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(tu Rob.), bear you these let-toys: Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet ters
uni boitier verd; a box, a green-a box; Do inSail like my pinnace to these golden shores.- tend vat I speak ? a green-a box. Rogues, hence avaunti vanish like hailstones, Quick. Ay, forsooth, l'll fetch it you. I am go;
glad he went not in himself; if he had found the Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, young man, he would have been horn-mad. pack 1
[ Aside. Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. French thrift, you rogues; myself,
and skirted Je m'en vais a la Cour,-la grande affaire. page, [Ereunt Falstaff and Robin Quick. Is it this, sir ? Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd and Caius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket ; Defullam holds,
peche, quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby 1 And high and low, beguile the rich and poor : Quick. What, John Rugby! John ! Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt Jack, Rug. Here, sir. Base Phrygian Turk!
Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Nym. I have operations in my head, which be Ragby ; Come, take-a your rapier, and come humours of revenge.
after my heel to de court. Pist. Wilt thou revenge 7.
Rug. "ris ready, sir, here in the porch. Nym. By welkin, and her star !
Caius. By my trot,'I tarry too long :-Od Pist. With wit, or steel?
me ! Qu'ay.j'oublie? dere is some simples in Nym. With both the humours, 1:
my closet, dat I vill not for the varld I shall I will discnss the humour of this love to Page. leave behind Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold,
Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, How Falstaff, varlet vile,
and be mad. His cove will prove, his gold will hold, Caius. O diable, diable ! vat is in my closet ? And his soft couch defile.
Villany? larron! [Puling Simple out.] Rag. Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will in- by, my rapier. cense Page to deal with poison; I will possess Quick. Good master, be content. him with yellowness, for the revolt of mien is Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a? dangerous: that is my true humour.
Quick. The young man is an honest man. Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents; 1 se
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my clocond thee; troop on.
[Ereunt. set ? dere is no honest man dat shall come in SCENE IV. A Room in Dr. Caius' House. my closet.
Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatick ; Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and Rugby. hear the truth of it: He came of an errand to Quick. What'; John Rugby !-1 pray thee, go me from parson Hugh. to the casement, and see if you can see my, mas
Caius. Vell. ter, master Dr. Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to and find any body in the house, here will be an Quick. Peace, I pray you: old abusing of God's patience, and the king's Caius. Peace-a your tongue: Speak-a your tale. English.
Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your Rug. I'll go watch.
[Exit Rugby. maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Quick. Go, and we'll have a posset fort soon Page for my master, in the way of marriage. at night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal Quick. This is all, indeed, la ; but I'll ne'er fire. An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever put my finger in the fire, and need not. servant shall come in house withal; and, I war- Caius. Sir Hugh send a you?- Rugby, baillez rant you, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate : his me some paper :- Tarry you a little-a while worst farit is, that he is given to prayer; he is
(Writes. something peevish that way: but nobody but Quick. I am glad he is so quiet : if he had been has his fauli ;-but let that pass. Peter Simple, thoroughly moved, you should have heard him you say, your name is?
so loud, and so melancholy ;-But notwithstandSim. Ay, for fault of a better.
ing, man, I'll do your master what good I can: Quick. And master Slender's your master ? and the very yea and the no is, the French Sim. Ay, forsooth.
Doctor, my master, may call him my master, Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, look yon, for I keep his house ; and I wash like a glover's paring knife ?
wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat, and drink, Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, make the beds, and do all myself ;with a little yellow beard; a Cain-coloured beard. Sim. "Tis a great charge, to come under one Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not ? body's hand.
Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as lall a man of Quick. Are you advis'd o' that? you shall find his hands, as any is between this and his head : it a great charge: and to be up early, and down he hath fought with a warrener.
late;-but notwithstanding to tell you in your Quick. How say you?-0, I should remember ear; I would have no words of it ;) my master him Does he not hold up his head, as it were ? himself is in love with mistress Anne Page : but and strut in his gait ?
notwithstanding that, I know Avne's mind, Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
that's neither here nor there. Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Pige no worse Caius. You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to Sir fortune! Ten master parson Evans, I will do Hugh, by gar, it is a shallenge : 1 vill cnt his what I can for your master : Anne is a good girl, troat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jackand I wish
a-nape priest to meddle or make :-you may be Re-enter Rugby.
gone; it is not good you tarry here :-by gar, 1 Rug. Ont, alas ! here comes my master.
vill cut all his two stones; by gar, he shall not Quick. We shall all be shent Run in here, have a stone to trow at his dog. (Exit Simple. Simple in the closet. He will not stay long-tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? good young man; go into this closet. (Shuts Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.
Caius. It is no matter-a for dat :-do not you What, John Rugby! John, what, John, 1 say! Go, Johus go inquire for any master; I doubt,1-59 gar, ! vill kill de Jack priest; and I have apbe be not well, that he comes not home :-and pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measnre our doron, down, adown-a, &c. (Sings. weapon by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page.
Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall Enter Doctor Caius.
be well: we must give folks leave to prate : Caius Vat is you sing? I do not like dese! What, the good-jer !
my Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me ;-By manner assay me ? Why, he hath not been thrice gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your in my company I-What should I say to him? head out of my door :-Follow my heels, Rugby: 1- I was then frugal of my mirth :-heaven for: [Ereunt Caius and Rugby. give me - Why,
I'll exhibit a bill in the parliaQuick. You shall have An fools-head of your ment for the putting down of fat men. How own. No, I know Anne's mind for that: never shall I be rerenged on him ? for revenged I will a woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings. mind than I do; nor can do more than I do witn her, I thank heaven.
Enter Mistress t'ord. Fent. Within. / Who's within there, ho ?
Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was Quick. Who's there, I trow ? Come near the going to your house. house, I pray you.
Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to
You look very ill.
Mrs Ford. Nay, Pil ne'er believe that; I have
Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress show you to the contrary : U, mistress Page, Anne?
give me some counsel ! Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and ho- Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? nest, and gentle; and one that is your friend, 1 Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not for one can tell you thai by the way; I praise heaven trifling respect, I could come to such honour ! for i:
Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? honour : What is it -ispense with tridles ;Shall I not lose my suit ?
what is it? Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above: Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for all but notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be eternal moment, or so, I could be knighted. sworn on a book, she loves you :-Have not Mrs. Page. What ?-thou liest Sir Alice your worship a wart above your eye? Ford !These knights will hack; and so thou
Fent. Yes, marry, have 1; what of that? should'st not alter the article of thy geutry. Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith, Mrs. Ford. We burn day.light, here, read, it is such another Nan:-but, I detest, an honest read ;-perceive how I might be knighted.said as ever bruke bread :-We had an hour's shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I talk of thai wart;-1 shall never laugh but in have an eye to make difference of men's liking that maid's company! But, indeed, she is given And yet he would not swear praised women's too much to allicholly and musing : But for you modesty : and gave such orderly and well be -Well, go to.
haved reproof to all unconeliness, that I would Fent. 'Well, I shall see her to-day: Hold, have sworn his disposition would bave gone to there's money for thee; let me have thy voice the truth of his words: but they do no more in my behalf: if thou seest her before me, com-adhere and keep place together, than the hun-, mend me
dredth psalm to the tune of Green sleeves. Quick. Will I? i' faith, that we will: and I will What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so tell your worship more of the wart, the next many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor? time we have confidence: and of other wooers. How shall I be revenged on him? I think, the Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now. best way were to entertain him with hope, till
[Erit. the wicked fire of lust have melted him in his Quick. Farewell to your worship:-Truly, an own grease.- Did you ever hear the like? honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for Mrs. Page. Letter for letter, but that the name I know Anne's mind as well as another does : of Page and Ford differs - To thy great comfort Out upon't! what have I forgot ? [Erit. in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin
brother of thy letter : but let thine inherit first
for, I protest, mine never shall. I warrant he ACT II.
hath a thcusand of these letters, writ with blank SCENE I. Before Page's House. space for different pames, (sure more,) and these Enter Mistress Page, with a letter.
are of the second edition : He will print them
out of doubt : for he cares not what he puts into Mrs. Dage. What! have l’scaped love-letters the press, when he would puts us two had In the holy-day time of my beauty, and ain 1 rather be a giantess, and lie under mount Penow a subject for them ? Let me see? [Reads. lion. Well, I will find you twenty lascivious
Ask me no reason why I love you; for though inrtles, ere one chaste man. love use reason for his precisian, he admits Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the him not for his counsellor; You are not young, very hand, the very words: What doth he think no more am 1; go to then, there's sympathy; of us? you are merry, 80 cm l; Ha! ha! then there's Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: It makes me more sympathy; you love sack, and so do I; almost ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. would you desire beiter sympathy? Let it suf- fi'll entertain myself like one that I am not acfice thee, mistress Page (at the least, if the love quainted withal; for, sure, unless he know some of a soldier can suffice,) that I love thee. 7 strain in me, that I know not myself, he would will not say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like never have boarded me in this fury. phrase ; bui 1 say, love me. By me,
Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure A Thine own true knight,
to keep him above deck By day or night,
Mrs. Page. So will ]; if he come under my, Or any kind of light,
hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reWith all his might
venged on him ; let's appoint him a meeting For thee to fight,
give him a show of comfort in his suit; and lead
John Falstaft: on with a fine-baited delay, till he hath pawn'd What a Herod of Jewry is this wicked, his horses to mine Host of the Garter. wicked world !--one thai is well nigh worn to Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any pieces with age, to show himself a young gal- villany against him, that may not sully the lant! What an unweighed behaviour hath this chariness of our honesty. O, that my husband Flemish drunkard picked (with the devil's name) saw this letter! it would give eternal food to his out of my conversation, that he dares in this jealousy.
Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes ; and Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as Page. Hang'em, slaves! I do not think the I am from giving him cause; and that, I hope, knight would offer it: but these that accuse him is an unmeasurable distance.
in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. his discarded men; very rogues, now they be Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this out of service. greasy knight : Come hither. [They retire. Ford. Were they his men ? Enter Ford, Pistol, Page, and Nym.
Page. Marry, were they.
Ford. I like it never the better for that. Does Ford. Well, I hope it be not so.
he lie at the Garter? Pist. Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs : Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should inSir John atlects thy wife.
tend this voyage towards my wife, I would turn Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. her loose to him; and what he gets more of her Pist. Ile woos both high and low, both rich than sharp words, let it lie on my head.
Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife ; but I would Both young and old,one with one another, Ford: be loath to turn them together: a man may be He loves thie gally-mawfry; Ford, perpend. too confident: I would have nothing lie on my, Ford. Love my wife ?
head; I cannot be thus satisfied. Pist. With liver burning hot : Prevent, or go Page. Look, where my ranting host of the thou,
Garter comes there is either liquor in his pate, 1.ike Sir Aetæon he,with Ring-wood at thy heels: or noney in his purse, when he looks so iner 0, odious is the name!
rily.-How now, inine host ? Ford. What name, sir? Pist. The hornt, I say : Farewell.
Enter Host and Shallow. Take heed ; have open eye; for thieves do foot Host. How now, bully-look ? thou'rt a gentleby night:
man: cavalero-justice, 1 say. Take heed, ere stünmer comes, or cuckoo birds Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.-Good do sing.
even, and twenty, good master Page! Master Away, Sir comporal Nym
Page, will you go with us? we have sport in Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. Erit Pist. hand. Pord. I will be patient; I will find out this. Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, Nym. And this is true. (To Page. I like not bully-rook. the humour of lying. He hath wronged me in Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought between sonne humours; I should have borne the hu- Sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French moured letter to her: but I have a sword, and doctor. it shall bite upon my necessity. He loves your Ford. Good mine host o' the Garter, a word wife; there's the short and the long. My name with yout. is corporal Nym; speak, and I avouch. 'Tis Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook ? kruie - my name is Nym, and Falstaff loves your
(They go aside. wife.Adieu ! I love not the humour of bread Shal. Will yon (to go with iis to behold and eheese ; and there's the humour of it. Adien. it? my merry host hath had the measuring of
(Exit Nym. their weapons; and, I think he hath appointed Page. The humour of it, quoth'al here's a them contrary places : for, believe me, I hear fellow frights humour ont of his wits.
the parson is no jester. Hark, I will tell you Ford. I will seek out Falstaft.
whai oor sport shall be. Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, regue.
my guest cavalier ? Ford. If I do ind it, well.
Ford. None, i protest ; but I'll give yon a Page. I will not believe such a Catalan, though pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, the priest of the town commended him for a true and tell him, my name is Brook; only for a jest.
Host. My hand, bally: thou shalt have egress Ford. "Twas a good sensible fellow : Well. and regress; said I well ? and thy name shall Page. How now, Meg?
be Brook; It is a merry knight.-Will you go, Mrs. Page Whither go you, George? Hark Cavaliers ? yon.
Shal. Have with you, mine host. Mre. Ford. How now, sweet Frank 7 why art Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good thou melancholy?
skill in his rapier. Ford. melancholy ! I am not melancholy:- Shal Tnt, sir, I could have told you more: Get you home, go.
In these times you stand on distance, your passes, Mrs. Pord. 'Paith, thou hast some crotchets in stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'lis the heart, thy head now.-Will you go, Mistress Page ? master Page: 'tis bere, 'tis here. I have seen Mrs. Page. Have with you.-Yon'll come to the time, with my long sworl, I would have dinner, George ?-1ook, who comes yonder: she made you four tal fellows skip like rats. shall be pur meskeliger to this paltry knight. Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag?
(Aside to Mrs. Ford. Page. Have with you :- had rather hear Enter Mistress Quickly.
them scold than fight.
[Exeunt Host, Shal. and Page. Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll Ford. Though Puge be a secure fool, and fit it.
stands so firmly on his wife's trailty, yet I ca: Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter not put off my opinion so easily she was in Anne ?
his company at Page's house; and, what they Quick. Ay, forsooth; And, I pray, how does made there, I know not. Well, I will look for good mistress Anne?
ther into't: and I have a disguise to sound Fals Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see ; we have staff: Je find her honest, I lose not my labour; an hour's talk with you.
if she be otherwise, 'tis labour well bestowed. (Ereunt Mrs. Page, Mre. Ford, and
[Exit. Mrs. Inickly Page. How now, Master Ford ?
SCENE 11. A Room in the Garter Inn. Ford. You heard what this knave told me;
Enter Falstaff and Pistol. did yout not? Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told Fal. I will not lend thee a penny,
Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.
they could never get her so much as sip on a I will retort the sum in equipage.
cup with the proudest of them all: and yet there Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, has been earls, nay, which is more, pensioners; you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have but, I warrant you, all is one with her. grated upon my good friends for three reprieves Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my for you and your coach-fellow Nym; or else good she Mercary. you had looked through the grate like a geininy Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter ; of baboons. I am damned in hell, for swearing for the which she thanks yon a thousand times: to gentlemen my friends, you were good soldiers, and she gives you to notify, that her husband and tall fellows: and when mistress Bridget lost will be absence from his house between ten and the handle of her fan, I took't upon mine honour, eleven. thou hadst it not.
Fal. Ten and eleven? Pist. Didst thou not share ? hadst thou not Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come fifteen pence?
and see the picture, she says, thai you wot of ; Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason: Think'st master Ford, her husband, will be from home. thou, I'll endanger my soul gratis ? At a word, Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with hang no more about me, I am no gibbet for you: him; he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very -go. -A short knife and a throng ;-to your ma frampold life with him, good heart. nor of Pickthateh, go.-You'll not bear a letter Fal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me for me you rogue ! you stand upon your honour! to her; I will not fail her. -Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much Quick. Why, you say well : But I have anoas I can do to keep the terms of my honour ther messenger to your worship: Mrs. Page hath precise. I, I, I myself sometimes, leaving the her hearty commendations to you too ;-and let fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil honcur in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to modest wife, and one (1 tell you that will not hedge, and to lurch; and yet, you, rogue, will miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, is in Windsor, whoe'cr be the other: and she your red-lattice phrases, and your bold-beating bade me tell your worship, that her husband is oaths, under the shelter of your honour! You seldom from home; but she hopes, there will will not do it, you !
come a time. I never knew a woman so dote Pist. I do relent; what would'st thou more of upon a man; surely, I think you have charms, man?
la ; yes, in truth. Enter Robin.
Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attractions
of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with Quick. Blessings on your heart fort! you.
Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Fal. Let her approach.
wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other Enter Mistress Quickly.
how they love me?
Quick. That were a jest, indeed they have Quick. Give your
ship od-morrow. not so little grace, I hope :--that were & trick Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.
indeed! But Mistress Page would desire you to Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. send her your little page of all loves; her husFal. Good maid, then.
band has a marvellous infection to the little Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the page ; and, truly, master Page is an honest man. first hour I was born.
Never a wife in Windsor leads a better life than Fal. I do believe the swearer : What with me? she does; do what she will, say what she will, Quick. Shall 1 vouchsafe your worship a word take all, pay all, go to bed when she list, rise or two?
when she list, all is as she will; and, truly, she Fat Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll deserves it: for if there be a kind woman in vouchsafe thee the hearing:
Windsor, she is one. You must send her your Quick. There is one Mistress Ford, sir ;- page; no remedy: pray, come a little nearer this ways;-I myself | Fal. Why, I will. dwell with master doctor Caius.
Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, Fal. Well, on : Mistress Ford, you say,
- he may come and go between you both; and, Quick. Your worship says very true: I pray in any case, have a nay word, that you may your worship, come a little nearer this ways. know one another's mind, and the boy never Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears:-mine own need to understand any thing; for 'tis not good people, mine own people.
that children should know any wickedness: old Quick. Are they so 1 Heaven bless them, and folks, you know, have discretion, as they say, make them his servants !
and know the world. Fal. Well: mistress Ford :- What of her ? Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them Quick. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, both : there's my parse; I am yet thy deblor. lord! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven Boy, go along with this woman. This news forgive you, and all of us, I pray!
distracts me! (Exeunt Quickly and Robin. Fal. Mistress Ford :-come, mistress Ford,-- Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :
Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights; of it: you have brought her into such a canaries Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them as 'tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all!
[Erit Pistol all, when the court lay at Windsor, could never Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack ? go thy ways, have brought her to such a canary, Yet there I'll make more of thy old body than I have has been knights, and lords, and gentlemen, done. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, with their coaches; I warrant you, coach after after the expense of so much money, be now a coach, letter after letter, gift after gift ; smelling gainer? Good body, I thank thee : Let them say, So sweetly (all musk); and so rushling, I warrant'tis grossly done; so it be fairly dane, no matter you, in silk and gold; and in such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best,
Enter Bardolph and the faireet, that would have won any wo- Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below man's heart and, I warrant you, they could would fain speak with you, and be acquainted never get an eye-wink of her. I had myself with you: and hath sent your worship á morntwenty angels given me this morning : but I ing's draught of sack. defy all angels, (in any such sort, as they say.) Fal. Brook is his name? out in the way of honesty ;-and, I warrant you, Bard. Ay, sir.
Fal. Call him in: (Exit Bardolph. Such nest 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 ahl mistress Ford and mistress vion made of her. Now, Sir John, here is the Page, have 1 encompass'd you ? go to; via I heart of my purpose ? You are a gentleman of Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguised.
excellent breeding, admirable discoarse, of great
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? conrllike, and learned preparations.
Ford. I maké 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 leave, drawer. (Erit 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 gnaintance of you.
may, you may as soon as any. Ford. Good Sir John, 1 me for yours: not to Fal.'Would it apply well to the vehemency charge you; for must let you understand, 1 of your affection, that should win what you think mysell in better plight for a lender than would enjoy ? Methinks you prescribe to youryou are the which hath something embolden'd self very preposterously. me to this unseason'd intrusion; for they say, if Ford. 6, 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 hall, for easing me of the car. my desires had instance and argument to 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 maryour 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 yon 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, I hear you are a scholer, I 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 wife. 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 you, Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you shall wherein I must very much lay open mine own want none. Imperfection : ut. good Sir John, as yon bave 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-bewith 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 Furd. There is a gentlewoman in this town, be 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, rnd, 1 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 not :-yet I wrong him to call him to meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, that poor ; they say, the jealous wittolly kpave hath could but niggardly give me sight of her ; not masses of money; for the which his wife seeme only bought many presents to give her, but have to me well-favoured, I will
nse 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 I 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 shador flies, when substance lope and thou shalt lie with his wife. Come to me
shalt know, I will predominate o'er the pensant, Rursues ; Pursuing that that flies, and Nying what pur-roon at night
:-Ford's a knave, and I will ag: gravate his style : thon, master Brook, shalt
know him for a kngve and cuckold :-come to Hal. Have you received no promise of satis- me soon at night.
(Erit. faction at her hands 7
Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is Ford. Never.
this !-My heart is ready to crack with impa Fal. Have you importuned her to much a pur- tience. --Who says this is improvident jealousy,
-My wife hath sent to him, the hour is fixed, Ford. Never.
the match is made. Would any man hava Fal. Uf what qnality was your love then? thought this ?–See the hell of having a falsa 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 abon.inable terms, and to me?
by him that does me this wrong. Terms ! names ! Ford. When I have told you that, I have told Amaimon sounds well ; Lucifer, well; Bar TAH #l. Some say, that though she appear ho-l bason, well ; yet they are devil's additions, tha