fear, lest the lunatic knave

Eva. William, how many numbers is in nouns?

Will. Two. would have searched it; but Fate, ordaining he should be a cuckold, held his hand. Well; on went

Quick. Truly, I thought there had been one number more; because they

say, he for a search, and away went I for foul clothes. But mark the sequel, master Brook: I suttered the

Ern. Peace your taulinys. What is fair, William ?

Will. Pulchor. pangs of three several deaths; first, an intolerable fight, to be detected with a jealous rotten bellweth

Quick. Poulcats! there are fairer things than einest, to be compassed like a good bilho,2 in the poulcats, sure.

Eva. You are a very simplicity 'oman; I pray circumference of a peck, hilt to point, heel to head : ini then, to be stopped in, like a strong distillation, you pence: What is lapis, Wulam ?

W'ill. A stone, vih stinking clothes that fretted in their own grease : think of that,-a man of my kidney,—think of that;

Eva. And what is a stone, William ?

Will. A pebble. that am as subject to heat as butter; a man of conmual dissolution and thaw; it was a miracle to

Eva. No, it is lapis; I pray you remember in 'scape suffocation. And in the height of this bath, your prain.

Will. Lapis. Foca I was more than half stewed in grease, like a

Eva. Tuai is good, William. Dutch dish, to be thrown into the Thames, and cool

What is he, Wils el glowing hot, in that surge, like a horse-shoe ; | liam, that does lend articles?

Will. Articles are borrowed of the think of that;-aissing hot, -hink of that, master


pronoun; Brook.

be thus declined, Singulariter, nominativo, hic, lac,

hoc. Ford. In good sadness, sir, I am sorry that for my

Eva. Nominativo, hig, hag, hog; pray you, mark : sake you have suffered all this. My suit then is desperate ; you'll undertake her no more.

genetivo, hujus : Well, what is your accusative case ? Fol. Masier Brook, I will be thrown into Ætna,

Will. Accusativo, lunc. as I have been into Thames, ere I will leave her

Eva. I pray you, have your remembrance, child; thus. Her husband is this morning gone a birding : Accusativo, hing, hang, hog. I have received from her another embassy of meet

Quick. Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you. ing; 'twixt eight and nine is the hour, master Brook.

Èva. Leave your prabbles, 'oman. What is tho focative case,

William ?
Ford. 'Tis past eight already, sir.
Fol. Is it?' I will then addressd me to my ar-

Will. 0--vocativo, o printment. Come to me at your convenient leisure,

Eva. Remember, William ; focative is caret.

Quick. And ihat's a good root. and you shall know how I speed ; and the conclu

Eva. 'Oman, forbear. sion shall be crowned with your enjoying her: Adicu.

Mrs. Page. Peace. You shall have her, master Brook; master Brook,

[Erit. you shall cuckold Ford.

Eva. What is your genitive case plural, William ? Ford. Hum! ha! is this a vision? is this a dream?

Vill. Genitive case ?

Eva, Av. do I sleep? Master Ford, awake; awake, master Ford; there's a hole made in your best coat, master

Mill. Genetivo,-horum, harum, horum. Pord. This ’us to be married! this ’us to have

Quick. 'Vengeance of Jenny's case! fie on her! linen, and buck-baskets !-Well, I will proclaim my

-never name her, child, if she be a whore. self what I am: I will now take the lecher; he is

Eva For shame, 'oman. at my house : he cannot 'scape me ; 'tis impossible he teaches him to liek and to hack, which they'll do

Quick. You do ill to teach the child such words : he should; he cannot creep into a halfpenny purse, por into a pepper-box: but, lest the devil that guides fast enough of themselves; and to call horum :-Lim should aid him, I wili search impossible places.

fie upon you ! Though what I am 'I cannot avoid, yet to be what I

Eva. 'Oman, art thou lunatics? hast thou no unwould not, shall not make me tame: if I have horns derstandings for thy cases, and the numbers of the 10 make one mari, let the proverb go with me, I'll be genders? Thou art as foolish christian creatures hit mad.


as I would desires,

Mrs. Puge. Prythee hold thy peace.

Eva. Show me now, William, some declensions ACT IV.

of your pronouns.

Wil. Forsooth, I have forgot. SCENE I.-The Street.-Enter Mrs. Page, Mrs.

Eva. It is ki, ke, coll; if you forget your kies, Quickly, and William.

your kas, and your cords, you must be preeches. Mrs. Page. Is he at master Ford's already, think'stGo your ways, and play, go. thou? Quick. Sure, he is by this; or will be presently: ed with, or held in suspicion by :

sions, has this very phrase-letected with, for impeachsul truly, he is very courageous* mad, about his

“What is he of our bloode that wold not be sory throwing into the water. Mistress Ford desires you To heare our names roith vile fame so deleted." lo come suddenly.

Detected must have the same meaning here, for Fal. Mrs. Page. I'll be with her by and by; I'll but staff was not discovered, but suspected by the jealous

Foril. Some inodern editors have unwarrantably subWith, by, and of were used indiscriminately with stituted Iny for with. much lirence by our ancestors. Thus in a subsequent 2 A Bilbo is a Spanish blade remarkable for its tem. fassage of this play we have:

per and flexibility. The best were made at Bilboa, a 'I sooner would suspect the sun with cold.' town in Biscay. D-reled

appears to have been used in the scnse of 3 Make myself ready. 4 Outrageous suspected, impcuched. Cavendish, in his Metrical Vi. 5 Breeched, i. e. flogged.

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Mrs. Page. He is a better scholar than I thought Mrs. Ford. There they always used to discharge he was.

their birding-pieces: Creep into the kiln-hole. Eva. He is a good sprag' memory. Farewell, Fal. Where is it? mistress Page.

Mrs. Ford. He will seek there on my word. Mrs. Page. Adieu, good Sir Hugh. [Erit Sır Neither press, cofler, chest, Irunk, well, vault, but Hugh.] Get you home, boy.-Coine, we stay too he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such long.

(Ereunt. places, and goes to them by his note: There is no SCENE JI. A Room in Ford's House. Enter hiding you in the house. FALSTAFF and Mrs. Forn.

Feu. I'll go out then.

Mrs. Page. If you go out in your own semblance, Fal. Mistress Ford, your sorrow hath eaten up you die, Sir John. Unless you go out disguised, my sufferance: I see, you are obsequious” in your Mrs. Ford. How miglit we disguise him? love, and I profess your requital to a hair's breadth;

Mrs. Page. Alas the day, I know not. There is not only, mistress Ford, in the simple office of love, no woman's gown big enough for him; otherwise, but in all the accoutrement, complement, and cere; he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, mony of it. But are you sure of your husband now? and so escape.

Mrs. Ford. He's a birding, sweet Sir John. Fal. Good hearts, devise something: any er. Mrs. Page. [within.) What hoa, gossip Ford! tremity, rather than a mischief. what họa !

Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman of Mrs. Ford. Step into the chamber, Sir John. Brin ford," has a gown above.


Mrs. Page. On my word, it will serve him ; she's Enter Mrs. PAGE.

as big as he is : and there's her thrum'd hai, and Mrs. Page. How now, sweathcart? who's at

her muffler 100: Run up, Sir John. home beside yourself ?

Mrs. Ford. Go, go, sweet Sir John: mistress

Page and I will look some linen for your head. Mrs. Ford. Why, none but mine own people.

Mrs. Page. Quick, quick; we'll come dress you Mrs. Page. Indeed ? Mrs. Ford. No, certainly ;-speak louder. [ Aside. straight: pui on the gown the while. Mrs. Page. Truly, I am so glad you have no


Mrs. Ford. I would my husband would meet him body here. Mrs. Ford. Why ?

in this shape: he cannot abide the old woman of Mrs. Page. Why, woman, your husband is in his Brentford ; he swears, she's a witch; forbade her old lunes] again : he so takes on yonder with

my house, and hath threatened to beat her.

my husband ; so rails against all married mankind; so

Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy husband's curses all Eve's daughters, of what complexion cudgel; and the devil guide his cudgel afierwards! soever ; and so buffets himself on the forehead, cry

Mrs. Ford. But is my husband coming ? ing, Peer out, peer out !* that any madness, I ever of the basket too, howsoever he hath had intelli

Mrs. Page. Ay, in good sadness, is he; and talks yet beheld, seemed but tameness, civility, and

patience, to this his distemper he is in now: I am


Mrs. Ford. We'll try that; for I'll appoint my glad the fat knight is not here. Mrs. Ford, Why, does he talk of him?

men to carry the basket again, to meet him at the Mrs. Page. Or none but him ; and swears, he

door with it, as they did last time. was carried out, the last time he searched for him, let's go dress him like the witch of Breniford. 0°

Mrs. Page. Nay, but he'll be here presently: in a basket: protests to my husband he is now here; and hath drawn him and the rest of their company shall do with the basket. Go up, I'll bring linen

Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men, what they from their sport, to make another experiment of his

for him straight.

(Erit. suspicion : but I am glad the knighi is not here;

MIrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest varlet! we cannow he shall see his own foolery. Mrs. Ford. How near is he, mistress Page ?

not misuse him enough. Mrs. Page. Hard by; at street end; he will be

We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, here anon.

Wives may be merry, and yet honest too: Mrs. Ford. I am undone !-the knight is here.

We do not act that often jest and laugh ; Mrs. Page. Why, then vou are utterly shamed,

"Tis old but true, Still suine eat all the draft. and he's but a dead man. What a woman are you?

[Erit. --Away with him, away with hin, better shame

Re-enter Mrs. Ford, with two Servants. than murder,

Mrs. Ford. Which way should he go? how should Mrs. Ford. Go, sirs, take the basket again en I bestow him? Shall I put him into the basket again? your shoulders; your master is hard at door; if

he bid Re-enter FALSTAFF.

you set it down, obey him, quickly despatch. 1 Serv. Come, come, take it up.

Erit. Fal. No, I'll come no more i'the basket : May 2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knight I not go out, ere he come?

again. Mrs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's brothers 1 Serv. I hope not; I had as lief bear so much watch the door with pistols,thai none shall issue lead. out; otherwise you might slip away ere he came. But what makes you here?

Enter Ford, Page, SILLOW, Carts, and SIR Fal. What shall I do ?---I'll creep up into the

Hugu Evaks. chimney.

Ford. Ay, but if it prove true, master Pace, hnve 1 Quick, alert. The word is &prach.

you any way then to unfool me again?-Set down 2 so, in Hamlet ; To do obsequious sorrow.' The the basket, villain:-Somebody call my wife :epithet obseruious refers, in both instances, to the seri. You, youth in a basket, come out here !--0, you ousness with which obsequies are performed. 3 i. e. lunacy, frenzy,

7 1. e. a list, an inventory, or short note of. 4 Shakspeare refers to a sport of children, who thus s In the early 4to. it is: “My maid's aunt Gillian of call on a snail to push forth his horns :

Brentford." “Peer out, peer out, peer out of your hole, 9 A hai composed of the weaver's tufts or thrums, or Or else I'll beat you as black as a coal.”

of very coarse cloth. A muffler was a part of female at: 5 This is one of Shakspeare's anachronisme: he tire which only covered the lower part of the face. has also introduced pistols in Pericles, in the reign of 10 This old witch Jyl or Gillian of Brentford seems Antiochus, two hundred years before Christ.

to have been a character well known in popular story at 6 This phrase has been already noticed. It occurs the time. * Jyl of Brentford's Testament was printed again in As You Like It, in the sense of do:

by Copland long before, and Laneham enumerates it Now, sir, what make you here ?"

as in the collection of Capt. Cox, the mason, now well It also occurs in 'Hamlet, Othello, and Love's Labour's known to all, from the mention of him in the romance Lout

of Kenilworth.

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