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Fent. Good mistress Page, for that I love your daughter In such a righteous fashion as I do, Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners, I must advance the colours of my love, And not retire : Let me have your good will. Anne. Good mother, do not marry me to yond" fool. Mrs. Page. I mean it not; I seek you a better husband. Quick. That's my master, master doctor. Anne. Alas, I had rather be set quick i' the earth, And bowl'd to death with turnips." Mrs. Page. Come, trouble not yourself: Good master Fenton, I will not be your friend, nor enemy: My daughter will I question how she loves you, And as I find her, so am I affected; Till then, farewell, sir:—She must needs go in; Her father will be angry. [Ereunt Mrs. PAGE and ANNE. Fent. Farewell, gentle mistress; farewell, Nan. Quick. This is my doing now;-Nay, said I, will you cast away your child on a fool, and a physician? Look on master Fenton:—this is my doing. Fent. I thank thee; and I pray thee, once tonight” Give my sweet Nan this ring: There's for thy pains. o: Quick. Now heaven send thee good fortune! A kind heart he hath: a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart. But yet, I would my master had mistress Anne; or I would


be set quick i' the earth,

And bowl'd to death with turnips.] This is a common proverb

in the southern counties.
* — once to-night-] i.e. sometime to-night-

master Slender had her; or, in sooth, I would master Fenton had her: I will do what I can for them all three; for so I have promised, and I'll be as good as my word; but speciously" for master Fenton. Well, I must of another errand to sir John Falstaff from my two mistresses; What a beast am I to slack it?” [Evit.

... * SCENE V.
A Room in the Garter Inn.

Enter FALSTAFF and BARDolph.

Fal. Bardolph, I say,+

Bard. Here, sir.

Fal. Go fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast in’t. [Erit BARD.] Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal; and to be thrown into the Thames 2 Well, if I be served such another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out, and butter'd, and give them to a dog for a new year's gift. The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as they would have drowned a bitch's blind puppies, fifteen i' the litter: and you may know by my size, that I have a kind of alacrity in, sinking; if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should down. I had been drowned, but that the shore was shelvy and shallow ; a death that I abhor; for the water swells a man; and what a thing should I have been, when I had been swelled ! I should have been a mountain of mummy.

* speciously She means to say specially, * to slack it?] i. e. neglect.

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Re-enter BARDOLPH, with the wine.

Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak with Ou. Fal. Come, let me pour in some sack to the Thames water; for my belly's as cold, as if I had swallowed snow-balls for pills to cool the reins. Call her in. Bard. Come in, woman.

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY.

Quick. By your leave; I cry you mercy: Give your worship good-morrow. Fal. Take away these chalices: Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely. Bard. With eggs, sir? Fal. Simple of itself; I'll no pullet-sperm in my brewage.—[Evit BARDolph.]—How now? Quick. Marry, sir, I come to your worship from mistress Ford. Fal. Mistress Ford ' I have had ford enough: I was thrown into the ford: I have my belly full of ford. Quick. Alas the day! good heart, that was not her fault: she does so take on with her men; they mistook their erection. Fal. So did I mine, to build upon a foolish woman's promise. Quick. Well, she laments, sir, for it, that it would yearn your heart to see it. Her husband goes this morning a birding; she desires you once more to come to her between eight and nine: I must carry her word quickly: she'll make you amends, I warrant you. Fal. Well, I will visit her: Tell her so; and bid her think, what a man is: let her consider his frailty, and then judge of my merit. Quick. I will tell her. Fal. Do so. Between nine and ten, say'st thou? Quick. Eight and nine, sir. Fal. Well, be gone: I will not miss her. Quick. Peace be with you, sir! [Erit. Fal. I marvel, I hear not of master Brook; he sent me word to stay within : I like his money well. O, here he comes.

Enter Ford. Ford. Bless you, sir!

Fal. Now, master Brook? you come to know what hath passed between me and Ford's wife? Ford. That, indeed, sir John, is my business. Fal. Master Brook, I will not lie to you; I was at her house the hour she appointed me. Ford. And how sped you, sir? Fal. Very ill-favouredly, master Brook. Ford. How so, sir? Did she change her determination ? Fal. No, master Brook; but the peaking cornuto her husband, master Brook, dwelling in a continual 'larum of jealousy, comes me in the instant of our encounter, after we had embraced, kissed, protested, and, as it were, spoke the prologue of our comedy; and at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither provoked and instigated by his distemper, and, forsooth, to search his house for his wife's love. Ford. What, while you were there? Fal. While I was there. Ford. And did he search for you, and could not find you? Fal. You shall hear. As good luck would have it, comes in one mistress Page; gives intelligence


of Ford's approach; and, by her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket. Ford. A buck-basket! Fal. By the Lord, a buck-busket: rammed me in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings, and greasy napkins; that, master Brook, there was the rankest compound of villainous smell, that ever offended nostril. Ford. And how long lay you there 2 Fal. Nay, you shall hear, master Brook, what I have suffered to bring this woman to evil for your good. Being thus crammed in the basket, a couple of Ford's knaves, his hinds, were called forth by their mistress, to carry me in the name of foul clothes to Datchet-lane : they took me on their shoulders ; met the jealous knave their master in the door; who asked them once or twice what they had in their basket: I quaked for fear, lest the lunatic knave would have searched it; but fate, ordaining he should be a cuckold, held his hand. Well: on went he for a search, and away went I for foul clothes. But mark the sequel, master Brook: I suffered the pangs of three several deaths: first, an intolerable fright, to be detected with" a jealous rotten bellwether: next, to be compassed, like a good bilbo,” in the circumference of a peck, hilt to point, heel to head: and then, to be stopped in, like a strong distillation, with stinking clothes that fretted in their own grease; think of that, a man of my kidney, think of that: that an as subject to heat, as butter; a man of continual dissolution and thaw ; it was a miracle, to 'scape suffocation. And in the

8 detected with —J With was sometimes used for of, or by.

9 bilbo, J A bilbo is a Spanish blade, of which the excellence is flexibleness and elasticity, from Bilboa, a city of Biscay, where the best blades are made.

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