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Fel: Call him in: (Erit Bardolph.) Such Inest to me, yet, in other places, she en'argeth Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such her mirth so far, that there is shrewd construcliquor. Ah! ah! mistress Ford and mistress tion made of her. Now, Sir John, here is the Page, have 1 encompass'd you ? go to; via ! heart of my purpose ? You are a gentleman of

excellent breeding, admirable discourse, of great Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguised. admittance, authentick in your place and perFord. Bless you, sir.

son, generally allowed for your many warlike, Fal. And you, sir: Would you speak with me? co ruike, and learned preparations. Ford. I make bold to press with so little pre- Fal. O, sir! paration upon you.

Ford. Believe it, for you know it :-There is Fal. You're welcome; What's your will? money; spend it, spend it, spend more; spend Give us lea ve, drawer. [Eri! Bardolph. all I have'; only give me so much of your time

Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to much; my name is Brook.

the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of Fal. 'Good master Brook, I desire more ac- wooing, win her consent to you ; if any man quaintance of you,

may, you may as soon as any. Ford. Good Sir John, I sue for yours: not to Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency charge you; for I must let you understand, 1 of your affection, that I should win what you think myself in better plighi a lender than would enjoy ? Methinks you prescribe to your you are; the which hath something embolden'd self very preposterously. me to this useason'd intrusion; for they say, if Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so money go before, all ways do lie open. securely on the excellency of her honour, that

Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on the folly of my soul dares not present itself; she Ford, Troth, and I have a bag of money here is too bright to be looked against. Now, could troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, Sir I come to her with any detection in my hand, John, take all, or half, for easing me of the car. my desires had instance and argument io comriage.

mend themselves; I could drive her then from Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be the ward of her purity, her reputation, her mar. your porter.

riage-vow, and a thousand other her defences, Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me which now are too strongly embattled against the hearing.

me : What say you to't, Sir John ? Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with glad to be your servant.

your money ; next give me your hand; and Ford. Sir, 1 hear you are a scholar,-l will be last, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you brief with you ;-and you have been a man will, enjoy Ford's wile. long known to me, though I had never so good Ford. O good sir ! means, as desire, to make myself acquainted Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall. with you. I shall discover a thing to you, Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you shall wherein I must very much lay open mine own want none. imperfection : but good Sir John, as you have Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, one eye upon my follies, as you hear them un- you shall want none. I shall be with her (1 folded, turn another into the register of your may tell you) by her own appointment; even own; that I may pass with a reproof the easier, as you came in to me, her assistant, or go-besith you yourself know, how easy it is to be such tween, parted from me: 1 say, I shall be with an offender

her between ten and eleven ; for at that time Fal. Very well, sir; proceed.

the jealous rascally knave, her husband, will Ford. There is a gentle woman in this town, Le forth. Come you to me at night; you shall her husband's name is Ford.

know how I speed. Fal. Well, sir.

Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to you know Ford, sir ? you, bestowed much on her; followed her with Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! 1 a doting, observance; engrossed opportunities know him no! :- yet I wrong him to call him to meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, that poor; they say, the jealous wittolly knave hath could but niggardly give me sight of her; not inasses of money; for the which his wife seems only bought many presents to give her, but have to me well-favoured, I will

use her as the key given largely to many, to know what she would of the cuckoldly rogue's coffer; and there's my have given : briefly, I have pursued her, as love harvest-home. hath pursued me; which hath been on the wing Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir; that you of all occasions. But whatsoever 1 have merit might avoid him, if you saw him. ed, either in my mind or in my means, meed, Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue ! I am sure, I have received none; unless expe- I will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him rience be a jewel : that I have purchased at an with my cudgel ; it shall hang like a meteor infinite rate, and that hath taught me to say this: 'o'er the cuckold's horns: master Brook, thou Love like a shadow flies, when substance love shalt know, I will predominate o'er the peasant,

and thou shalt lie with his wife. ----Come to me pursues; Pursuing that that flies, and Nying what pur-coon at night :-Ford's a knave, and I will ag. ezes.

gravate his style : thou, master Brook, shalt

know him for å knave and cuckold :-come to Fal. Have you received no promise of satis- me soon at night.

[Erit. faction at her hands?

Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is Ford. Never.

this!—My heart is ready to crack with impa Fal. Have you importuned her to such a pur- tience.- Who says this is improvident jealousy pose?

--My wife hath sent to him, the hour is fixed, Ford. Never.

the inatch is made. Would any man have Fal. Of what quality was your love then ? thought this ?-See the hell of having a false Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another woman! my bed shall be abused, my coffers man's ground, so that I have lost my edifice, ransacked, my reputation gnawn at; and I shall by mistaking the place where 1 erected it. not only receive this villanous wrong, but stand

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this under the adoption of abominable terms, and to me?

by him that does me this wrong. Terms! names ! Ford. When I have told you that, I have toldAmaimon sounds well ; Lucifer, well; Bar you all Some say, that though she appear ho- bason, well; yet they are devil's additin

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names of fiends: but cuckold! wittol cuckold Host. Muck-water, in our English tongue, is
he devil himself hath not such a name. Page valour, bully.
van ass, a secure ass; he will trust his wife, he Caius. By gar, then I have as much muck-
will not be jealous: I will rather trust a Fleming vater as de Englishman :-Scurvy jack-dog
with my butter, parson Hugh the Welshman priest; by gar, me vill cut his ears.
with my cheese, an Irishman with my aqua Host. He will clapper-claw thee tightly, bully.
sitæ bottle, or a thiet to walk my ambling geld Caius. Clapper-de-claw! vat is dat?
tng, than my wife with herself: then she plots, Host. That is, he will make thee amends.
then she ruminates, then she devises : and whai) Caius. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper.
chey think in their hearts they may effect, they de-claw me: for, by gar, me vill have it.
will break their hearts but they will effeci. Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him
Heaven be praised for my jealousy!-Eleven wag:
o'clock the hour-I will prevent this, detect my Caius. Me tank you for dat.
wife, be revenged on Falstaff, and laugh at Page Host. And moreover, bully, -But first, master

will about it ; better three hours too soon, guest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slen-
than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fiel cuckold der, go you through the town to Froginore.
cuckold ! cuckold !

[Aside to them. SCENE III. Windsor Park.

Page. Sir Hugh is there, is he?
Enter Caius and Rugby.

Host. He is there : see what humour he is in;

and I will bring the doctor about by the fields : Caius. Jack Rugby.

will it do well ?
Rug. Sir.

Shal. We will do it.
Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack?

Page, Shal. and Slen. Adieu, good master Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that Sir Hugh doctor (Exeunt Page, Shal. and Slen. promised to meet.

Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest ; for he Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is speak for a jack-an-ape to Anne Page. no come: he has pray his Pible vell,' dat he is Host. Let him die: but, first, sheath thy imno come : by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead al- patience; throw cold water on thy choler: go ready, if he be come.

about the fields with me through Frogmore : 1 Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew your worship will bring thee where Mrs. Anne Page is, at a would kill him, if he came.

farmhouse a feasting; and thou shalt woo her: Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I Cry'd game, said I well ? vill kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; 1 vill Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar, tell you how I vill kill him.

I love you : and I shall procure-a you de good Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence.

guest, de earl, de knight, de Jords, de gentleCaius. Villany, take your rapier.

men, my patients. Rug. Forbear; here's company.

Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary Enter flost, Shallow, Slender, and Page.

towards Anne Page; said I well ?

Caius. By gar, 'tis good; vell said.
Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor.

Host. Let us wag then.
Shal. Save you, master doctor Caius.

Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby.
Page. Now, good master doctor!

[Exeun.. Sun. Give you good-morrow, sir.

Caius. Vat be all you, one, two, tree, four, coine for?

ACT III. Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to SCENE 1. A Field near Frogmore. See thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee Enter Sir Hugh Evans and Simple. there; to see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse, thy distance, thy montant. Is he Eva. I pray you now, good master Slender's dead, my Ethiopian ? is he dead, my Francisco ? serving-man, and friend Simple by your name, ha, buliy! What says my Esculapkis ? my Ga which way have you looked for master Caius, len? my heart of elder ? ha! is he dead, bully that calls himself Doctor of Physic? Stale is he dead?

Sim. Marry, sir, the city-ward, the park. Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack-priest of ward, every way; old Windsor way, and every de vorld; he is not show his face.

way but the town way. Host. Thou art a Castilian, king-urinal! Hec- Eva. I most fehemently desire you, you will tor of Greece, my boy!

also look that way. Caius. I pray you, bear vitness that me have Sim. I will, sir. stay six or seven, two, tree hours for him, and

Eva. 'Pless my soul! how full of cholers I be is no come.

am, and trempling of mind l-1 shall be glad, if Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he he have deceived me :-how melancholies I am! is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; I-I will knog his urinals about his knave's cosif you should fight, you go against the hair of tard, when I have good opportunities for the your professions į is it not true, master Page 7 |'ork :-'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 peace. Melodious birds sing madrigals ;

Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now There will we make our peds of roses, te old, sad of the peace, if I see a sword out, And a thousand fragrant posies. my finger itches to make one : though we are

To shallow justices, and doctors, and churchmen, master Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry. Page, we have some sall of our youth in us; we are the sons of women, Master Page.

Melodious birds sing madrigals ;-
Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow.

When as I sat in Pabylon,
Shal. It will be found so, master Page. Mas-

And a thousand vagram posies. ter doctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home.

To shallowI am sworn of the peace; you have showed Sim. Yonder he is coming this way, Sir Hugh. yourself a wise physician, and Sir Hugh hath Eva. He's welcome : shown himself a wise and patient churchman; To shallow rivers, to whose falls you must go with me, master doctor.

Heaven prosper the right !- What weapons is he'l Host. Pardon, guest justice :-A word, mon Sim. No weapons, sir : There comes my massieur Muck-water.

ter, master Shallow, and another gentlem Caius. Muck-vater. vat is dat?

from Fropmore, over the stile, this way.


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you, follow.

Eva. Pray you, give me my gown; or else -Come, lay their swords to pawn :-Follow keep it in your arms.

me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow.

Shal. Trust me, a mad host :-Follow, gentle-
Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender.

men, follow.
Shal. How now, master parsop ? Good mor Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!
row, good Sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from

(Ereunt Shal. Slen. Page, and Host. the dice, and a good student from his book, Caius. Ha! do I perceive dat?' have you and it is wonderful.

make-a de sot of us ? ha, ha! Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page !

Eva. This is well; he has made us his vloutPage. Save you, good Sir Hugh.

ing-stog.--I desire you, that we may be friends; Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of you! and let us knog our prains together, to be reShal. Whaí! the sword and the words do venge on this same scall, ecurvy, cogging comyou study them both, master parson ?

panion, the host of the Garter. Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise hose, this raw rheumatic day?

to bring me vere is Anne Page : by gar, he deEva. There is reasons and causes for it. ceive me too. Page. We are come to you, to do a good of. Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles :- Pray fice, master parson.

[Exeuni. Eva. Fery well : What is it?

SCENE II. The Street in Windsor. Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, who belike, having received wrong by some Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gal.

Enter Mistress Page and Robin. person, is at most odds with his own gravity lant; you were wont to be a follower, but now and patience, that ever you saw.

Shal. I have lived fourscore years and up-you are a leader: Whether had you rather lead ward; I never heard a man of his place, gravity, mine eyes, or eye your master's heels ? and learning, so wide of his own respect.

Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you Era. What is he?

like a man, than follow him like a dwarf. Page. I think you know him ; master doctor Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy ; now Caius, the renowned French physician.

I see you'll be a courtier. Evn. Got's will, and his passion of my heart !

Enter Ford. I had as lief you would tell me of a mess of Ford. Well met, mistress Page; Whither go porridge. Page. Why?

yon? Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hibocrates Mrs. Page. Truly, sir, to see your wife: Is and Galen,--and he is a knave besides; a cow

she at home? ardly knave, as you would desires to be ac- ther, for want of company: I think, if your hus

Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang togequainted withal.

Page. I warrant you, he's the man should bands were dead, you two would marry. fight with him.

Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,-iwo other husSlen. ( sweet Anne Page!

bands. Shal. It appears so, by his weapons:+Keep Ford. Where had you this pretty weather

cock? them asunder ;-here comes doctor Caius.

Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what the dickens his Enter Host, Caius, and Rugby. name is my husband had him of: What do you Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in your call your knight's name, sirrah ? weapon.

Rob. Sir John Falstaff. Shal. So do yon, good master doctor.

Ford. Sir John Falstaff! Host. Disarın them, and let them question ; There is such a' league between my good man

Mrs. Page. He, he; I can never hit on's name. let them keep their limbs whole, and hack our and he is your wife at home, indeed? English. Caius. I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit

Ford. Indeed she is. your ear: Verefore vill you not meet-a me?

M18. Page. By your leave, sir :-) am sick, till Eva. Pray you, use your patience: In good Ford. Has Page any brains? hath he any eyes?

Tereunt Mrs. Page and Robin. time.

Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack hath he any thinking ? Sure, they sleep; he hath dog, John ape.

no use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letEva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs ter twenty miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot to other men's humours; I desire you in friend-point blank twelve score. He pieces-out his ship, and I will one way or other make you wife's inclination ; he gives her folly

notion and amends :-) will knog yorir urinals about your advantage: and now she's going to my wife, and knave's cogscomb, for missing your meetings Fiestatt's boy with her. A man may hear this and appointments.

shower sing in the wind !--and Falstaff's boy Caius. Diable !- Jack Rugby,-mine Host de with her!--Good plots!-they are laid; and our Jarterre, have I not stay for him, to kill him ? revolted wives share damnation together. Well; have I not, at de place I did appoint ?

I will take him; then torture my wife, pluck the Eva. As 'I am a Christians soul, now, look borrowed veil of modesty from the so-seeming you, this is the place appointed ; i'll be judg: mistress Page, divulge Page himself for a secure ment by mine host of the Garter.

and wilful Actæon; and to these violent proHost. Peace, I say Guallin and Ganl, French ceedings all my neighbours shall cry aim. [Clock and Welsh ; soul-curer and body-curer.

strikes. The clock gives me my cne, and my asCaius. Ay, dat is very good ! excellent! surance bids me search; there shall I find 'Fal. Host. Peace, I say, hear mine host of the staff: I shall be rather praised for this, that Garter. Am I politick ? am 1 subtle ? am I a mocked; for it is as positive as the earth is firm, Machiavel ? Shall I lose my doctor? no; he that Falstaff is there : I will go. gives me the potions, and the motions. Shall I lose my parson? my priest, my Sir Hugh? Enter Page, Shallow, Slender, Host, Sir Hugh no; he gives me the pro-verbs and the nn-verbs.

Evans, Caius, and Rugby. -Give me thy hand, terrestrial; 80:-Give me Shal. Page, &c. Well met, master Ford. thy hand, celestial; so. --Boys of art, I have Ford. Trust me a good knot: I have good cheer deceived you both; I have directed you to at home; and, I pray you all, go with me. wrong places: your hearts are mighty, your Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford. skins are whole, and let burnt sack be the issue. Slen. And so must 1, sir; we have appointed



hiss me.

to dine with mistress Anne, and I would not of thine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make break with her for more money than I'll speak of. thee a new doublet and hose. I'll go hide me. Shal We have lingered about a match between Mrs. Ford. Do 80 :Go tell thy master, 1 am Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day alone. Mistress Page, remember you your cue. we shall have our answer.

[Exit Robin. Slen. I hope, I have your good will, father Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it,

[Erit Mrs. Page: Page. You have, master Slender; I stand whol. Mrs. Ford. Go to then; we'll use this unwholely for you:—but my wife, master doctor, is for some humidity, this gross watry pumpion ;yon altogether.

we'll teach him to know turtles from jays. Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a me;

Enter Falstaff.
my nursh-a Quickly tell me so mush.
Host. What say you to young master Fenton ? | Fal. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel?
he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he Why, now let me die, for I have lived long
writes verses, he speaks holyday, he smells April enough; this is the period of my ambition : 8
2nd May: he will carry't; he will carry't :'us this blessed hour!
in his buttons: he will carry't.

Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John !
Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The

Fal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot gentleman is of no having: he kept company with prate, mistress Ford. Now shall I’sin in my Wie wild Prince and Poins; he is of too high a

wish I would thy hnsband were dead: I'll region, he knows too much. No, he shall not speak it before the best lord, I would make thee Init a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my

my lady. substance: if he take her, let him take her sim

Mrs. Ford. I your lady, Sir John! alas, I should ply; the wealth I have waits on my consent, and be a pitiful lady.

Fal. Let the court of France show me such Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go another; I see how thine eye would emulate the home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, diamond : Thou hast the right arched bent of you shall have sport; I will show you a mon- the brow, that becomes the ship-tire, the tire. ster.-— Master doctor, you shall go ;--s0 shall valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance. you, master Page ;-And you, Sir Hugh.

Mrs. Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John: my Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have the brows become nothing else ; nor that well nei.

ther. freer wooing at master Page's.

[Exeunt Shallow and Slender.. Fal. By the lord, thou art a traitor to say so : Carus. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon.

thou would'st make an absolute courtier; and

the firm fixture of thy foot would give an excel. Host

. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my ho lent motion to thy gait, in a semi-circled far. nest knight Falstaff, and drink canary with him. thingale. 1 see what thou wert, if fortune thy

Exit Host. foe were not: nature is thy friend : Come, thou Ford. (Aside.) I think, I shall drink in pipe canst not hide it. wine first with him? I'll make him dance. Will

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing von go, gentles ? All. Have with you, to see this monster.

Fal. What made me love thee? let that per [Ereunt. suade thee, there's something extraordinary in

thee. Come, I cannot cog, and say thon art this SCENE III. A Room in Ford's House.

and that, like a many of these lisping hawthorn Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. buds, that come like women in men's apparel, Mrs. Ford. What John! what Robert !

and 'smell like Bucklersbury in simple-time; 1 Mra. Page. Quickly, quickly: Is the buck- cannot: but I love thee; none but thee; and hasket

thou deservest it. Mrs. Ford. I warrant:-What, Robin, I say.

Mrs. Ford. Do not betray me, sir; 1 fear you

love mistress Page. Enter Servants with a brusket.

Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.

by the Counter-gate ; which is as hateful to me Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down.

as the reek of a lime-kiln. Mrs. Page. Give your men the charge; we Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows how I love must be brief.

yon; and you shall one day find it. Mrs. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John Fal. Keep in that mind; l'll deserve it. and Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew- Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; house; and when I suddenly call you, come forth, or else I could not be in that mind. and (without any pe use or

staggering) take this Rob. [within.) Mistress Ford, mistress Ford ! basket on your shoulders; that done, trudge with here's mistress Page at the door, sweating and it in alt haste, and carry it among the whitsters blowing, and looking wildly, and would needs in Datchet mead, and there empty it in the mud- speak with you presently. dy ditch, close by the Thames' side.

Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconce Mrs. Page. You will do it?

me behind the arras. Mra. Ford. I have told them over and over; Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so; she's a very tat. They lack no direction: Be gone, and come when tling woman.

[Falstaff hides himself. you are called.

[Exeunt Servants. Mrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

Enter Mistress Page and Robin.

What's the matter? how now?
Enter Robin.

Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you Mre. Ford. How now, my eyas-musket? what done? You're shamed, you are overthrown, you news with you?

are undone for ever. Rob. My master Sir John is come in at your Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress back door, mistress Ford; and requests your Page ?

Mrs. Page. ( well-a-day, mistress Ford! hav. Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent, have you ing an honest man to your husband, to give him been true to us?

such cause of suspicion ! Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn: My master knows not Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion? of your being here ; and has threatened to put Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion? Out upon me into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of it; you! how am I mistook in you! for, he swears, he'll turn me away.

Mrs. Ford. Why, alas! what's the matter? Mrs. Page. Thou art a good boy; this secrecy

Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming hither, wo

in me.


man, with all the officers in Windsor, to search Mrs. Ford. I know not which pleases me betfor a gentleman, that, he says, is here now in the ter, that my husband is deceived, or Sir John. house, by your consent, to take an ill advantage Mrs. Page. What a taking was he in, when of his absence: You are undone.

your husband asked who was in the basket! Mrs. Ford. Speak louder.-[ Aside. ]—'Tis not Mrs. Ford. lam half afraid he will have need 80, I hope.

of washing; so throwing him into the water will Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that you do him a benefit. have such a man here ; but'tis most certain your Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest rascal! I husband's coming with half Windsor at his heels, would all of the same strain were in the same to search for such a one. I come before to tell distress you: if you know yourself clear, why I am glad Mrs. Ford. I think my husband hath some of it: but if you have a friend here, convey, special suspicion of Falstaff's being here ; for 1 convey him out. Be not amazed : call all your never saw him so gross in his jealousy till now. senses to you; defend your reputation, or bid Mrs. Page. I will lay a plot to try that: And farewell to yonr good life for ever.

we will yet have more tricks with Falstaff; his Mrs. Ford. What shall I do?-'There is a gen- dissolute disease will scarce obey this medicine. tleman, my dear friend; and I fear not mine own Mrs. Ford. Shall we send that foolish carrion, shame, so much as his peril: I had rather than mistress Quickly, to him, and excuse his throwa thousand pound, he were ont of the house, ing intn the water; and give him another hope,

Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand, you had to betray him to another punishment ? rather, and you had rather; your husband's here Mrs. Page. We'll do it; let hiin be sent for at hand, bethink you of some conveyance: in to-inorrow eight o'clock to have amends. the house you cannot hide him.-o, how have you deceived me!-Look, here is a basket; if Re-enter Ford, Page, Caius,and Sir Hugh Evans. he be of any reasonable stature he may creep in Ford. I cannot find him: may be the knave here; and throw foul linen upon him, as if it bragged of that he could not compass. were going to bucking: Or, it is whiting-time, Mrs. Page. Heard you that ? send him by your two men to Datchet mead. Mrs. Ford. Ay, ay, peace :-You use me well,

Mrs. Ford. He's too big to go in there: What master Ford, do you? shall I do?

Ford. Ay, I do so.

Mrs. Ford. Heaven make you better than your Re-enter Falstaff.

thoughts! Fal. Let me see't; let me see't! O let me

Ford. Amen. see't! I'll in, I'll in; follow your friend's coun

Mrs. Page. You do yourself mighty wrong, sel :-I'll in.

marter Ford. Mrs. Page. What! Sir John Falstaff! Are these Ford. Ay, ay; I must bear it. your letiers, knight?

Eva. If there be any pody in the house, and Fal. I love thee, and none but thee; help me in the chambers, and in the coffers, and in the away: let me creep in here; I'll never- presses, heaven forgive my sins at the day of [He goes into the basket; they cover him judgment. with foul linen.

Caius. By gar, nor I too; dere is no bodies. Mrs. Page. Help to cover your master, boy: Page. Fie, fie, master Ford! are you not Call your men, místress Ford :-You dissembling ashamed ? What spirit, what devil suggests this knight!

imagination ? I would not have your distemper Mrs. Ford. What, John, Robert, John! [Erit in this kind for the wealth of Windsor Castle. Robin; Re-enter Servants. ] Go take up these

Ford. 'Tis my fault, master Page : I suffer for it clothes here, quickly; where's the cowl-staff ?

Erc. You suffer for a pad conscience : your look, how you drumble: carry them to the laun- wife is as honest a 'omans as I will desires among dress in Datchet mead ; quickly, come.

five thousand, and five hundred too.

Caius. By gir, I see 'tis an honest woman. Enter Ford, Page, Caius, and Sir Hugh Evans. Ford. Well;-I promised you a dinner :

Ford. Pray, you, come near: If I suspect with Come, come, walk in the park: I pray yon, out cause, why then make sport at me, then let pardon me; I will hereafter make known to me be your jest; I deserve it. ---How now ? whi-you, why I have don this.-Come, wife :ther bear you this?

Come, mistress Page; I pray you, pardon me; Ser. To the laundress, forsooth.

pray heartily, pardon me. Mrs. Ford, Why, what have you to do whither Page. Let's go in, gentlemen ; but, trnst me, they bear it? You were best meddle with buck - we'll mock him. I do invite you to-morrow washing.

morning to my house to breakfast; aster, we'll Ford. Buck? I would I could wash myself of a birding together; I have a fine hawk for the the buck! Buck! buck! buck ? Ay, buck! 1 bush: Shall it be so? warrant yon, buck; and of the season too, it Ford. Any thing. shall appear. [Ereunt Servants with the basket. 1 Evn. If there is one, I shall make two in the Gentlemen, I have dreamed to-night ; I'll tell company: you my dream. Here, here, here be my keys: Caius. If there be one or two, I shall make a ascend my chambers, search, seek, find ont: de tird. J'll warrant we'll unkennel the fox: Let me Eva. In your teeth ; for shame. stop this way first :--So, now uncape.

Ford. Pray you go, master Page. Page. Good master Ford, be contented: you Eva. I pray you now remembrance to-morrow, wrong yourself too much.

on the lousy knave, mine host. Ford. True, master Page.-Up, gentlemen ; Caius. Dat is good; by gar, vit all my heart. you shall see sport anon: follow me, gentlemen. Eva. A lousy knave; to have his gibes, and [Erit. his mockeries.

[Ereunt. Era. This is fery fantastical humours and jea SCENE IV. A Room in Page's House. lousies. Caius. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France;

Enter Fenton and Mistress Anne Page. it is not jealous in France.

Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love ; Page. Nay, follow him, gentlemen, see the Therefore, no more turn me to him, sweet Nan. issue of his search.

Anne. Alas! how then ? (Eseunt Evans, Page, and Caius. Fent.

Why, thou must be thyself. Mrs. Page. Is there not a double excellency He doth object, I am too great of birth ; n this 2

And that, my state being gall'd with my expense

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