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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

Mrs. Page. I mean it not; I seek you a better

Quick. That's my master, master doctor.

Anne. Alas, I had rather be set quick i' the earth,
And bowld 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 :-Şhe must needs

go Her father will be angry.

[Exeunt 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 to

night Give my sweet Nan this ring: There's for thy pains.

Exit. 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 bowld 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 7



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. [Exit Bard.] Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal ; and to be thrown into the Thames? 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.




Re-enter Bardolph, with the wine. Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak with you.

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.—[E.rit 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.

Ful. 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


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?

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 ain as subject to heat, as butter; a man of continual dissolution and thaw : it was a miracle, to 'scape suffocation. And in the



detected with -] With was sometimes used for of, or by.

bilbo,] 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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