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The bustle and varlety of the incidents, the rich ag. I was exhibited. The jealous Ford, the uxorious Page, semblage of characters, and the skilful conduct of the and their two joyous wives are admirably drawn.-Sir plot of this delightful comedy, are unrivalled in any Hugh Evans and Doctor Caius no less so, and the due drama, ancient or modern,
sceue between them irresistibly comic. The swaggerFalstaff, the inimitable Falstaff, here again ‘lards the ing jolly Boniface mine host of the Garter ; and last, .ean carth'--' a butt and a wit, a humourist, and a man though not least, Master Slender and his cousin Shal. of humour, a touchstone and a laughing-stock, a jester low, are such a group as were never yet equalled by and a jest-the most perfect comic character thai ever the pen or pencil of genius.
SIR John FALSTAFF.
two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
Robin, Page to Falstaff.
Servants to Page, Ford, &-c.
Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, the
sword should end it. SCENE 1. Windsor. Before Page's House. Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and
Enter JUSTICE SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sır' end it: and there is also another device in my prain, HUGI EVANS.
which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with .. Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make
it : There is Anne Page, which is daughter to a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir
master George Page, which is pretty virginity: John Falstaffs, ho shall not abuse Robert Shallow,
Slen. Mistress Anne Page ? 'She has brown hair,
and speaks small' like a woman. esquire. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, just as you will
desire ; and seven lnmdred pounds
Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as and corum.
Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. 2 of moneys, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire,
Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman upon his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resur born, master parson; who writes himself armigero ; rections !) give, when she is able to overtake sevenin any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armi teen years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave bero.
our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage beShal. Ay, that I do; and have doned any time
tween master Abraham and mistress Anne Page. these three hundred years.
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have pounds? done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him,
Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter may: they may give the dozen white luces in their penny.
Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has * Shal. It is an old coat.
good gifts. Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old
Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar good gifts. beast to man, and significs-love.
Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is
Falstaff there? an old coat."
Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, Slen, I may quarter, coz?
as I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise Shal. You may, by marrying.
one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is there; Eva. It is marrying indeed, if he quarter il.
and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. Shal. Not a whit.
I will peat the door [knocks) for master Page. Eva. Yes, pe'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your What, hoa! Got pless your house here ! coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my
Enter Page. simple conjectures : but that is all one: If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, Page. Who's there? I am of the church, and will be glad to do my be Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, nevolence, to maké atonements and compromises and justice Shallow : and here young master Slen. between you,
der; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, Shal. The Councils shall hear it; it is a riot. if matters grow to your likings.
Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I is ro fear of Got in a riot : the Council, look you, thank you for my venison, master Shallow. shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you; Much a riot; take your vizaments in that.
3i. e. all the Shallows have done. 1 Sir, was a title formerly applied to priests and cu. 4 It seems that the latter part of this speech should be rates generally. Dominus being the academical title of given to Sir Hugh. Shallow has just before said the coat a Bachelor (bas chevalier) of Arts, was usually render: is an old one ; and now, that it is the luce, the fresh ed by Sir in English, and as most clerical persons had fish.' No, replies the parson, it cannot be old and fresh taken that degree, it became usual to style them Sir. 100—the salt fish is an old coat.' Shakspeare is stip
2 A corruption of Custos Rotulorum. It seems doubt. posed to allude to the arms of Sir Thomas Lucy, who is sul whether Shakspeare designed Shallow to make this said to have prosecuted him for a misdemeanor in his mistake, for though be gives him folly enough, he youth, and whom he now ridiculed under the character makes him rather pedantic than illiterate. Unless we of Justice Shallow. suppose, with Mr. Malone, that it might have been in 5 The ourt of Star-chamber is meant tended to ridicule the abbreviations used in writs, &c. 6 Advisement. 7 Soft.
good do it your good heart! I wished your venison Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my botter; it was ill killd :-How doth good mistress note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the Page 1 - and I love you always with my heart, la ; cause with as great discreetly as we can. with my heart.
Fal. Pistol, Page. Sir, I thank you.
Pist. He hears with ears. Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do. Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations.
Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? I Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purso? beard say, he was out-run on Cotsale.?
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would I Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.
might never come in mine own great chamber again Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two
Shal. That he will not ;-tis your fault, ’tis your Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling fault :-'Tis a good dog.
and twopence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these Page. A cur, sir.
gloves. Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? there be more said? he is good, and fair. Is Sir Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. John Falstaff here?
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner!-Sir John, Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do
and master mine, a good office between you.
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :'
Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd ; is not Nym. Be avised, sir, and pass good humours: I that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me ; indeed will say, marry, trap, with you, if you run the nuthe hath ; at a word, he hath ;-beliove me ;-Ro- hook'sii' humour on me; that is the very note of it. bert Shallow, esquire, saith he is wrong'd.
Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: Page. Here comes Sir John.
for though I cannot remember what I did when you Enter Sir John Falstaff, BARDOLPH, Nrm, made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. and PISTOL.
Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Fol. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of
Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentle
man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. me to the king? Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed
Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the igno
rance is! my deer, and broke open my lodge. Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter ?
Bard. And being fap,?? sir, was, as they say, Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.
cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done all
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis this :-That is now answer'd.
no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, Shal. The Council shall know this.
but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in IFI be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.
the fear of God, and not with drinken knaves. Eva. Panca verba, Sir John, good worts.
Eva. So Got'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Fal. Good worts a good cabbage.-Slender, I
Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlebroke your head; What matter have you against me?
men; you hear it. Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against Enter MISTRESS ANNE PAGE, with wine; Misyou; and against your coney-catchinga rascals, TRESS FORD and MISTRESS Page following. Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards drink within.
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we'll
(Exit ANNE PAGE. picked my pocket.
Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Bar. You Banbury cheese !S
Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Pist. How now, Mephostophilus 78
well met: by your leave, good mistress. Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
[kissing her. Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca ;" slice ! that's
Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :my humour. Slen. Where's Simple, my man ? can you tell, come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down aủ
Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; cousin ?
unkindness. Eva. Peace : I pray you! Now let us under
(Exeunt all but ShaL. SLENDER, and Evans. stand: There is three umpires in this matter, as I Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had my understand : that is--master Page, fidelicet, master book of Songs and Sonnetsła here : Page; and there is mysell, fidelicet, myself; and
Enter Simple. the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.
How now, Simple! where have you been ? I must Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between wait on myself, must I ? You have not The Book them.
of Riddles about you, havo you? 1 First folio. I thank. The reading in the text is 9 Latten, from the Fr. Laiton, Brass. Bilbo, from from the 410. 1619.
Bilboa in Spain where fine sword blades were made, ? The Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire, famous for Pistol therefore calls Slender a weak blade of base their fine turs, and therefore excellent for coursing. meial, as one of brass would be. 3 Worts was the ancient term for all the cabbage
10 Lips. kind.
11 Metaphorically a bailiff or constable, who hooks or 4 A common name for cheats and sharpers in the seizes debiors or malefactors with a staff or otherwise, time of Elizabeth. By a metaphor taken from those The meaning apparently is, 'If you try to bring me to that rob warrens and conie grounds -- Minahair's Dici. I justice,
5 Said in allusion to the thin carcassof slender. So, 12 Fap was eridently a cant term for Foolish. It may in Jack Drum's Entertainment, 1001, "Put off your have been derived from the Italian Vappa, which Flo. clothes, and you are like a Banbury Cheese, nothing rio explains "any wine that hath lost his force : used but paring."
also for a man or roman ieithout toit or reason." In 6 The name of a spirit, or famillar, in the old story Hutton's Dirt, 153, one of the meanings of the Latin book of Faustus : to whom there is another allusion Vappa is a Discard or foolish man, &c. Act li. Sc. 2. It was a cant phrase, probably, for an ugly 13 A military phrase for running the charge in a tour fellow.
nament or attack; here used metaphorically. 7 Few words.
14 Slender means a popular book of Shakspeare's 8 Mill sixpences were used as counters ; and King time, “ Songes and Sonnettes, wriuen by the Earlo ot Edward's shillings used in the game of shuffle-board. | Surrey and others," and published by Tortel in 1687
Sim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend it | Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fort- my cousin Shallow) [Erit SIMPLE.) A justice of night afure Michaelmaz ?
peace sometimes may be beholden to his friend for a Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. man:-1 keep but three men and a boy yet, till my A word with you, coz: marry this, coz: There is, mother be dead: But what though? yet I live like as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar ofi; a poor gentleman born. by Sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand me? Anne. may not go in without your worship:
Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if it they will not sit till you come. be so, I shall do that that is reason.
Slen. I'faith, I'll cat nothing; I thank you u Shal. Nay, but understand me.
much as though I did. Slen. So I do, sir.
Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: 1 Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: ! will description the matter to you, if you be capacity bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword of it.
and dagger with a master offence, three veneys Slen. Nay, I will do as my consin Shallow says : for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do his country, simple though I stand here.
your dogs bark so ? be there bears i' the town? Eva. But this is not the question; the question Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them talkis concerning your marriage.
ed of. Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis- quarrel at it as any man in England :-You are tress Anne Page.
afraid if you see the bear loose, are you not ? Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon
Anne.' Ay, indeed, sir. any reasonable demands.
Slen, That's meat and drink to me now: I havo Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us seen Sackerson“ loose twenty times; and have command to know that of your mouth, or of your taken him by the chain : bui, I warrant you, the lips; for divers philosophers hold that the lips is women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it parcel of the mouth ;-Therefore, precisely, can pass’d:'—but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; you carry your good will to the maid?
ihey are very ill-favour'd rough things. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love
Re-enter Page. her? Slen. I hope, sir,-) will do as it shall become
Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; wo
stay for you. one that would do reason. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must
Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose,
sir : come, come. towards her. Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good dow
Slen, Nay, pray you, lead the way.
Page. Come on, sir. ry, marry her? Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon
Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.
Anne. Not I, sir ; pray you, keep on. your request, cousin, in any reason. Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz;
Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly, la : I will not do
you that wrong. what I do is to pleasure you, coz: Can you
love the maid?
Anne. I pray you, sir. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but
Slen. I'll rather bé unmannerly than troublesome : if there be no great love in the beginning, yet hea- you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. (Eseunt. ven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when SCENE II. The same. Enter Sir Hugh Evans we are married, and have more occasion to know
and Simple. one another: I hope upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her, I will marry house, which is the way: and there dwells one mis
Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.
Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save the faul' tress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according to or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry,'his our meamng, resolutely ;-his meaning is gnod.
washer, and his wringer. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
Simp. Well, sir. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la.
Eva. Nay, it is petter yet ::
-give her this
letter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquainRe-enter Anne Page.
tance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:-Would to desire and require her to solicit your master's I were young for your sako, mistress Anne! desires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you, be
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father de- gone. I will make an end of my dinner; there's sires your worships' company.
pippins and cheese to come.
Ereunt. Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. Eva. Od's plessed will!' I will not be absence at SCENE III. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter
FalstaFF, Host, BARDOLPH, Nom, PISTOL.,
and Robin. [Exeunt SHALLOW and Sır H. Evans. Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir? Fal. Mine host of the Garter,Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak scho
larly, and wisely: Anne. The dinner attends you, sir.
Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth : of my followers. I This is an intended blunder. Theobald would in grome of her majesty's chamber.' The unfortunato sober sadness have corrected it to Martlemas.
Robert Greene played his master's prize at Leadenhall I i. e. parl, a law term, often used in conjunction with three weapons, &c. The M$. from which this with its synonyme.
information is derived is a Register belonging to somo 3 I was formerly the custom in England for persons of the Schools of the noble Science of Defence, among to be attended at dinner by their own servants wherever the Sloane MSS.-Bril. Mus. No. 2530, xxvi. D. they dined.
5 Veney, or Venue, Fr. a touch or hit in the body at 4 Master of fence here signifies not merely a fencing. fencing, &c. master, but a person who had taken his master's de. 6 The name of a bear exhibited at Paris Garden, in gree in the science. There were three degrees, a mas-Southwark. ter's, a provost's, and a scholar's. For each of these a 7 i, e. passed all expression. prize was played with various weapons, in some open 8 By cock and pye was a popular adjuration See place or square. Tarlton the player" was allowed a Note on Henry IV. P. 2, Act sc. 1. master' on the 231 of October, 1587, he being ordinary 9 i. o. launder, from tho Fr Lavandiere
Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier; let Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine. them wag; trot, trot,
Nym. I thank thee for that humour." Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.
Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with Host. Thou’rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her Pheezar, I will entertain Bardolph; he shall draw, eye did seem to scorch menip like a burning glass! he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector?
Here's another letter to her, she bears the purse Fal. Do so, good mine host.
too: she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. Host. I have spoke ; let him follow: Let me sec I will be cheater 10 them both, and they shall be thee froth, and lime:?' I am at a word; follow. exchequers to me; they shall be my East and West
[Exit Host. Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good thou this letter lo mistress Page; and thou this to trade: an old clóak makes a new jerkin; a with- mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. ered serving-man, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu. Pist. Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy become,
Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all! thrive.
(Erit BARD. Nym. I will run no base humour; here, take the Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the humour-letter; I will keep the 'haviour of reputa. spigot wield?
tion. Nym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the humour Fal. Hold, sirrah (10 ROB.,] bear you these letconceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the ters tightly ; humour of it.
Sail like my pinnacell to these golden shores.Fal. I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box; Rogues, hence avaunt! vanish like hailstones, go; his thefts were too open: his filching was like an Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, unskilful singer, he kept not time.
pack! Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, rest.
French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted page. Pist. Convey, the wise it call: Steal! foh ; a
[Ereunt Falstaff and Robin, fico’ for the phrase !
Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts !12 for gourd and Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.
fullam!3 holds, Pist. Why then let kibes ensue.
And high and low beguile the rich and poor: Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; Testerit I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, I must shift.
Base Phrygian Turk! *, Pist. Young ravens must have food.
Nym. I have operations in my head, which be Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? humours of revenge. Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good. Pist. Wilt thou revenge?
Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am Nym. By welkin, and her star! about.
Pist. With wit, or steel ? Pist. Two yards, and more.
Nym. With both the humours, I: Fal. No quips now, Pistol ; indeed I am in the I will discuss the humour of this love to Page waist two yards about; but I am now about no Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to
How Falstaff, varlet vile, make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in His dove will prove, his gold will hold, her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer
And his soft couch defile. of invitation: I can construe the action of her fami
Nym. My humour shall not cool : I will incensels liar style, and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with be English'd rightly, is, I am Sir John Falstaf's. yellowness, 16 for the revolt of mien is dangerous :
Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated that is my true humour. her well; out of honesty into English.
Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents: I seNym.' The anchor is deep: will that humour cond thee; troop on.
Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of SCENE IV. A Room in Dr. Caius' House. En her husband's purse; she hath legions of angels.
ter Mrs. QUICKLY, SIMPLE, and Rugby, Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her, boy,
Quick. What; John Rugby I pray thee, go to Nym. The humour rises; it is good ; humour me master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, and
the casement, and see if you can see my master, the angels.
find Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here abusing of God's patience, and the king's English.
any body in the house, here will be an old another to Page's wife; who even now gave me good
Rug. I'll go watch.
[Exit Rugby. eyes too, examined my parts with most judicious eyliads : sometimes the beam of her view gilded night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire.
Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon at my foot, sometimes my portly belly.
10 Cleverly, adroitly. 1 Keysar old spelling for Cæsar, the general word 11 A pinnace was a light vessel built for speed, and for an emperor. Kings and Keysars is an old phrase was also called a Brigantine. Under the words Cata. in very common use, Pherzar, a made word from scopium and Celor in Hutton's Dictionary, 1583, we Pheeze, in the Induction to Taming of a Shrew. have a Brigantine or Pinnace, a light ship that goeth
2 To froth beer and to lime sack were tapster's to espie.' Hence the word is used for a go-between. tricks. Mr. Steevens says the first was done by putting in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Justice Overdo soap in the bottom of the tankard; the other by mixing says of the pig-woman, "She has been before me, lime with the wine to make it sparkle in the glass. punk, pinnace, and bawd, any time these two and
3 'A fico for the phrase.' See K. Henry IV. Part 2. twenty years.” A. S.
12 A burlesque on a passage in Tamburlaine, or the 4 It seems to have been a mark of kindness when a Scythian Shepherd lady carved to a gentleman. So, in Vittoria Corom
-"and now doth ghastly death bona: “ Your husband is wondrous discontented. Vit. With greedy talons gripe my bleeding heart, I did nothing to displease him, I carved to him at sup. And like a harper lyers on my life.” per lime.”
Again, ibid, 5 Gold coin.
“Griping our bowels with retorted thoughts." 6 Oeillades. French. Ogles, wanton looks of the 13 In Decker's Bellman of London, 1640, among the eyes. Cotgrave translates it, 'lo cast a sheep's eye.' false dice are enumerated “a bale of fullams '_'a
balo 7 What distinguishes the languages of Nym from that of gordes, with as many high men as low men for pas. of the other auendants on Falstaff is the constant repeti. sage. The false dice were chietly made at Friham, tion of this phrase. In the time of Shakspeare such an hence the name. The manner in which they were affectation seems to have been sufficient to mark a char. madu is described in The Complete Gamester, 1676, acter. Some modern dramatists have also thought so. 12mo. 8 i. e, attention.
14 Sixpence I'll have in pocket. 15 Instigate 9 Escheatour, an officer in the Exchequer
An honest, wiling, kind fellow, as ever servant shall Villany? larron ! (Pulling Simple out.) Rugby, come in house withal; and, I warrant you, no tell- my rapier. tale, nor no breed-bate:' his worst fault is, that he Quick. Good master, be content. is given to prayer; he is something peevish? that Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a? way: but nobody but has his fault ;--but let that Quick. The young man is an honest man. pass. Peter Simple, you say, your name is? Čaius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ? Sim. Ay, for a fault of a better.
dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closel. Quick. And master Slender's your master? Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatic; hear Sim. Ay, forsooth.
the truth of it: He came of an errand to ine from Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard," parson Hugh. like a glover's paring knife ?
Caius. Peace-a your tongue :-Speak-a your tale. Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your his hands, as any is between this and his head; he maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page hath fought with a warrener.
for my master, in the way of marriage. Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember Quick. This is all, indeed, la; bui I'll ne'er put him; Does he no hold up his head, as it were ? my finger in the fire, and need not. and strut in his gait ?
Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?-Rugby, baillez me Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
some paper:-Tarry you a liule-awhile. [Wriles. * Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse Quick. am glad he is so quiet: if he had been fortune? Tell master parson Evans, I will do what thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, and I loud, and so melancholy ;-But notwithstanding, wish
man, I'll do your master what good I can: and the Re-enter Rugby.
very yea and the no is, the French Doctor, my
master, -I may call him my master, look you, for Rug. Out, alas! here comes my master. I keep his house; and I wash, wriny, brew, bake,
Quick. We shall all be shent:' Run in here, good scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do young man; go into this closet. (Shuts Simple in all myself;— the closet.] He will not stay long.-What, John Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one body's Rugby! John, what, John, I say?-Go, John, go hand. inquire for my master; I doubt, he be not well, that Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find it he comes not home :—and down, down, adown-a, a great charge: and to be up early, and down late; f.c.
-but notwithstanding (10 idll you in your ear;.
would have no words of it;) my master himself is in Enter Doctor Caius.&
love with mistress Anne Page: but notwithstanding Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not liko dese tovs; tha', -I know Anne's mind, -tbal's neither horo Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitiet nor there. vert; a box, a green-a box ; Do intend vat I speak? Hugh; by gar, it is a 'shallenge: I vill cut his
Caius. You jack’nape; give-a dis letter 10 Sir u-green-a box.
Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad troat in de park; and I vill teach” a scurvy jack-ahe went not in himself; if he had found the young nape priest to meddle or make :--you may be gone; man, he would have been horn-mad. (Aside.
it is not good you tarry here:-by gar, I vill cut all Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe ! mai foi, il fait fort chaud. his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to Je m'en vais a la Cour,-la grande affaire.
trow at his dog.
[Esit SIMPLE. Quick. Is it this, sir?
Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. Caius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; Depeche, Caius. It is no matter--a for dat:- do not you quickly:-Vere is dat knave Rugby?
tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? Quick. What, John Rugby! Johin!
-by gar, I vi kill de Jack priest; and I have Rug. Here, sir,
appointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack weapon :-hy gar, I vill myself have Anne Page.. Rugby; Come, take-a your rapier,
and wome after
Quick. Sir, ihe maid loves you, and all shall be my heel to de court.
well: we must give folks leave to prale : What, Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch.
the good-jer! Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's me! Cuius. Rugby, come to the court vid me ;-By Qu'ay.; oublie ? dere is some simples in my closet, gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your head dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. out of my door :-Follow my heels, Rugby, Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there,
(Ereunt Caius and Ruger.. and be mad.
Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ?-own. No, I know Anne's mind for that : never a
woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind 1 i. e. breeder of debate, maker of contention.
2 Foolish, Mrs. Quickly possibly hlunders, and would say precise.
tall will also explain the expression a tall sellow, or a 3 Sce a Note on K. Henry V. Act ii, Sc. 6.
tull man, wherever it occurs. Mercutio ridicules it as "And what a beard of the general'a cut.'
one of the affected phrases of the fantasticos of his age, 4 It is said that Cain and Judas in old pictures and ta. 'a very good blade,' 'a very full man!!--Romeo and pestry were constantly represented with yellow beards. Juliet, Act ii. Sc. 4. In an age when but a small part of the nation could 6 The keeper of a warren. read, ideas were frequently borrowed from these re. 7 Scolded, reprimanded. presentations. One of the copies reads a cane-coloured 8 It has been thought strange that Shakspeare should heard, i. e. of the colour of cane, and the reading of the take the name of Caius for his Frenchman, as an emi. 4:0. a whey.coloured beard favours this reading. nent physician of that naine, founder of Caius College,
6 This phrase has been very imperfectly explained Oxford, flourished in Elizabeth's reign. But Shak by the commentators, though they have wriiten about speare was little acquainted with literary history, and it, and about it.' Malone's quotation from Cotgrave without doubt, from this unusual name, supposed him Wag near the mark, but missed it : “ Haut a la main, to have been some foreign quack:
The character Homme a la main, Homme de main. A man of his might however be drawn from the life, for in Jack Do. hands; a man of erecution or valour ; a striker, like ver's Quest of Enquirie, 1601, a stery called 'the Foole enough to lay about him ; proud, surlie, sullen, stub- of Windsor,' turns upon a simple outlandish Doctor of
So says this truly valuable old dictionary: Physicke. from which it is evident that a tall man of his hands 9 The goujere, i. e, morbus Gallicus. The good. was only a free version of the French Homme haul a jer and good yeare were common corruptions of this la main. This equivocal use of the words Haut and I phrase.