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Rug. I'll go watch. [Exit Rugby. I closet? dere is no honest man dat shall come

Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon in my closet. at night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatic; fire. An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever hear the truth of it: He came of an errand to servant shall come in house withal; and, I me from parson Hugh. warrant you, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate :* Caius. Vell. his worst fault is, that he is given to prayer; he Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to is something peevisht that way: but nobody Quick. Peace, I pray you. but has his fault;—but let that pass. Peter Caius. Peace-a your tongue:-Speak-a youSimple, you say your name is ?

tale. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.

Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, yo'. Quick. And master Slender's your master ? maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Sim. 'Ay, forsooth.

Page for my master, in the way of marriage. Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, Quick. This is all, indeed, la; but I'll ne'er ike a glover's paring knife ?

put my finger in the fire, and need not. Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee Cuius. Sir Hugh send-a you?—Rugby, baillez face, with a little yellow beard; a Cain-col. me some paper:--Tarry you a little-a while. oured beard.

[Writes. Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not? Quick. I am glad he is so quiet : it he had Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall: a man been thoroughly moved, you should have heard of his hands, as any is between this and his him so loud, and so melancholy ;-But nothead; he hath fought with a warrener.§ withstanding, man, I'll do your master what

Quick. How say you ?-O, I should remem- good I can: and the very yea and the no is, the ber him? Does he not hold up his head, as it | French Doctor, my master,-I may call him were ? and strut in his gait?

my master, look you, for I keep his house; and Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no and drink, make the beds, and do all myself;worse fortune! 'Tell master parson Evans, I Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one will do what I can for your master : Anne is body's hand. a good girl, and I wish

Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall

find it a great charge: and to be up early, and Re-enter RUGBY.

down late ;-but notwithstanding, (to tell you Rug. Out, alas! here comes my master. in your ear; I would have no words of it;) my Quick. We shall all be shent :// Run in here, master himself is in love with mistress Anne good young man; go into this closet. (Shuts Page: but notwithstanding, that,-1 know Simple in the closet. He will not stay long.- Anne's mind,--that's neither here nor there. What, John Rugby! John, what, John, I say!

Caius. You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to -Go, John, go inquire for my master; I doubt, Sir Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut he be not well, that he comes not home :-and his troat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy down, down, adown-a, &c.

(Sings. jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make :-you

may be gone; it is not good you tarry here : Enter Doctor Caius.

by gar, I vill 'cut all his

two stones ; by gar, he Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not like dese shall not have a stone to trow at his dog. toys; Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet

[Exit SIMPLE. un boitier rerd; a box, a green-a box; Do in

Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. tend vat I speak ? a green-a box..

Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:do not you Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myglad he went not in himself; if he had found self?-by. gar, I vill kill de Jack priest; and the young man, he would have been horn-mad. I have appointed mine host of de Jarterre to

[Aside.

measure our weapon :-by gar, I vill myself Caius. Fe, fe fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. have Anne Page. Je m'en rais à la Cour,--lu grand affaire.

Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall Quick. Is it this, Sir?

be well: we must give folks leave to prate: Caius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; Depeche, What, the good-jer ! quickly :-Vere is dat knave, Rugby?

Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me ;Quick. What, John Rugby! John!

By gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn Rug. Here, Sir.

your head out of my door :-Follow my heels, Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are

Rugby.

(Exeunt Caius and Rugby. Jack Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and

Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your come after my heel to de court.

own. No, I know Anne's mind for that: never Rug. 'Tis ready, Sir, here in the porch.

a woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's mind than I do; por can do more than I do me! Qu’ny j'oublié ? dere is some simples in my with her, I thank heaven. closet, dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave Fent. (Within.] Who's within there, ho ? behind.

Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man house, I pray you. there, and be mad. Caius, O diable, diable! vai is in my closet?

Enter Fenton. Villany ? larron!'[Pulling Simple out.] Rugby,

Fent. How now, good woman; how dost my rapier.

thou? Quick. Good master, be content.

Quick. The better, that it pleases your good Cains. Verefore shall I be content-a?

worship to ask. Quick. The young man is an honest man. Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my Anne ? Strife. + Foolish. The keener of a warren. # Scolded, reprimanjed.

* The goujere, what the pax!

1 Brave.

wooers.

Quick. In truth, Sir, and she is pretty, and Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to honest, and gentle; and one that is your friend, you. You look very ill. I can tell you that by the way; I praise heaven

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Mrs. Ford. Nay, "I'll ne'er believe that; I for it.

have to show to the contrary. Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind, Shall I not lose my suit?

Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I Quick. Troth, Sir, all is in his hands above: could show you to the contrary : 0, mistress but notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be Page, give me some counsel ! sworn on a book, she loves you :-Have not Mrs. Puge. What's the matter, woman ? your worship a wart above your eye ?

Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not for one Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that? trifling respect, I could come to such honour !

Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tail ;-good Mrs. Page. Hang the tritie, woman; take the faith, it is such another Nan :-but, I detest, honour: What is it?-dispense with trifles; an honest maid as ever broke bread :-We had what is it? an hour's talk of that wart;-I shall never Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an laugh but in that maid's company ?-But, in eternal moment, or so, I could be knighted. deed, she is given too much to alsichollyt and Mrs. Page. What?-thou liest !-Sir Alice musing: But for you-Well, go to.

Ford ! These knights will hack; and so Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day: Hold, thou shouldst not alter the article of thy gen. there's money for thee; let me have thy voicé try. in my behalf: if thou seest her before me, Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:-here, read, commend me

read ;-perceive how I might be knighted.-1 Quick. Will I ? i'faith, that we will : and 1 shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I will tell your worship more of the wart, the have an eye to make difference of men's liking: next time we have confidence; and of other And yet he would not swear; praised women's

modesty : and gave such orderly and wellFent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, that I Dow.

[Exit. would have sworn his disposition would have Quick. Farewell to your worship:-Truly, an gone to the truth of his words : but they honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for do no more adhere and keep place together, I know Anne's mind as well as another does : than the hundredth Psalm to the tune of Green -Out upon't! what have I forgot ? [Exit. sleeres. What tempest, I trow, threw this

whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ACT II.

ashore at Windsor ? How shall I be revenged SCENE 1.-Before Page's House. on him ? I think, the best way were to enterEnter Mistress Page, with a letter.

tain him with hope, till the wicked fire of lust

have melted him in his own grease.-Did you Mrs. Puge. What! have I’scaped love-letters ever hear the like? in the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the now a subject for them? Let me see: [Reads. name of Page and Ford differs !--To thy great

Ask me no reuson why I love you; for though comfort in this mystery of ill opinions, here's love use reason for his precisiun, I he admits him the twin-brother of thy letter: but let thine not for his counsellor: You are not young, no inherit first; for, I protest, mine never shall. more am I ; go to then, there's sympathy : you are I warrant, he hath a thousand of these letters, merry, so am I; Ha! ha! tion there's more writ with blank space for different names, sympathy: you lore sack, and so do I; Would (sure more,) and these are of the second ediyou desire better sympathy? Let it suffice thee, tion : He will print them out of doubt: for he mistress Page, (at the least, if the lote of a sol- cares not what he puts into the press, when he dier can suffice,) that I lore thee. I will not would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like phrase; but I and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find say, love me. By me,

you twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste
Thine oun true knight,
By day or night,

Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the
Or any kind of light,

very hand, the very words: What doth he
With all his might,

think of us? For thee to fight,

Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: It makes me

John Falstaff. almost ready to wrangle with mine own hones. What a Herod of Jewry is this?–0 wicked, ty. I'll entertain myself like one that I am wicked, world !--one that is well nigh worn

not acquainted withal ; for, sure, unless he to pieces with age, to show himself a young selt, he would never have boarded me in this

know some strain in me, that I know not mygallant! What an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard picked (with the devil's fury, name) out of my conversation, that he dares in

Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be this manner assay me? Why, he hath not been sure to keep him above deck. thrice in my company! What should I say to

Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my aim ?-I was then frugal of my mirth :-heaven hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reforgive me !-Why, l'll exhibit a bill in the venged on him: let's appoint him a meeting; parliament for the putting down of men. How give him a show of comfort in his suit; and shall I be revenged on him? for revenged I will lead him on with a fine baited delay, till he be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings.

hath pawn’d his bprses to mine Host of the

Garter.
Enter Mistress FORD.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, I was villany against him, that may not sully the going to your house.

chariness of our honesty. O, that my buse She means, I protest.

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band saw this letter! it would give eternal Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have food to his jealousy

an hour's talk with you. Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes ; [Exeunt Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. and my good man too: he's as far from jea

QUICKLY. lousy, as I am from giving him cause; and Page. How now, master Ford ? that, I hope, is an unmeasurable distance. Ford. You heard what this knave told me Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. did you not ?

Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against Page. Yes; and you heard what the othe. this greasy knight: Come hither. [They retire. told me?

Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? Enter FORD, PISTOL, Page, and Nym.

Page. Hang 'em, slaves! I do not think the Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so.

knight would offer ít: but these that accuse him Pist. Hope is a curtail* dog in some affairs : in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of Sir John affects thy wife.

his discarded men; very rogues, now they be Ford. Why, Sir, my wife is not young, out of service. Pist. He wooes both high and low, both rich Ford. Were they his men ?

Page. Marry, were they. Both young and old, one with another, Ford ; Ford. I like it never the better for that.He loves thy gally-mawfry ;t Ford, perpend. Does he lie at the Garter. Ford. Love my wife?

Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should inPist. With liver burning hot: Prerent, or go tend this voyage towards my wise, I would thou,

turn her loose to him ; and what he gets more Like Sir Actæon he, with Ringwood at thy of her than sharp words, let it lie on my head. 0, odious is the name !

[heels: Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife; but I Ford. What name, Sir ?

would be loath to turn them together: A man Pist. The horn, I say: Farewell. I

may be too confident: I would have nothing Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo- lie on my head: I cannot be thus satisfied. birds do sing

Page. Look, where my ranting host of the Away, Sir corporal Nym.

Garter comes : there is either liquor in his pate, Believe it, Page; he speaks sense.

or money in his purse, when he looks so mer

[Exit Pistol. rily.-How now, miné host ? Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. Nym. And this is true. (To Page.] I like

not

Enter Host and SHALLOW. the humour of lying. He hath wronged me in Host. How now, bully-rook ? thou’rt a gensome humours; I should have borne the hu- tleman : cavalero-justice, I say. moured letter to her: but I have a sword, and Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.–Good it shall bite upon my necessity. He loves even, and twenty, good master Page! Master your wife; there's the short and the long. My Page, will you go with us? we have sport in Dame is corporal Nym; I speak, and I avouch. hand. Tis true :--my name is Nym, and Falstaff Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him loves your wife.-Adieu! I love not the humour bully-rook. of bread and cheese ; and there's the humour Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, beof it. Adieu.

[Exit Nym. tween Sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius Page. The humour of it, quoth ’a! here's a the French doctor. fellow frights humour out of its wits.

Ford. Good mine host o'the Garter, a word Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. Page. I never heard such a drawling, affect- Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook ?

[They go aside. Ford. If I do find it, well.

Shal. Will you (to Page) go with us to bePage. I will not believe such a Cataian, s hold it? my merry host hath had the measuring tho' the priest o' the town commended him for of their weapons; and, I think, he hath apa true man. Ford. "Twas a good sensible fellow : Well. I pointed them contrary places : før, believe me,

I hear the parson is no jester. Hark, I will Page. How now, Meg?

tell you what our sport shall be. Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George ?-Hark Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, you.

my guest-cavalier ? Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a art thou melancholy?

pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy.- and tell him, my name is Brook; only for a Get you home, go.

jest. Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast some crotchets Host. My hand, bully: thou shalt have in thy head now:-Will you go, mistress Page? egress and regress; said I well ? and thy name

Mrs. Page. Have with you. You'll come to shall be Brook : It is a merry knight.Will dinger, George!-Look, who comes yonder: you go on, hearts ? she shall be our messenger to this paltry knight. Shal. Have with you, mine host. [Aside to Mrs. FORD.

Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath

good skill in his rapier. Enter Mistress Quickly.

Shal. Tut, Sir, could have told you more : Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll in these times you stand on distance, your

passes, stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter the heart, master Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I

have seen the time, with my long sword, I Quick. Ay, forsooth; And, I pray, how does would have made you four

tall* fellows skip good mistress Anne?

like rats. * A dog that misses his game, + A nadley Consider, A lying sharper.

* Stout, bokal

with you.

ing rogue.

fit it.

Anne?

Host. Here, boys, kere, here! shall we wag? Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say, Page. Have with you :-I bad rather hear Quick. Your worship says very true : 1

pray them scold than fight.

your worship, come a little nearer this ways. [Exeunt Host, Shallow, and Page. Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears ;-mine Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and own people, mine own people. stands so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I can- Quick. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and not put off my opinion so easily: She was in make them his servants ! his company at Page's house ; and, what they Fal. Well : mistress Ford :—what of her ? made* there, I know not. Well, I will look Quick. Why, Sir, she's a good creature. further intu't: and I have a disguise to sound Lord, lord! your worship’s a wanton : Well, Falstaff: If I find her honest, I lose not my heaven forgive you, and all of us, I pray! labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour well Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford,bestowed.

(Exit. Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long

of it; you have brought her into such a canaSCENE II.-A Room in the Garter Inn.

ries, * as 'tis wonderful. The best courtier of Enter FALSTAFF and PISTOL.

them all, when the court lay at Windsor, could Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.

never have brought her to such a canary. Yet Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster,

there has been knights, and lords, and gentleWhich I with sword will open.

men, with their coaches; I warrant you, coach I will retort the sum in equipage.t

after coach, letter after letter, gitt after gift; Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, Sir, smelling so sweetly, (all musk, and so rushyou should lay my countenance to pawn : i ling, I warrant you, in silk and gold ; and in have grated upon my good friends for three such alligant terms; and in such wine and reprieves for you and your coach-fellowt Nym; / sugar of the best, and the fairest, that would or else you had looked through the grate like have won any

woman's heart; and, I warrant a geminy of baboons. I am damned in hell, you, they could never get an eye-wink of her.for swearing to gentlemen my friends,

I had myself twenty angels given me this were good soldiers, and tall fellows: and when morning; but I defy all angels, in any such mistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan, I sort, as they say,) but in the way of honesty : took't upon mine honour, thou hadst it not.

and, I warrant you, they could never get her Pist. Didst thou not share ? hadst thou not them all : and yet there has been earls, nay,

so much as sip on a cup with the proudest of fifteen pence? Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think’st which is more, pensioners; but, I warrant thou, I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, you, all is one with her, hang no more about me, I am no gibbet for

Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my you :-g0.-A short knife and a throng;Sto good she Mercury; your manor of Pickt-hatch,ll go.—You'll not

Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; bear a letter for me, you rogue ! --you stand for the which she thanks you a thousand upon your honour : Why, thou unconfinable times: and she gives you to notify, that her baseness, it is as much as I can do, to keep the husband will be absence from his house beterms of my honour precise. I, 1, I myself tween ten and eleven. sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the

Fal. Ten and eleven ? left hand, and hiding mine honour in my ne- and see the picture, she says, that you wott

Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come cessity, am fain

to shuffle, to hedge, and to of;-master Ford, her husband, will be from lurch; and yet you, rogue, will ensconcelhome. Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your life with him ; he's

a very jealousy man; she red-lattice** phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honour! You leads a very frampoldt life with him, good will not do it, you ?

heart. Pist. I do relent; What would'st thou more

Fal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me of man?

to her; I will not fail her.

Quick. Why, you say well : But I have anEnter Robin.

other messenger to your worship: Mis-sess Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with Page hath her hearty commendations to you you.

too ;-ani let me tell you in your ear, she's as Fal. Let her approach.

fartuous a civil modest wife, and one (I tell Enter Mistress QUICKLY.

you) that will not miss your morning nor even

ing prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. the other: 'and she bade me tell your worship, Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.

that her husband is seldom from home; but, Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. she hopes, there will come a time. I never Fal. Good maid, then.

knew a woman so dote upon a man ; surely, I Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the think you have charms, la; yes, in truth, first hour I was born.

Fal. Not 1, I assure thee ; setting the attracFal. I do believe the swearer: What with tion of my good parts aside, I have no other

charms. Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a Quick. Blessing on your heart fort ! word or two?

Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll wife, and Page’s wife,' acquainted each other Touchsafe thee the hearing.

how they love me? Quick. There is one mistress Ford, Sir ;-) Quick. That were a jest, indeed !-they have pray, come a little nearer this ways :-I myself not so little grace, I hope :-that were a trick, dwell with master doctor Caius.

indeed! But mistress Page would desire you

to send her your little page of all loves : her + Pay you again in stolen goods. Draws along with you. To cut purses in a crowd.

husband has a marvellous infection to the little i Mekt-hatch was in Clerkenwell.

Protect.

A mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quandaries. * Ale-house.

+ Know * Fretful, peerish. By all meana

me ?

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: and, truly, master Page is an honest I be brief with you and you have been a man inan. Never a wife in Windsor leads a better long known to me, though I had never so good life than she does; do what she will, say what means, as desire, to make myself acquainted she will, take all, pay all, go to bed when she with you. I shall discover a thing to you, list, rise when she list, all is as she will; and, wherein I must very much lay open mine truly, she deserves it: for if there be a kind own imperfection: but, good Sir John, as you woman in Windsor, she is one. You must have one eye upon my follies, as you hear send her your page; no remedy,

them unfolded, turn another into the register Fal. Why, I will.

of your own; that I may pass with a reproof Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, the easier, sith* you yourself know, how easy he may come and go between you both; and, it is to be such an offender. in any case, have a nay-word," that you may Fal. Very well, Sir; proceed. know one another's mind, and the boy never Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, need to understand any thing; for 'tis not good her husband's name is Ford. that children should know any wickedness : Fal. Well, Sir. old folks, you know, have discretion, as they Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest say, and know the world.

to you, bestowed much on her; followed her Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them with a doting observance; engrossed opportuboth : there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.—nities to meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, Boy, go along with this woman. This news that could but niggardly give me sight of her; distracts me! [Exeunt QUICKLY and Robin. Not only bought many presents to give her, but

Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :- have given largely to many, to know what she Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your fights; would have given : briefly, I have pursued her, Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them as love hath pursued me; which hath been, on all !

[Exit Pistol. the wing of all occasions. But whatsoever I Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; have merited, either in my mind, or in my I'll make more of thy old body than I have means, meed,t I am sure, I have received done. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt none; unless experience be a jewel : that I thou, after the expense of so much money, be have purchased at an infinite rate; and that now a gainer? Good body, I thank thee: Let hath taught me to say this : them say, 'tis grossly done; so it be fairly Lore like a shadow flies, when substance love pur. dose, no matter. Enter BARDOLPH.

Pursuing that that flies, and flying whut pursues. Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook Fal. Have you received no promise of satisbelow would fain speak with you, and be ac- faction at her hands ? quainted with you; and hath sent your worship Ford. Never. a morning's draught of sack.

Fal. Have you importuned her to such a Fal. Brook, is his name?

purpose ? Bard. Ay, Sir.

Ford. Never. Fal. Call him in; (Exit BARDOLPH.] Such Fal. Of what quality was your love, then? Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another liquor. Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress man's ground; so that I have lost my edifice. Page, have I encompassed you? go to; ria!! by mistaking the place where I erected it.

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this Re-enter BARDOLPH, with FORD disguised. to me? Ford. Bless you, Sir.

Ford. When I have told you that, I have Fal. And you, Sir: Would you speak with told you all. Some say, that, though she apme ?

pear honest to me, yet, in other places, she Ford. I make bold, to press with so little enlargeth her mirth so far, that there is preparation upon you.

shrewd construction made of her. Now, Sir Fal. You're welcome; What's your will? John, here is the heart of my purpose: You Give us leave, drawer. (Exit BARDOLPH. are a gentleman of excellent breeding, admira.

Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent ble discourse, of great admittance, authentic much; my name is Brook.

in your place and person, generally allowed Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more ac- for your many warlike, court-like, and learned quaintance of you.

preparations. Ford. Good Sir John, I sue for yours : not to

Fal. O, Sir! charge you; for I must let you understand, I Ford. Believe it, for you kuow it:-There is think myself in better plight for a lender than money; spend it, spend it; spend more; spend you are: the which hath something embolden'd all I have; only give me so much of your time me to this unseasoned intrusion ; for they say, in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to if money go before, all ways do lie open.

the honesty of this Ford's wife : use your art fal. Money is a good soldier, Sir, and will on. of wooing, win her to consent to you; if any

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here man may, you may as soon as any. troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, Sir Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency John, take all, or half, for easing me of the of your affection, that I should win what you carriage.

would enjoy ? Methinks, you prescribe to Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to yourself very preposterously. be your porter.

Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so Ford. I will tell you, Sir, if you will give me securely on the excellency of her bonour, that

the folly of my soul dares not present itself; Fal. Speak, good master Brook ; I shall be she is too bright to be looked against. Now nad to be your servant.

could I come to her with any detection in my Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will hand, my desires had instance and argument to

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