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Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more ac enjoy ? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very quaintance of yon.

preposterously, Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours : not to Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so charge you ; for I must let you understand, I think securely on the excellency of her honour, that the myself in better plight for a leuder than you are ; folly of my soul dares not present itself; she is too the which hath something emboldened me to this bright to be looked against. Now, could I come to unseasoned intrusion: for they say, if money go her with any detection in my hand, my desires had before, all ways do lie open.

instance and argument to commend themselves; I Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. could drive her then from the ward of her purity,

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here her reputation, her marriage vow, and a thousand troubles me: if you will help me to hear it, sir other her defences, which now are too strongly emJohn, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. battled against me: What say yon to't, sir John?

Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with your porter.

[hearing. your money; next, give me your hand ; and last, Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the as I am gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy

Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad Ford's wife. to be your servant.

Ford. O, good sir! Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar.--I will be Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall. [nope. brief with you, and you have been a man long Ford. Want no money, sir John, you shall want known to me, though I had never so good means, Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, you as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I shall want none. I shall be with her, (I may tell shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very you,) by her own appointment; even as you came much lay open mine own imperfection : but, good in to me, her assistant, or go-between, parted from sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as me : I say, I shall be with her between ten and you hear them unfolded, turn another into the re eleven ; for at that time the jealous rascally knave, gister of your own : that I may pass with a reproof her husband, will be forth. Come you to me aí the easier, sith, you yourself know, how easy it is night; you shall know how I speed. to be such an offender.

Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you Fal. Very well, sir; proceed.

know Ford, sir? Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know husband's name is Ford.

him not :- yet I wrong him to call him poor; they Fal. Well, sir.

say, the jealous wittolly knave hath masses of moFord. I have long loved her, and, I protest to ney; for the which his wife seems to me well-fayou, bestowed much on her; followed her with a voured. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly doting observance ; engrossed opportunities to meet rogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home. her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could but Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir; that you niggardly give me sight of her ; not only bought might avoid him, if you saw him. many presents to give her, but have given largely Pal, Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue ! to many, to know what she would have given : I will stare him out of his wits ; I will awe bim briefly, I have pursued her, as love hath pursued with my cudgel : it shall hang like a meteor me; which hath been, on the wing of all occasions. o'er the cuckold's borns : master Brook, thou shalt But whatsoever I have merited, either in my niind know, I will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou or in my means, meed, I am sure, I have received shalt lie with his wife.-Come to me soon at night:none; unless experience be a jewel; that I have Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stile ; thou, purchased at an infinite rate; and that hath taught master Brook, shalt know him for a knave and me to say this:

cuckold :-come to me soon at night. [Exit. Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues;

Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is this! Pursuing that that flies, and flying what

--My heart is ready to crack with impatience.pursues.

Who says, this is improvident jealousy? My wife Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac- bath sent to him, the hour is fixed, the match is tion at her hands ?

made. Would any man have thought this ? See Ford. Never.

the hell of having a false woman! my bed shall be Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? abused, my coffers ransacked, my reputation goawn Ford. Never.

at; and I shall not only receive this villainous Fal. Of what quality was your love then ? wrong, bat stand under the adoption of abominable

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's terins, and by him that does me this wrong. ground; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistak. Terms! names - -Amaimon sounds well; Luciing the place where I erected it.

[me? fer, well; Barbason, well; yet they are devils' adFal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to ditions, the names of fiends : but cuckold ! wittol

Ford. When I have told you that, I have told cuckold! the devil himself hath not such a name. you all. Some say, that, though she appear bonest Page is an ass, a secure ass; he will trust his wife, to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth he will not be jealous : I will rather trust a Fleming so far, that there is shrewd construction made of with my butter, parson Hugh the Welchman with her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of my pur- my cheese, an Irisbman with my aqua-vitæ bottle, pose: You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, or a thief to walk my ambling gelding, than my wife admirable discourse, of great admittance, authen- with herself: then she plots, then she ruminates, tic in your place and person, generally allowed for then she devises : and what they think in their your many war-like, court-like, and learned pre- hearts they may effect, they will break their hearts parations.

but they will effect. Heaven be praised for my Fal. O, sir!

jealousy!-Eleven o'clock the bour ;-I will preFord. Believe it, for you know it:-There is 'vent this, detect my wife, be revenged on Falstaff, money; spend it, spend it ; spend more ; spend all and laugh at Page. I will about it; better three I have; only give me so much of your time in ex hours too soou, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the ho- cuckold! cuckold! cuckold !

(Exit. nesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing, win her to consent to you; if any man may, you

SCENE III.-Windsor Park. may as soon as any.

Enter Caius and RUGBY. Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of Caius. Jack Rugby! your affection, that I should win what you would Rug. Sir.

Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack?

Shal. We will do it. Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh pro Page, Shal. and Slen. Adieu, good master doctor. mised to meet.

[Exeunt Paye, Shallow, and Slender. Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest; for he come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no speak for a jack-an-ape to Apne Page. come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if Host. Let him die: but, first, sheath thy impahe be come.

tience; throw cold water on thy choler: go about Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew your worship the fields with me through Frogmore ; I will bring would kill him, if he came.

thee where mistress Anne Page is, at a farmCaius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill house, a-feasting: and thou shalt woo her: Cry'd kill bin. Take your rapier, Jack; I vill tell you game, said I well ? bow I vill kill him.

Cains. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar, I Rag. Alas, sir, I cannot fence.

love you ; and I shall procure-a you de good guest, Caius. Villainy, take your rapier.

de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, my Rug. Forbear; here's company.


Host. For the which I will be thy adversary Enter Host, SHALLOW, SLENDER, and PAGE.

towards Anne Page; said I well? Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor.

Caius. By gar, 'tis good ; vell said. Shal. Save you, master doctor Caius.

Host. Let us wag then. Page. Now, good master doctor!

Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. (Exeunt. Sler. Give you good-morrow, sir. Caius. Vai be all you, one, two, tree, four,

ACT III. come for?

SCENE I.-A Field near Frogmore. Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see

Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; to see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse,

Eva. I pray you now, good master Slender's thy distance, thy montant. Is he dead, my Ethi- serving-man, and friend Simple by your name, opian? is he dead, my Francisco? ha, bully? What

which way bave you looked for master Caius, that

calls himself Doctor of Physic? sars my Esculapios ? my Galen? my heart of elder? ha! is he dead, bully Stale ? is he dead?

Sim. Marry, sir, the city-ward, the park-ward, Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest of every way; old Windsor way, and every way but

the town way. the çorld; he is not show bis face. Host. Thou art a Castilian king, Urinal ! Hector

Eva. I most fehemently desire you, you will also

look that way. of Greece, my boy!

Sim. I will, sir. Carus. I pray you, bear vitness dat me bave

Eva. 'Pless my soul ! how full of cholers I am, stay six or seven, two or tree hours for him, and be is no come.

and trempling of mind !-I shall be glad, if he Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he is have deceived me :-how melancolieso I am!-I a carer of souls, and you a carer of bodies if you when I have good opportunities for the 'ork-

will knog bis urinals about his knave's costard, should fight, you go against the hair of your professions ; is it not true, master Page ?

’pless my soul! (Sings.) Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been

To shallow rivers, to whose falls a great fighter, though now a man of

Melodious birds sing madrigals;

peace. Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now be

There will we make our peds of roses, old, and of the peace, if I see a sword ont, my

And a thousand fragrant posies. finger itches to make one: though we are justices,

To shallowand doctors, and charchmen, master Page, we have 'Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry. some salt of our youth in us; we are ihe sons of Melodious birds sing madrigals : women, master Page.

When as I sat in Pabylon,Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow.

And a thousand vagram posies. Sha. It will be found so, master Page. Master

To shallowdoctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home. I am

Sim. Yonder he is coming, this way, sir Hugh. sword of the peace; you have showed yourself a

Eva. He's welcome :wise physician, and sir Hugh hath shewn himself a wise and patient churchman : you must go with

To shallow rivers, to whose falls ne, master doctor.

Heaven prosper the right:- What weapons is he? Host. Pardon, guest justice :-A word, mon Sim. No weapons, sir : There comes my master, siear Muck-water.

master Shallow, and another gentleman from Caius. Mack-vater! vat is dat?

Frogmore, over the stile, this way. Host. Muck-water, in our English tongue, is Eva. Pray you, give me my gown; or else keep valoar, bully.

it in your arms. Caius. By gar, then I have as much muck-vater as de Englisbraan :- Scurvy jack-dog priest! by

Enter PAGE, SHALLOW, and SLENDER. gar, me vill cut bis ears.

Shal. How now, master parson? Good-morrow, Host. He will clapper-claw thee, tightly, bully, good sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from the dice, Cains. Clapper-de-claw! vat is dat?

and a good student from his book, and it is wonHost. That is, be will make thee amepds.

Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page!

[derful. Caias. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper-de Page. Save you, good sir Hugh! claw me; for, by gar, me vill have it.

Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of you! Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him wag.

Shal. What! the sword and the word! do you Caius. Me tank you for dat.

study them both, master parson? Host. And moreover, bully,Bat first, master Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and quest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, hose, this raw rhenmatic day? go you through the town to Progmore. (Aside to Eva. There is reasons and causes for it. thca.)

Page. We are come to you, to do a good oflice, Page. Sir Hagh is there, is he?

master parson? Host. He is there : see wbat humour he is in; Eva. Fery well : What is it? and I will bring tbe doctor about by the fields : Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, will it do well?

who, belike, having received wrong by some per

John ape.

son, is at most odds with his own gravity and pa Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you like a tience, that ever you saw.

man, than follow him like a dwarf. Shal. I have lived fourscore years, and upwards; Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy; now, I I never heard a man of his place, gravity, and see, you'll be a courtier. learning, so wide of his own respect.

Enter Ford. Eva. What is he?

Ford. Well met, mistress Page: Whither go you? Page. I thivk you know him; master doctor

Mrs. Page. Truly, sir, to see your wife : Is she Caius, the renowned French physician.

at home? Eva. Got's will, and his passion of my heart! I had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge. for want of company : I think, if your husbands

Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang together, Page. Why? Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hibocrates

were dead, you two would marry.

Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,-two other husbands. and Galen,--and he is a knave besides; a cowardly

Ford. Where had you this pretty weathercock? knave, as you would desires to be acquainted withal.

Mrs. Paye. I cannot tell what the dickens his Page. I warrant you, he's the man should fight

name is my husband had him of: What do you with him.

call your knight's name, sirrah? Slen. O, sweet Anne Page !

Rob. Sir John Falstaff. Shal. It appears so, by his weapons :-Keep

Ford. Sir John Falstaff! them asunder ;-here comes doctor Caius.

Mrs. Paye. He, he; I can never hit on's name. Enter Host, Caius, and RUGBY.

-There is such a leagne between my good man Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in your

and he!-Is your wife at home, indeed ?

Ford. Indeed, she is.
Shal. So do you, good master doctor. (weapon.
Host. Disarm them, and let them question ; let

Mrs. Page. By your leave, sir;- am sick, till

I see her. them keep their limbs whole, and hack our English.

[Ereunt Mrs. Page and Robin. Caius. "I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit bath he any thinking? Sure, they sleep; he hath

Ford. Has Page any brains ? hath he any eyes ? your ear: Verefore vill you not meet-a me?

no use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letter Eva. Pray you, use your patience : In good time. Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack dog, twenty miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot point

blank twelve score. He pieces out his wife's inEva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs to

clination; he gives her folly motion, and advantage: other men's humours; I desire you in friendship, with her. A man may hear this shower sing in the

and now she's going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy and I will one way or other make you amends :-I willknog your urinals about your knave’scogscomb, they are laid ; and our revolted wives share

wind !—and Falstaff's boy with her!–Good plots ! Caius. Diable !—Jack Ragby,-mine Host de damnation together. Well; I will take him, then

torture my wife, pluck the borrowed veil of modesty Jarterre, have I not stay for him, to kill him? have I not, at de place I did appoint?

from the so seeming Mrs. Page, divulge Page Eva. As I am a Christian's sonl, now, look you, these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall

himself for a secure and wilful Actron; and to this is the place appointed ; I'll be judgment by

cry aim. (Clock strikes. The clock gives me my mine host of the Garter. Host. Peace, I say, Guallia and Gaul, French

cue, and my assurance bids me search, there I shall and Welch ; soul-curer and body-curer.

find Falstaff : I shall be rather praised for this, than Caius. Ay, dat is very good! excellent!

mocked; for it is as positive as the earth is firm,

that Falstaff is there: I will go. Host. Peace, I say; hear mine host of the Gar

Am I politic? am I subtle ? am I a Machi- Enter Page, SHALLOW, SLENDER, Host, Sir Hugh avel? Shall I lose my doctor? no; he gives me the

EVANS, Caius, and Rugby. potions, and the motions. Shall I lose my parson? Shal. Page, 8c. Well met, master Ford. my priest? my sir Hugh? no;

he gives me the Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good cheer proverbs, and the no-verbs.-Give me thy hand, at home; and, I pray you, all go with me. terrestrial; so :-Give me thy hand, celestial ; so. Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford.

-Boys of art, I have deceived you both; I have Slen. And so mast I, sir; we have appointed to directed you to wrong places : your hearts are dine with mistress Anne, and I would not break mighty, your skins are whole, and let barnt sack be with her for more money than I'll speak of. the issue.-Come, lay their swords to pawn : Shal. We have lingered about a match between Follow me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow. Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day we

Shal. Trust me, a mad host :-Follow, gentle shall have our answer. men, follow.

Slen. I hope, I have your good will, father Page. Slen. 0, sweet Apne Page!

Page. You have, master Slender; I stand wholly [Exeunt Shallow, Slender, Page, and Host. for you :-but my wife, master doctor, is for you Caius. Ha! do I perceive dat ? have you make-a altogether. de sot of us? ha, ha!

Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a me; Eva. This is well; he has made us his vlouting- my nursh-a Quickly tell me so mush. stog. I desire you, that we may be friends, and Host. What say you to young master Fentou? he let us knog our prains together, to be revenge on capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes this same scall, scurvy, cogging companion, the verses, he speaks bolyday, he smells April and host of the Garter.

May: he will carry't, he will carry't; 'tis in his Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to butions; he will carry't. bring me vere is Anne Page: by gar, he deceive Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The me too.

gentleman is of no having: he kept company with Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles :- Pray the wild Prince and Poins; he is of too high a reyou follow.

[Exeunt. gion, be knows too much. No, he shall not koit a Scene II.-The Street in Windsor.

knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance :

if he take her, let him take her simply; the wealth Enter Mistress PAGE and Robin.

I have waits on my consent, and my consent goes Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gallant; not that way. you were wont to be a follower, but now you are a Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go Jeader: Whether had you rather lead mine eyes, home with me to dinner; besides your cheer, you or eye your master's heels ?

shall have sport; I will shew you a monster.



Master doctor, you shall go ;-so shall you, master Mrs. Ford. A plain kerchief, sir John: my brows Page ;-and you, sir Hagh.

become notbing else ; nor that well neither. Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have the Fal. Thou art a traitor to say so: thou would'st freer wooing at master Page's.

make an absolute courtier; and the firm fixture of (Exeunt Shallow and Slender. thy foot would give an excellent motion to thy gait, Caius. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon. in a semi-circled farthingale. I see what thou wert,

[Exit Rugby. if fortune thy foe were not : nature is thy friend Host. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my honest Come, thou canst not hide it.

[me. ksigbt Falstaff, and drink canary with him.

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing in [Exit Host.

Fal. What made me love thee ? let that persuade Ford. (Aside.) I think, I shall drink in pipe- thee, there's something extraordinary in thee. Come, wine first with him; I'll make him dance. Will I cannot cog, and say, thou art this and that, like a you go, gentles?

many of these lisping bawthorn buds, that come like A. Have with you, to see this monster. (Exeunt. women in men's apparel, and smell like Buckler's

bury in simple-time; I cannot : but I love thee; SCENE III.-A Room in Ford's house.

none but thee; and thou deservest it. Enter Mistress FORD and Mistress Page, Mrs. Ford. 'Do not betray me, sir; I fear, you Mrs. Ford. What, Joho! what, Robert !

love mistress Page. Mrs. Page. Quickly, quickly! Is the buck-bas Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk by ket

the Counter-gate; which is as batesul to me as the Mrs. Ford. I warrant:- What, Robin, I say. reek of a lime-kiln. Enter Servants, with a basket.

Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows, how I love you; Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.

and you shall one day find it. Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down. [be brief.

Fal. Keep in that mind; I'll deserve it.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; or Mrs. Page. Give your men the charge ; we must Mrs. Pord. Marry, as I told you before, John, else I could not be in that mind. and Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew.

Rob. (within.) Mistress Ford, mistress Ford ! house; and, when I suddenly call you, come forth; blowing, and looking wildly, and would needs speak

here's mistress Page at the door, sweating, and and (without any pause, or staggering,) take this

with you presently.

[behind the arras. basket on your shoulders : that done, trudge with

Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconce me it in all baste, and carry it among the whitsters in

Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so : she's a very tattling Datchet mead, and there empty it in the muddy

(Falstaff hides himself.) ditch, close by the Thames side. Mrs. Page. You will do it?

Enter Mistress Page and ROBIN, Mrs. Pord. I have told them over and over; they What's the matter ? how now? lack no direction: Be gone, and come when you are Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you done? called.

[Ereunt Servants. You're shamed, you are overthrown, you are unMrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

done for ever.

(Page ? Enter ROBIN.

Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress

Mrs. Page. O'well-a-day, mistress Ford ! having Mrs. Ford. How now, my eyas-musket? what

an honest man to your husband, to give him such Dews with you?

cause of suspicion ! Rob. My master, sir John, is come in at your back Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion? door, mistress Ford; and requests your company. Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion ?-Out up

Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent, have you been on you! how am I mistook in you! trae to us?

Mrs. Ford. Why, alas ! what's the matter? Rob. Ay, I'll be sword: My master knows not Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming bither, woof your being here ; and hath threatened to put me

man, with all the officers in Windsor, to search for into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of it; for, he

a gentleman, that, he says, is here now in the house, swears, he'll turn me away. Mrs. Page. Thou’rt a good boy; this secrecy of

by your consent, to take an ill advantage of his absence : You are undone.

[so, I hope. tbine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make thee

Mrs. Ford. Speak louder.-(A side. "Tis not a new doublet and hose.--I'll go hide me.

Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that you Mrs. Ford. Do so:-Go tell thy master, I am have such a man bere; but 'tis most certain, your alone. Mrs. Page, remember you your cue.

[Exit Robin. search for such a one. I come before to tell you ;

husband's coming with half Windsor at his heels, to Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it, If you know yourself clear, why I am glad of it: biss me.

[Exit Mrs. Page. but if you have a friend here, convey, convey him Mrs. Ford. Go to then; we'll use this unwhole

out. Be not amazed; call all your senses to yon : some humidity, this gross watery pumpion ;-we'll defend your reputation, or bid farewell to your good teach him how to know tartles from jays.

life for ever. Enter FALSTAFF.

Mrs. Ford. What shall I do?—There is a gentle. Pd. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel? man, my dear friend ; and I fear not mine own Why, now let me die, for I have lived long enough; shame, so much as bis peril: I had rather than a this is the period of my ambition : 0 this blessed thousand pound, he were out of the house.

Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand you had rahour! Mrs. Pord. O sweet Sir John !

ther, and you had rather; your husband's here at Pal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot prate; house you cannot hide him.-0, how have you de

hand, bethink you of some conveyance : in the mistress Ford. Now shall I sin in my wish :

ceived me!-Look, here is a basket; if he be of kould thy husband were dead; I'll speak it before the best ford, I would make thee my lady.

any reasonable stature, he may creep in bere ; and Mrs. Pord. I your lady, sir John? alas, I should throw foul linen upon him, as if it were going

to be a pitiful lady:

bucking : Or, it is wbiting-time, send him by your

two men to Datchet mead. Pal. Let the court of France sbow me such an

[shall I do? other; I see how thine eye would emulate the dia

Mrs. Ford. He's too big to go in there: What mood: Thou hast the right arched bent of the brow,

Re-enter Falstaff. that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, or any Fal. Let me see't, let me see't! O let me see't ! tire of Venetian admittance.

I'll in, I'll in ;-follow your friend's counsel ;-I'llin.

you this?

Mrs. Page. What! Sir John Falstaff'! Are these I would not have your distemper in this kind, for your letters, knight?

the wealth of Windsor Castle. Fal. I love thee, and none but thee; help me Ford. 'Tis my fault, master Page: I suffer for it. away: let me creep in here; I'll never

Eva. You suffer for a pad conscience : your wife (He goes into the basket; they cover him with foul linen.) | is as honest a 'omans, as I will desires among five

Mrs. Page. Help to cover your master, boy: Call thousand, and five hundred too. your men,mistress Ford :-You dissembling Knight! Caius. By gar, I see 'tis an honest woman.

Mrs. Ford. What, John, Robert, John! (Exit Ford. Well ;-I promised you a dinner :- Come, Robin. Re-enter Servants.] Go take up these come, walk in the park : I pray you, pardon me; clothes here, quickly; where's the cowl-staff? Look, will hereafter make known to you, why I have done how you drumble : carry them to the laundress in this.—Come, wife ;-come, mistress Page; I pray Datchet mead ; quickly, come.

you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me. Enter Ford, Page, Caius, and Sir Hugh Evans. mock him. I do invite you to-morrow morning to

Page. Let's go in, gentlemen; but, trust me, we'll Ford. Pray you, come near : if I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me, then let me be

my house to breakfast ; after, we'll a-birding togeyour jest; I deserve it.-How now? whither bear ther; I have a fine hawk for the bush : Shall it be so ?

Ford. Any thing.


Eva. If there is one, I shall make two in the Serv. To the laundress, forsooth.

Caius. If there be one or two, I shall make-a de Mrs. Ford. Why,what have you to do whither they bear it? You were best meddle with buck-washing:

Eva. In your teeth : for shame.

[turd. Ford. Buck? I would I could wash myself of

Ford. Pray you go, master Page. the buck! Buck, back, buck? Ay, buck! I war

Eva. I pray you now, remembrance to-morrow

on the lousy knave, mine host. rant you, buck; and of the season too; it shall appear: [Exeunt Servants with the basket. Gentlemen, I have dreamed to-night ; I'll tell you my mockeries.

Caius. Dat is good; by gar, vit all my heart.

Eva. A lousy Knave; to have his gibes, and his dream. Here, here, here be my keys : ascend my

[Exeunt, chambers, search, seek, find out: I'll warrant we'll SCENE IV.-A Room in Page's House. unkennel the fox :-Let me stop this way first : Enter FENTON and Mistress ANNE PAGE. so, now uncape.

Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love; Page. Good master Ford, be contented: you Therefore no more turn me to him, sweet Nan. wrong yourself too much.

Anne. Alas! how then ? Ford. True, master Page.--Up, Gentleinen; you Fent.

Why, thou must be thyself. shall see sport anon: follow me, gentlemen. (Exit. He doth object, I am too great of birth;

Eva. This is fery fantastical humours, and jea- And that, my state being gall’d with my expence, lousies.

I seek to heal it only by bis wealth : Caius. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France : it is Besides these, other bars he lays before me, not jealous in France.

My riots past, my wild societies ; Page. Nay, follow him, gentlemen ; see the issue And tells me, 'tis a thing impossible of his search. [Exeunt Evans, Page, and Caius. I should love thee, but as a property.

Mrs.Page. Is there not a double excellency in this ? Anne. May be, he tells you true.

Mrs. Ford. I know not which pleases me better, Fent. No, heaven so speed me in my time to come! that my husband is deceived, or sir John.

Albeit, I will confess, thy father's wealth Mrs. Page. What a taking was he in, when your Was the first motive that I woo'd thee, Anne; husband asked who was in the basket !

Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value Mrs. Ford. I am half afraid he will have need of Than stamps in gold, or soms in sealed bags; washing ; so throwing him into the water will do And 'tis the very riches of thyself him a benefit.

That now I aim at. Mrs. Page. Hang bim, dishonest rascal! I would Anne.

Gentle master Fenton, all of the same strain were in the same distress. Yet seek my father's love : still seek it, sir :

Mrs. Ford. I think, my husband hath some special If opportunity and humblest suit suspicion of Falstaff's being here, for I never saw Cannot attain it, why then,-Hark you hither. him so gross in his jealousy till now.

(They converse apart. Mrs. Page. I will lay a plot to try that : And we

Enter SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Mrs. QUICKLY. will yet have more tricks with Falstaff: his disso

Shal. Break their talk, mistress Quickly, my late disease will scarce obey this medicine. mistress Quickly, to him, and excuse his throwing but venturing. Mrs. Ford. Shall we send that foolish carrion, kinsman shall speak for himself.

Slen. I'll make a shaft or a bolt on't: slid, 'tis into the water ; and give him another hope, to be

Shal. Be not dismay'd. tray him to another punishment?

Slen. No, she shall not dismay me : I care not Mrs. Page. We'll do it ; let him be sent for to

for that,-but that I am afeard. morrow eight o'clock, to have amends.

Quick. Hark ye; master Slender would speak a Re-enter FORD, PAGE,Caius, and Sir Hugh Evans. word with you.

Ford. I cannot find him; may be the knave Anne. I come to him.-- This is my father's choice. bragged of that, he could not compass.

0, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults Mrs. Page. Heard you that?

Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a-year ! Mrs. Ford. Ay, ay, peace ;-You use me well,

(Aside.) master Ford, do you?

Quick. And how does good master Fenton ? Pray Ford. Ay, I do so.

(thoughts ! you, a word with you. Mrs. Ford. Heaven make you better than Shal. She's coming; to her, coz. O boy, thou Ford. Amen.

[ter Ford. hadst a father! Mrs. Page. You do yourself mighty wrong, mas Slen. I had a father, mistress Anne ;-my uncle Ford. Ay, ay; I must bear it.

can tell you good jests of him :-Pray you, uncle, Eva. If there be any pody in the house, and in the tell mistress Anne the jest, how my father stole two chambers, and in the coffers, and in the presses, geese out of a pen, good uncle. heaven forgive my sins at the day of judgment! Shal. Mistress Aune, my cousin loves you.

Caius. By gar, nor I too; dere is no bodies. Slen. Ay, that I do; as well as I love any woman Page. Fie, fie, master Ford ! are you not ashained ? in Gloucestershire. Whai spirit, what devil suggests this imagination ? Shal. He will maintain you like a gentlewoman.


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