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MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Sir JOHN FALSTAFF.

Robin, Page to Falstaff. FENTON.

SIMPLE, Servant to Slender,
Suallow, a country Justice.

Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.
SLENDER, cousin to Shallow.
MR. FORD,
two Gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.

Mrs. Ford.
William Page, a Boy, son to Mr. Page.

Mrs. Page Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.

Mrs. Anne Page, her Daughter, in love with Fenton Dr. Caius, a French Physician.

Mrs. QUICKLY, Servant to Dr. Caius.
Host of the Garter Inn.
BARDOLPH,
Pistol, Followers of Falstaff.

Servants to Page, l'ord, fic.
Nym,

SCENE, Windsor; and the parts adjacent.

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ACT 1.
SCENE I. – Windsor. Before Page's House. Slen. I may quarter, coz?

Shal. You may, by marrying.
Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir Hugh Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
Evans.

Shal. Not a whit. Shallow. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make Eva. Yes, py’r 3 lady; if he has a quarter of your a Star-chamber maitor of it; if he were twenty sir coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my Jolin Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, simple conjectures: but this is all one : If Sir John esquire.

Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my beand coram

nevolence, to make atonements and compromises Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum.?

between you. Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman

Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot. born, master parson; who writes himself armigero;

Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, arni- is no fear of Got in a riot; the Council, look you.

shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear gero.

Shal. Ay, that we do: and have done any time a riot; take your vizaments 4 in that. these three hundred years.

Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have sword should end it. done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him, Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and may: they may give the dozen white luces in their end it: and there is also another device in my prain,

which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with Shul. It is an old coat.

it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old master George Page, which is pretty virginity. coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, beast to man, and signifies – love.

and speaks small like a woman. Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as an old cuit.

just as you will desire : and seven hundred pounds

of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire. A titie formerly appropriated to chaplains,

3 By our.

• Advisement

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upon his death's bed, give, when she is able to Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts. overtake seventeen years old: it were a goot motion, Fal. Good worts 6! good cabbage. — Slender, I if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a broke your head; What matter have you against marriage between master Abraham and mistress me? Anne Page.

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred against you; and against Bardolph, Nym, and pound?

Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and made Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny. me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket.

Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has Bar. You Banbury cheese! 7 good gifts.

Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, Pist. How, now, Mephostophilus ? 8 is good gifts.

Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ; slice ! that's Falstaff there?

my humour. Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, Slen. Where's Simple, my man? - can you tell, as I do despise one that is false; or as I despise cousin ? one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is Eva. Peace: I pray you! Now let us understand: there ; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well. There is three umpires in this matter as I under. willers. I will peat the door [knocks] for master stand: that is - master Page, fidelicet, master Page; Page. What, hoa ! pless your house here ! and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three Enter Pace.

party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.

Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between them. Page. Who's there? Eva. Here's your friend, and justice Shallow : note-bcok; and we will afterwards ’ork upon the

Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my and here young master Slender; that peradven- cause, with as great discreetly as we can. tures shall tell you another tale, if matters grow Fal. Pistol, to your likings.

Pist. He hears with ears. Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I

Eva. What phrase is this, He hears with ear? thank you for my venison, master Shallow.

Why, it is affectations. Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; Much

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? good do it your good heart! I wished your venison

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I better; it was ill-kill'd: – How doth good mistress might never come in mine own great chamber again Page ? — and I love you always with my heart, la; else, ) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edwith my heart.

ward shovel-boards”, that cost me two shillings and Page. Sir, I thank you.

two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender.

Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I

Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner ! — Sir John, heard say he was outrun on Cotsale, 5

and master mine, Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo : 1 Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

Word of denial in thy labras 2 here; Shal. That he will not; - 'tis your fault, 'tis your Word of denial ; froth and scum, thou liest. fault:- 'Tis a good dog.

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. Page. A cur, sir. Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can I will say, marry trap, with you if you run the nut

Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours : there be more said ? he is good, and fair. Is sir

hook's s humour on me; that is the very note of it. John Falstaff here?

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do for though I cannot remember what I did when you a good office between you.

made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Eva. It is spoke as a Christian ought to speak.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page.

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.

had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not

Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignothat so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me; in

rance is! deed, he hath; - at a word, he hath ; - believe me;

Bard. And being fapt, sir, was, as they say, Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong’d.

cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. 5 Page. Here comes sir John.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too : but 'tis Enter Sir John Falstaff, BARDOLPH, Nym, and no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, PISTOL.

but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick : Fah Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have me to the king ?

the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. Shal. Knight you have beaten my men, killed my

Eva. That is a virtuous mind. deer, and broke open my lodge: this shall be answer'd.

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentleFal. I will answer it straight;- I have done all men; you hear it. this: - That is now answer'd.

6 Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind Shad The Council shall know this.

7 Nothing but paring!

8 The name of an ugly spirit. Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in

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9 King Edward's shillings used in the game of shuffleboard counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.

1 Blade as thin as a lath.

3 If you say I am a thief. 5 Cotswold, in Gloucestershire.

5 The bounds of good behaviour.

9 Lips.

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I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Enter Mistress Anne Page with wine ; Mistress

dissolutely FORD and Mistress Page following.

Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; save, the Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll faul is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according drink within.

[Erit Anne Page. to our meaning, resolutely ; — his meaning is good. Slen. O heaven ! this is mistress Anne Page. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met: by your leave, good mistress. (Kissing her.

Re-enter Axxe Pac Paye. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome : Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne: - Would Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; I were young, for your sake, mistress Anne! come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father unkindness,

desires your worships' company. (Exeunt all but SHAL. SLENDER, and Evans.

Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my Eva. I will not be absence at the grace. book of Songs and Sonnets here :

[Ereunt Shallow and Sir H. EVANS. Enter SIMPLE.

Anne. Wil't please your worship to come in, sir ?

Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am How Simple ! where have you been? I must very well. wait on myself, must I ? You have not The Book Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. of Riddles about you, have you ?

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth : 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 afore Michaelmas ? 6

peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. a man: – I keep but three men and a boy yet, till A word with you, coz; marry, this, coz; There my mother be dead : But what though ? yet I live is, as 'twere a tender, a kind of tender, made afar like a poor gentleman born. off by sir Hugh here; Do you understand me? Anne. I may not go in without your worship. slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if they will not sit, till you come. I shall do that that is reason.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as 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 : I Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I will description the matter to you, if you be capa- bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword city of it.

and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys ? Slen. Nay I will do as my cousin Shallow says : for a dish of stewed prunes ; and, by my troth, I

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 is concerning your marriage.

talked 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 have Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? Let us

seen Sackerson 8 loose, twenty times: and have command to know that of your mouth, or of your taken him by the chain : but, 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 9 : — but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em ; you carry your good will to the maid ?

they are very ill-favoured rough things. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her? Slen. I hope, sir, - I will do, as it shall become

Re-enter Page. one that would do reason.

Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we Eva. Nay, you must speak possitable, if you can

stay for you. carry her your desires towards ler.

Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. Shil. That you must: Will you, upon good

Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, dowry, marry her?

sir ; come, come. Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. your request, cousin, in any reason.

Page. Come on, sir. Shal. Nay, conceive ine, conceive me, sweet coz ;

Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. what I do, is to pleasure youi, coz: Can you love Anne. Not I, sir, pray you, keep on. the maid ?

Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la ; I will Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but

not do

wrong. if there be no great love in the beginning, yet Anne. I pray you, sir. heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance,

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublewhen we are married, and have more occasion to know one another : I hope, upon familiarity will some; you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. (Exeunt. grow more contempt; but if you say, marry her,

1 Three set-to's, bouts, or hits

The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Garden, Southwark. & An intended blunder,

9 Surpassed all expression,

you that

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