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pray yon, pardon me; he's 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's 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.
Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if yon can carry her your desires towards her.
Shal. That thou 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 her, sir, at your request ; but if 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 : but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.
Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the fans is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely ;-his meaning is good.
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
Re-enter ANNE PAGE. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:Would I were young, for your sake, Mrs. Anne!
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father desires your worships' company.
Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at the grace.
[Ereunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans
Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir?
Slen, No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am very well.
Anne. The dinner attends you, sir.
Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth :Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon my cousin Shallow : (Exit Simple] A justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a man: I keep but three men and a boy yet, till my mother be dead : But what though? yet I live like a poor gentle. man born.
Anne. I may not go in without your worship: they will not sit, till you come.
Slen. l'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as much as though I did.
Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.
Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I bruis'd my sbin the other day with playing at sword and dag. ger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stew'd prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so ? be there bears i'the town?
Anne. I think, there are, sir; I heard them talk'd of.
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon quarrel at it, as any man in England :-You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not?
Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have seen Sackerson loose twenty times; and have taken him by the chain: but, I warrant you, the women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it pass'd:-bat women, indeed, cannot abide 'ein; they are very ill-favour'd rongh things.
Re-enter PAGE. Page. Come, gentle master Slender, coine; we stay Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir.
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, sir : come, come. Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Page. Come on, sir. Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go tirst. Anne. Not I, sir; pray yon, keep on. Slen. Troly, I will noi go first; truly, la: I will not do you that wrong.
Anne. I pray you, sir.
Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly, than troublesore: you do yourself wrong, indeed, la.
[Exeunt. SCENE II.-The same. Enter Sir HUGH EVANS and SIMPLE. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius' house, which is the way: and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of bis nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.
Simp. Well, sir.
Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :give her this letter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acqnaintance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, to desire and require her to solicit your master's desires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come.
[Exeunt. SCENE III. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter FALSTAFF, HOST, BARDOLPH, NYM,
PISTOL, and ROBIN. Fal. Mine host of the Garter,
Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak schollarly, and wisely;
Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of my followers.
Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier: let them wag; trot, trot.
Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.
Host. Thou’rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph; he shall draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector
Fal. Do 'so, good mine host.
Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me see thee, froth and lime: 'I am at a word; follow. (Exit Hosi.
Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good trade: An old cloak makes a new jerkin; a withered serving. man, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu. Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will thrive.
[Erit Bard. Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield?
Nym. He was gotten in drink: Is not the humour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the Humour of it.
Tal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinder-box; his
thefts were too open his filching was like an unskilful singer, he kept not time.
Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's rest. Pist. Convey, the wise it call: Steal! foh; a fico for the phrase!
Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.
Pist. Why then, let kibes ensue.
Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; I must shift.
Pist. Young ravens must have food.
Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
Fal. No quips now, Pistol; indeed I am in the waist two yards about; but I am now about no waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation: I can construe the action of her familiar style; and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be Englished rightly, is, I am sir John Falstaff's.
Pist. He hath study'd her well, and translated her well; out of honesty into English.
Nym. The anchor is deep: Will that humour pass? Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of her husband's purse; she hath legions of angels. Pist. As many devilsentertain; and, To her, boy, say!I. Nym. The humour rises; it is good: hunour me the angels.
Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here another to Page's wife; who even now gave me good eyes too, examin'd my parts with most judicious ey. liads: sometimes the beam of her view gilded my foot, sometimes my portly belly.
Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine.
Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass! Here's another letter to her: she bears the purse too; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. I will be cheater to them both, and they shall be exchequers to me; they shall be my East and West Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive.
Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, And by my side wear steel? then, Lucifer take all!
Nym. I will run no base hamour: bere, take the humour letter; I will keep the 'haviour of reputation.
Fal. Hold, sirrah, [To Rob.) bear you these letters Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.- [tightly; Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hail-stones, go; Trudge, plod, away, o'the hoof; seek shelter, pack! Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted page.
[Exeunt Falstaff and Robin. Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd, and fol.
Nym. I have operations in my head, which be humours of revenge. Pist. Wilt thou revenge?
Nym. By welkin, and her star!
Nym. With both the humours, I:
How Falstaff, varlet vile,
And his soft couch detile. Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will incense Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous: that is my true humour.
Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents: I second thee; troop on.
[Ereunt. SCENE IV. A Room in Dr. CAIUS's House. Enter Mrs. QUICKLY, SIMPLE, and RUGBY.
Quick. What; John Rugby! I pray thee, go to the casement, and see if yon can see my master, master doctor Cains, coming: if he do, i'faith, and find any body in the house, here will be an old abusing of God's patience, and the king's English. Rug. I'll go watch.
[Exit. Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset fort soon at night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, no tell-tale, nor