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lain : do not say, they be filed; Germans are honest
Enter Sir Hugh EVANS.
Eva. Where is mine host?
Eva. Have a care of your entertainments : there is a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there is three couzin germans, that has cozen'd all the hosts of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, of horses and money. I tell you for good-will, look you : you are wise, and full of gibes and vlouting-stogs ; and 'tis not convenient you should be cozen'd: Fare you
Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre ?
Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and doubt. ful dilemma.
Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat : But it is tell-a me, dat you make grand preparation for a duke de Jarmany : by my trot, dere is no duke, dat the court is know to come: I tell you for good vill : adieu. [Exit.
Host. Hue and cry, villain, go:-assist me, knight; I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, villain! I am undone !
[Exeunt Host and Bardolph. Fal. I would, all the world might be cozen'd; for I have been cozen'd, and beaten too. If it should come to the ear of the court, how I have been transform’d, and how my transformation hath been wash'd
and cudgeld, they would melt me out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fishermen's boots with me; I warrant, they would whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crest-fallen as a dried pear. I never prosper'd since I foreswore myself at Primero 96. Well, if my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I would repent.
Enter Mrs. QUICKLY. Now! whence come you
u ? Quick. From the two parties, forsooth.
Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam the other, and so they shall be both bestow'd! I have suffer'd more for their sakes, more, than the villainous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to bear.
Quick. And have not they suffer'd? Yes, I warrant; speciously one of them; mistress Ford, good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot see a white spot about her.
Fal. What tell'st thou me of black and blue? I · was beaten myself into all the colours of the rainbow; and ‘I was like to be apprehended for the witch of Brentford; but that my admirable dexterity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of an old woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable had set me i' the stocks, i' the common stocks, for a witch.
Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your chamber: you shall hear how things go; and I warrant, to your content. Here is a letter will say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado here is to bring you together! Sure,
one of you does not serve heaven well 97, that you are so cross'd.
Fal. Come up into my chamber. [Exeunt.
Another Room in the Garter Inn.
Enter Fenton and Host.
Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind is heavy, I will give over all. Fent. Yet hear me speak: Assist me in my pur
pose, And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss.
Host. I will hear you, master Fenton ; and I will, at the least, keep your counsel.
Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you
[Showing the letter. I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host : To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one,
Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen ;
mother? Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with me. And here it rests,—that you'll procure the vicar
To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one,
Host. Well, husband your device ; I'll to the vicar: Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest.
Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Besides, I'll make a present recompence. [Ereunt.