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MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
From the Text of the Rev. Alexander Dyce's
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. SIR JOHN FALSTAFF.
BARDOLPH, FENTON, a young gentleman. PISTOL, followers of Falstaff. SHALLOW, a country justice. SLENDER, cousin to Shallow. FORD, two gentlemen dwelling SIMPLE, servant to Slender.
ROBIN, page to Falstaff. at Windsor, WILLIAM PAGE, a boy, son to RUGBY, servant to Doctor Caius.
MISTRESS QUICKLY, servant to Host of the Garter Inn.
ACT I. SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page’s house. Enter JUSTICE SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir Hugh Evans.
Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a StarChamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.
Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peaoe and coram.
master parson; who writes himself armigero, in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armigero.
Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time these three hundred years.
Slen. All his successors gone before him have done't; and
all his ancestors that come after him may: they may give the tragsges for a dozen white luces in their coat.
Shal. It is an old coat.
Evans. The dozen white louses do become an old coat well; it agrees well, passant; it is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an old coat.
Slen. I may quarter, coz?
Evans. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
Shal. Not a whit.
Evans. Yes, py'r lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures: but that is all one. If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence to make atonements and compremises between you.
Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot.
Evans. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there is no fear of Got in a riot: the Council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot; take your viza. ments in that.
Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.
Evans. It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it: and there is also another device in my prain, which peradventure prings goot discretions with it: there is Anne Page, which is daughter to Master George Page, which is pretty virginity.
Slen. Mistress Anne Page! She has brown hair, and speaks small like a woman.