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in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation; armigero.
Shal. Ay, that I do, and have done any time these three hundred years.
Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have don't;
and all his ancestors, that come after him, may; they may give the dozen white luces in their coat.
Shal. It is an old coat.
Eva. The dozen white lowses do become an old coat well; it agrees well, passant; it is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish, the salt-fish is an old coat.
Slen. I may quarter, coz.
Eva. Yes, per lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three shirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures. But that is all one; if Sir John Falstaff have cominiited disparagements upon you, I am of the church, and would be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises between you.
Shal. The council shall hear it; it is a riot.
Eva. It is not meet the council hear of a riot ; there is no fear of Got in a riot: the council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot; take your viza-ments in that.
Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword and end it; and there is also another device in my prain, which, peradventure, prings good discretions with it; there is Anne Page, which is daughter to Mafter George Page, which is pretty virginity.
Slen. Mistress Anne Page ? she has brown hair, and speaks small like a woman.
Eva. It is that ferry person for all the orld, as just as you will defire; and feven hundred pounds of monies, and gold and silver, is her grandfire up
on his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurrections), give, when she is able to overtake seventeen years old: it were a good motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne Page.
Slen. Did her grandfire leave her seven hundred pounds ?
Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.
Slen. I know the young gentlewoman ; she has good gifts.
Shal. Seven hundred pounds, and poslibilities, is good gifts.
Slen. Well; let us see honest Mr Page : is Falstaff there?
Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, as I do despise one that is false; or as I despise one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is there; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-wishers. I will peat the door [Knocks.] for Master Page. What, hoa ? Got bless your house here.
S CE N E II.
Enter Mr Page.
Eva. Here is Got's blessing, and your friend, and Justice Shallow; and here's young Master Slender ; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, if matters grow to your likings.
Page. I am glad to see your Worships well. I thank
my venison, Master Shallow. Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; mu good do it your good heart :. I wish'd your veni. son better ; it was ill killd. How doth good Mistress Page? and I thank you always with my heart, la; with my heart.
Page. Sir, I thank you.
Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, Sir? I heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale.
Page. It could not be judg'd, Sir.
Shal. That he will not :-'tis your fault, 'tis your fault'tis a good dog.
Page. A cur, Sir.
Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog ; can there be more said ? he is good and fair. -Is Sir John Falstaff here?
Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do a good office between you.
Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.
Shal. If it be confess’d, it is not redress’d; is not that so, Master Page ? He hath wrongd me-indeed he hath-at a word, he hath-believe me Robert Shallow, Esq; faith he is wrong’d.
Page. Here comes Sir John.
S CE N E III. Enter Sir Jolin Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym and Piftol.
Fal. Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the council ?
Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd my deer, and broke open my lodge Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter. Shal. Tut, a pin; this shall be answer'd.
Fal. I will answer it strait : I have done all this. That is now answer'd.
Shal. The council Mall know this.
Fal. 'Twere better for you if 'twere not known in council; you'll be laugh'd at.
Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, good worts.
Fal. Good worts? good cabbage. Slender, I broke your head; what matter have you against me?
Slen Marry, Sir, I have matter in my head againft you, and against your coney-catching-rafcals t, Bardolph Nym and Pistol.
+ A coney.catcher was, in the time of Elizabeth, a common narcior a chea: or Marper. Johrson.
Bar. You Banbury cheese ? Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Pift. How now, Mephostophilus * ? Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Nym. Slice, I say ; pauca, pauca : Nice, that's Slen. Where's Simple, my man ? can you tell, cousin ?
Eva. Peace, I pray you ; now let us understand : there is three umpires in this matter, as I understand; that is, Master Page ; fidelicet, Master Page; and there is myself; fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.
Page. We three to hear it, and end it between them.
Eva. Ferry goot; I will make a prief of it in my note book, and we will afterwards ork upon the cause with as great discreetly as we can.
Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, he hears with ear? why, it is affectations.
Fal. Pistol, did you pick Mr Slender's purse ?
Slen. Ay, by these gloves did he, (or I would I might never come in mine own great chamber again else), of seven groats in mill-lixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two thilling and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.
Fal. Is this true, Pistol?
and master mine,
Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.
Nym. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good humours : I will say marry trap with you, if you run the base
* The name of a spirit or familiar. Warton. Vol. III.
humour on me; that is the very note of it.
Slen. By this hat then, he in the red face had it; for tho' I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.
Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John* ?
Bard. Why, Sir, for my part, I say the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences.
Eva. It is his five senses : fy, what the ignorance is !
Bard. And being fap, Sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and so conclusions past the car-eirest.
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin, then too; but 'tis no matter; I'll ne'er be drunk whilft I live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.
Eva. So Got udg me, that is a virtuous mind.
Fal. You hear all these matters. denyd, gentleinen; you hear it.
Enter. Mistress Anne Page, with wine. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within.
[Exit Anne Page. Slen. O heav'n! this is Mistress Anne Page.
Enter Mistress Ford, and Mistress Page. Page. How now, Mistress Ford ?
Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth you are very well met : by your leave, good mistress.
[Kising her. Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner : come, gentlemen; I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
[Exeunt Fal. Page, &c. * The names of two of Robin Hood's companions.
Warburton. + I believe this strange word is nothing but the French cariere, and the expression means, that
the common bounds of good behaviour were overpassed. Johnson.