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sire and require her to solicit your master's de- I will be cheater to them both, and they shall be sires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you, begone; exchequers to me; they shall be my East and West I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear and cheese to conie.
[Exeunt, thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to
mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. SCENE III.-A Room in the Garter Inn. Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, Enter Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, and
And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all'
Nym. I will run no base humour: here, take the Robin.
humour letter; I will keep the 'haviour of repuFal. Mine host of the Garter,
tation. Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak scho- Fal. Hold, sirrah, [to Rob.] bear you these letlarly, and wisely.
ters tightly ; Pal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.-my followers.
Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hail-stones, go; Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier : let them Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, pack! wag; trot, trot.
Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.
French thrift, you rogues; myself and skirted page. Host. Thou 'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and
[Ereunt Falstaff and Robin. Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph ; he shall Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd, and draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector ?
fullam holds, Fal, Do so, good mine host.
And high and low beguile the rich and poor; Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me see Tester l'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, thee froth, and Jime: I am at a word ; follow. (Base Phrygian Turk !
[Exit Host. Nym. I have operations in my head, which be Fal. Bardolph, follow him: a tapster is a good humours of revenge. trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a wither Pist. Wilt thou revenge? ed servingman, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu.
Nym. By welkin, and her star! Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will Pist. With wit, or steel? thrive.
Erit Bard. Nym. With both the humours, I: Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. spigot wield?
Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, Nym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the hu
How Falstaff, varlet vile, mour conceited ? His mind is not heroick, and
His dove will prove, his gold will hold, there's the humour of it.
And his soft couch defile. Fal. I am glad. I am so acquit of this tinderbox :) Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will incense his thefts were too open; his filching was like an | Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with unskilful singer, he kept not time.
I yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous: that Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's is my true humour.
Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents: I second Pist. Convey, the wise it call : Steal ! foh; a ficothee; troop on.
[Ereunt. for the phrase!
SCENE IV.-A Room in Dr. Caius's House. Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels. Pist. Why then, let kibes ensue.
Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and Rugby. Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; Quick. What: John Rugby !I pray thee, go I must shift.
to the casement, and see if you can see my master, Pist. Young ravens must have food.
master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, and Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? find any body in the house, here will be an old Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good. abusing of God's patience, and the king's English. Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am Rug. I'll go watch.
Exit Rugby. about.
Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon at Pist. Two yards, and more.
Inight, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. Fal. No quips now, Pistol; Indeed I am in the An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant waist two jards about: but I am now about no shall come in house withal ; and, I warrant you, no Vaste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to tell-tale, nor no breed-bate: his worst fault is, that make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in he is given to prayer ; he is something peevish that her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer way; but nobody but has his fault;- but let that of invitation : I can construe the action of her pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is ? familiar style and the hardest voice of her beha. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better. viour, to be English'd rightly, is, I am sir John Quick. And master Slender's your master ? Falstaff's.
Sim. Ay, forsooth. Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, her well; out of honesty into English.
like a glover's paring knife ? Nym. The anchor is deep : Will that humour | Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, pass?
with a little yellow beard ; a Cain-coloured beard. Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not? her husband's purse; she hath legions of angels. I. Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of
Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her, boy, his hands, as any is between this and his head; he say I.
hath fought with a warrener. Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humour Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember me the angels.
him ; Does he not hold up his head, as it were ? Pal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and and strut in his gait ? here another to Page's wife; who even now gave! Sim. Yes, indeed, does he. me good eyes too, examin'd my parts with most Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse judicious evliads: sometimes the beam of her view fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do what gilded my foot, sometimes my portly belly.
I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, and I Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine. wish Nym. I thank thee for that humour. Fal, O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with
Re-enter Rugby. such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. ere did seem to scorch me up like a burning glass ! Quick. We shall all be shent : Run in here, Here's another letter to her : she bears the purse good young man ; go into this closet. [Shuts Sim. too; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty.ple in the closet.] He will not stay long.-What,
John Rugby! John, what John, I say !_Go, Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be John, go enquire for my master; I doubt, he be well : we must give folks leave to prate : What, the not well, that he comes not home:-and down, good-jer! donn, adown-d, dc.
[Sings. Caius. Rugby, come to de court vit me :-By gar,
if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your head Enter Doctor Caius,
out of my door:- Follow my heels, Rugby. Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not like dese toys;
Ereunt Caius and Rugby. Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitier Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your own. veril: a box, a green-a box ; Do intend vat I'speak? No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman a green-a box.
in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind, than I Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad do: nor can do more than I do with her, I thank he went not in himself: if he had found the young heaven man, he would have been horn-mad.
Aside. Fent. (Within.] Who's within there? ho! Cairs. Fe, fe, fe, fe ! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Quick. Who's there, I trow ? Come near the Je m'en vais a la Cour,-la grande affaire.
house, I pray you. Quick. Is it this, sir? Caius. Ouy ; mette le au mon pocket; Depeche,
Enter Fenton. quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby ?
Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou ? Quick. What, John Rugby! John!
Quick. The better, that it pleases your good wur. Rug. Here, sir.
ship to ask. Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress Rugby : Come, take-a your rapier, and come after | Anne ? my heel to de court.
Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest Rug. "Tis ready, sir, here in the porch.
and gentle; and one that is your friend, I can tell Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's me! you that by the way; I praise heaven for it. Ou'au 'oublie y dere is some simples in my closet, Fent. Shall I do any good, think'st thou ? Shall dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. I not lose my suit ?
Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above : bat and be mad!
notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ? - book, she loves you :-Have not your worship a Villany! larron! (Pulling Simple out.) Rugby, wart above your eye? my rapier.
Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that? Quick. Good master, be content.
Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith, Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a?
it is such another Nan;--but, I detest, an honest Quick. The young man is an honest man. maid as ever broke bread :-We had an hour's talk
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ? of that wart :-I shall never laugh but in that dere is no honest man dat shall come in my claset. maid's company! But, indeed, she is given too
Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatick; hear much to allicholly, and musing: But for you the truth of it: He came of an errand to me from Well, go to. parson Hugh.
Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day; Hold, there's Caius. Vell.
money for thee; let me have thy voice in my behalt: Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to
if thou seest her before me, commend meQuick. Peace, I pray you.
Quick. Will I ? j'faith, that we will ; and I will Caius. Peace-a your tongue :-Speak-a your tale. tell your worship more of the wart, the next time
Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your we have confidence; and of other wooers. maid, to speak a good word to Mrs. Anne Page for Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now, my master, in the way of marriage.
[Erit. Quick. This is all, indeed, la; but I'll ne'er put Quick. Farewell to your worship.-Truly, an homy finger in the fire, and need not.
nest gentleman ; but Anne loves him not; for I Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you ? -_ Rugby, baillez me know Anne's mind as well as another does :-Out some paper: Tarry you a little-a while. [Writes. upon't! what have I forgot ?
(Erit. Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so loud, and so melancholy ;-But notwithstanding,
ACT II. man, I'll do your master what good I can: and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my mas
SCENE I.-Before Page's House, ter,-I may call him my master, look you, for I
Enter Mistress Page, with a letter. keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scap'd love-letters in do all myself:
the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now a Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one subject for them ? Let me see:
subject for them? Let me see
[Reads. body's hand.
| Ask me no reason why I love you ; for though love Quick. Are you avis'd o'that? you shall find it
use reason for his precision, he admits him not for his a great charge : and to be up early and down
counsellor : You are not young, no more am I ; go late;- but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your
u to then, there's sympathy : you are merry, so am 1 ; ear; I would have no words of it;) my master
ter Ha! ha! then there's more sympathy : you love himself is in love with mistress Anne Page: but
sack, and so do 1 ; Would you desire better sympathy ? notwithstanding that,-I know Anne's mind,
Let it suffice thee, mistress Page, (at the least, if the that's neither here nor there.
love of a soldier can suffice,) that I love thee. I will Caius. You Jack'nape; give-a dis letter to sir Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I will cut his troat
not say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like phrase ; but I in de park; and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-napel
say, love me. By me,
Thine onn true knight, priest to meddle or make :- you may be gone: it is
By day or night, not good you tarry here :-by gar, I vill cut all his
Or any kind of light, two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to
With all his might, trow at his dog.
For thee to fight, John Falstaff. Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.
Caius. It is no matter-a for dat :-do not you What a Herod of Jewry is this?-0 wicked, wicked tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself?- world !-one that is well nigh worn to pieces with by gar, I vill kill de Jack Priest; and I have ap- age, to show himself a young gallant! What an pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our un weighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard weapon :--by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. picked (with the devil's name) out of my converse
tion, that he dares in this manner assay me? Why, Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. he hath not been thrice in my company !-What Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this should I say to him ?-I was then frugal of my greasy knight: Come hither.
[They retire. mirth:-heaven forgive me!- Why I'll exhibit a
Enter Ford, Pistol, Page, and Nym. bill in the parliament for the putting down of men. How shall I be revenged on him? for revenged I Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so. will be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings. Pist, Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs : Enter Mistress Ford.
Sir John affects thy wife.
Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was going Pist. He wooes both high and low, both rich to your house.
and poor, Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you. Both young and old, one with another, Ford; You look very ill.
He loves thy gally-mawfry; Ford, perpend. Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have to Ford. Love my wife? show to the contrary.
Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or go thou, Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. Like sir Actæon he, with Ring-wood at thy heels :
Mrs. Ford. Well, I do, then; yet, I say, I could 0, odious is the name! show you to the contrary : 0, mistress Page, give Ford, What name, sir? me some counsel !
Pisi. The horn, I say : Farewell. Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman?
Take heed ; have open eye: for thieves do foot by Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not for one tri
night: fling respect, I could come to such honour!
Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo birds do Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the Away, sir corporal Nym.
(sing.-honour: What is it?- dispense with trifles; - Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Exit Pistol. what is it?
Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eter- Nym. And this is true ; [to Page.] I like not the nal moment, or so, I could be knighted.
humour of lying. He hath wronged me in some Mrs. Page. What? thou liest! Sir Alice Ford ! humours: I should have borne the humoured let
These knights will hack; and so thou shouldst ter to her ; but I have a sword, and it shall bite not alter the article of thy gentry.
upon my necessity. He loves your wife; there's Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:-here, read, the short and the long. My name is corporal read ;-perceive how I might be knighted.-I shall Nym; I speak, and I avouch. "Tis true :--my think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an name is Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife.eye to make difference of men's liking : And yet he | Adieu ! I love not the humour of bread and cheese ; would not swear; praised women's modesty : And and there's the humour of it. Adieu. [Exit Nym. gave such orderly and well-behaved reproof to all Page. The humour of it, quoth 'a ! here's a fellow uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his dispo- frights humour out of his wit3. sition would have gone to the truth of his words : Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. but they do no more adhere and keep place together Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting than the hundredth psalm to the tune of Green rogue. sleeves. What tempest, I trow, threw this whale Ford. If I do find it, well. with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Paye. I will not believe such a Cataian, though Windsor? How shall I be revenged on him? I the priest o' the town commended him for a true think the best way were to entertain him with hope, Iman. till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in his Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow : Well. own grease.Did you ever hear the like?
Page. How now, Meg? Mrs. Page. Letter for letter ; but that the name Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George ?-Hark you. of Page and Ford differs !To thy great comfort Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-bro- thou melancholy? ther of thy letter: but let thine inherit first; for, Il Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy. protest, mine never shall. I warrant he hath a Get you home, go. thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast some crotchets in different names, (sure more,) and these are of the thy head now.-Will you go, mistress Page ? second edition : He will print them out of doubt; Mrs. Page. Have with you. You'll come to din. for he cares not what he puts into the press when ner, George? Look, who comes yonder : she shall he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, and be our messenger to this paltry knight. lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you
Aside to Mrs. Ford. twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man.
Enter Mrs. Quickly. Mrs. Ford. Why this is the very same; the very hand, the very words: What doth he think of us? Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll
Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: It makes me al-I fit it. most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter entertain myself like one that I am not acquainted | Anne? withal; for, sure, unless he know some strain in me, Quick. Ay, forsooth; And, I pray, how does that I know not myself, he would never have board. I good mistress Anne ? ed me in this fury.
Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure hour's talk with you. to keep him above deck.
[Exeunt Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my
Quickly. hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reveng'd Page. How now, master Ford. on him : let's appoint him a meeting; give him a Ford. You heard what this knave told me; did show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with you not? a fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses Page. Yes; And you heard what the other told to mine Host of the Garter.
me? Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any vil. Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? Iany against him, that may not sully the chariness Page. Hang 'em, slaves; I do not think the of our honesty. O, that my husband saw this let-knight would offer it : but these that accuse him ter! it would give eternal food to his jealousy. in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his
Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he coines; and my discarded men : very rogues, now they be out of good man too; he's as far from jealousy, as I am service. from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an un Ford. Were they his men ? measurable distance.
Page. Marry, were they.
Ford. I like it never the better for that.-Does Pist. Didst thou not share ? hadst thou not fif. he lie at the Garter ?
teen pence? Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her loose I'll endanger my soul gratis ? At a word, hang no to him; and what he gets of her more than sharp more about me, I am no gibbet for you :-go.-A words, let it lie on my head.
short knife and a throng ;--to your manor of Pickt. Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife; but I would hatch, go. You'll not bear a letter for me, you be loth to turn them together : A man may be too rogue !-You stand upon your honour !-Why, confident: I would have nothing lie on my head : thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can I cannot be thus satisfied.
do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, Page. Look, where my ranting host of the Garter i myself sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on comes : there is either liquor in his pate, or money the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my neces. in his purse, when he looks so merrily.-How now, sity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and mine host ?
yet you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat. Enter Host and Shallow.
a-mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and
your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your Host. How now, bully-rook! thou'rt a gentle-honour ! You will not do it, you ? man : cavalero-justice, I say.
Pist, I do relent; What would'st thou more of Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.-Good even, Iman and twenty, good master Page! Master Page, will
Enter Robin. you go with us? we have sport in hand.
Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, bully- Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. rouk.
Fal. Let her approach. Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between
Enter Mistress Quickly. sir Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French doctor.
Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. Ford. Good mine host o'the Garter, a word with Fal. Good-morrow, good wife. you.
Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook?.
Fal. Good maid, then.
[They go aside. Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the first Shal. Will you sto Page. go with us to behold hour I was born. it? My merry host hath had the measuring of their Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me? weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or contrary places : for, believe me, I hear, the parson two? is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our sport Fal. Two thousand, fair woman: and I'll vouchshall be.
safe thee the hearing. Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my Quick. There is one mistress Ford, sir ;-I pray, guest-cavalier ?
come a little nearer this ways:-I myself dwell Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a pottle with master doctor Caius. of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell Fal. Well, on : Mistress Ford, you say, nim, my name is Brook; only for a jest.
Quick. Your worship says very true : I pray Host. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress your worship, come a little nearer this ways. and regress; said I well ? and thy name shall be "Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears ;-mine own Brook: It is a merry knight. Will you go on, people, mine own people. hearts ?
Quick. Are they so ? Heaven bless them, and Shal. Have with you, mine host.
make them his servants ! Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Fal. Well : Mistress Ford ;-what of her ? skill in his rapier.
| Quirk. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more : In lord ! , Jur worship's a wanton: Well, heaven for. these times you stand on distance, your passes, I give you, and all of us, I pray ! stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford, master Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of time, with my long sword, I would have made you it; you have bi ought her into such a canaries, as four tall fellows skip like rats.
I'tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when Host. Here, boys, here, here ! shall we wag? the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought
Page. Have with you :-I had rather hear them her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, scold than fight.
and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I [Exeunt Host, Shallow, and Page. warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands gift after gift ; smelling so sweetly, (all musk,) and so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off so rushling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and my opinion so easily : She was in his company at in such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar Page's house; and, what they made there, I know of the best, and the fairest, that would have won not. Well, I will look further into't: and I have any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they could a disguise to sound Falstaff : If I find her honest, I never get an eye-wink of her.-I had myself twenty lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour angels given me this morning; but I defy all an. well bestowed.
[Exit. gels, (in any such sort, as they say,) but in the way SCENE II.-A Room in the Garter Inn.
of honesty and, I warrant you, they could never
get her so much as sip on a cup with the proudest Enter Falstaff and Pistol.
of them all : and yet there has been earls, nay, Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.
which is more, pensioners; but, I warrant you, all Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster,
is one with her. Which I with sword will open.
Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my good I will retort the sum in equipage.
she Mercury. Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; for should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated the which she thank you a thousand times; and upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and she gives you to notify, that her husband will be your coach-fellow, Nym; or else you had looked absence from his house between ten and eleven. through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. I am Fal. Ten and eleven? damned in hell, for wearing to gentlemen my Quick, Ay, forsooth; and then you may come friends, you were good soldiers, and tall fellows: and see the picture, she says, that you wot of;and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her master Ford, her husband, will be from home. fan, I took't upon mine honour, thou hadst it not. Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him.
ant you, coanelling so sweesilk and Sand'sug
he's a very jeaiousy man. she .eads a very fram- the which hath something emboldened me to this pold life with him, good heart.
unseasoned intrusion : for they say, if money go beFal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me to fore, all ways do lie open. her; I will not fail her.
Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. Quick. Why you say well : But I have another Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here messenger to your worship : Mistress Page hath her troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, sir hearty commendations to you too ;-and let me tell John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be and one (I tell you that will not miss you morning your porter. nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the be the other and she bade me tell your worship, hearing. that her husband is seldom from home; but, she Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a to be your servant. woman so dote upon a man ; surely, I think you Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will be have charms, la ; yes, in truth.
brief with you, and you have been a man long Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction known to me, though I had never so good means, of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I Quick. Blessing on your heart for't!
shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's much lay open mine own imperfection : but, good wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as they love me?
you hear them unfolded, turn another into the reQuick. That were a jest, indeed !--they have not gister of your own; that I may pass with a reproof so little grace, I hope :-that were a trick, indeed! the easier, sith you yourself know, how easy it is to But mistress Page would desire you to send her be such an offender. Four little page, of all loves ; her husband has a Fal. Very well, sir; proceed. marvellous infection to the little page : and, truly, Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her master Page is an honest man. "Never a wife in husband's name is Ford. Windsor leads a better life than she does; do what Fal. Well, sir. she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to Ford. I have long loved her, and I protest to bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a will; and, truly, she deserves it: for if there be a doting observance; engrossed opportunities to meet kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must send her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could but nigher your page ; no remedy.
gardly give me sight of her ; not only bought many Fal. Why, I will.
presents to give her, but have given largely to Quick. Nay, but do so then: and, look you, he many, to know what she would have given: briefly, may come and go between you both; and, in any I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which case, have a nay-word, that you may know one an- hath been on the wing of all occasions. But what. other's mind, and the boy never need to understand soever I have merited, either in my mind, or in any thing; for 'tis not good that children should my means, meed, I am sure, I have received none; know any wickedness : old folks, you know, have unless experience be a jewel; that I have purdiscretion, as they say, and know the world. chased at an infinite rate; and that hath taught
Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them both : me to say this: there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.-Boy, gol Lowe lile
80 | Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues
. along with this woman. This news distracts me!! (Exeunt Quickly and Robin.
| Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :- Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac. Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your fights; tion at her hands? Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them all!! Ford. Never.
[Exit Pistol. Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll Ford. Never. make more of thy old body than I have done. Will Fal. Of what quality was your love then ? they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the ex- Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's pence of so much money, be now a gainer? Good ground; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistakbody, I thank thee: Let them say, 'tis grossly done: ing the place where I erected it. 60 it be fairly done, no matter.
Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to
me? Enter Bardolph.
Ford. When I have told you that, I have told Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below you all. Some say, that, though she appear honest would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth you ; and hath sent your worship a morning's so far, that there is shrewd construction made of draught of sack.
her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of my pur. Pal. Brook, is his name?
pose : You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, Bard. Ay, sir
admirable discourse, of great admittance, authenFal. Call him in; [Exit Bardolph.) Such tick in your place and person, generally allowed Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such li- for your many war-like, court-like, and learned quor. Ah ! ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page, preparations. have I encompassed you ? go to; via !
Fal. O, sir !
Ford. Believe it, for you know it:-There is Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguised.
money; spend it, spend it; spend more; spend all Ford. Bless you, sir.
I have; only give me so much of your time in exFal. And you, sir: Would you speak with me? change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the ho
Ford. I make bold, to press with so little prepar- nesty of this Ford's wife : use your art of wooing, ation upon you.
win her to consent to you; if any man may, you Fal. You're welcome : What's your will ? Give may as soon as any. us leave, drawer.
[Exit Bardolph. Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent your affection, that I should win what you would much; my name is Brook.
enjoy ? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint-preposterously. ance of you.
Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so se. Ford, Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to 'curely on the excellency of her honour, that the charge you; for I must let you understand, I think folly of my soul dares not present itself; she is too myself in better plight for a lender than you are : bright to be looked against. Now, could I come to