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Re-enter BARDOLPH, with Ford, disguised. | lowed for your many war-like, court-like, and learned Ford. Bless you, sir.

preparations. Fal. And you, sir. Would you speak with me? Fal. O, sir! Ford. I make bold to press with so little preparation Ford. Believe it, for you know it!- There is money; upon you.

spend it, spend it; spend more; spend all I have; only Pal. You're welcome: what's your will?— Give us give me so much of your time in exchange of it, as to lay leave, drawer!

[Exit Bardolph. an amiable siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife: use Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent much; your art of wooing, win her to consent to you ; ifany my name is Brook.

man may, you may as soon as any. Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaintance Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemence of your

affection, that I should win what you would enjoy? Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours : not to charge Metlinks, you prescribe to yourself very preposteyou; for I must let you understand, I think myself'in rously. better plight for a lender than you are: the which Ford. O, understand my drift ! she dwells so securely hath something embolden'd me to this unseason'd in- on the excellency of her honour, that the folly of my trusion; for they say, if money go before, all ways soul dares not present itself:sheis too bright to be look

led against. Now, could I come to her with any detecFal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. tion in my hand, my desires had instance and argument Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here trou- to commend themselves; I could drive her then from

if you will help me to bear it, sir John, take all, the ward of her purity, her reputation, her marriageor half, for easing me of the carriage.

vow, and a thousand other her defences, which now are Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be your too strongly embattled against me. What say you to't, porter,

sir Jorn ? Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the hea- Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with your ring.

money;next, give me your hand;and last, as I am a gentFal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad to be leman, you shall, if you will, enjoy Ford's wife. your servant.

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

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

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

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

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

knaveaud 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 !-- My Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. heart is ready to crack with impatience.- Who says,

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfaction at this is improvident jealousy? My wife hath sent to her hands?

him, the hour is fixed, the match is made. Would any Ford. Never.

man have thought this?--See the hell of having a false Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose? woman! my bed shall be abused, my cotlers ransackFord. Never.

led, my reputation gpawn at; and I shall not only Fal. Of what quality was your love then?

receive this villainous wrong, but stand under the adFord. Like a fair house, built upon another man's loption of abominable terms, and by him that does me ground; so that I have lost my edifice by mistaking the this wrong. Terms! names ! - Amaimon sounds well; place where I erected it.

Lucifer, well; Barbason, well; yet they are devils'adFal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to me? ditions, the names of fiends: but cuckold! wittol-cuFord, When I have told you that, I have told you all. ckold! the devil himself hath not such a name. Page Some say, that, though she appear honest to me, yct, in is an ass, a secure ass, he will ti'nst his wife, he will not other places, she enlargeth her mirth so far, that thereis be jealous : I will rather trust a Fleming with my butshrewd construction made of her. Now, sir John, here ter, parson Hugh the Welchman with my cheese, an is the heart of my purpose: You are a gentleman of ex- Irislınan with my aqna-vitae bottle, or a thief to walk cellent breeding, admirable discourse, of great admit- my ambling gelding, than my wife with herself: then tance, authentic in your place and person, generally al- (she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises: and

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what they think in their hearts, they may effect, they | Caius. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper-de-claw
will break their hearts, but they will effect. Heaven be me; for, by gar, me vill have it.
praised for my jealousy !-Eleven o'clock the hour; Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him wag.
I will prevent this, detect my wife, be revenged on Caius. Me tank you for dat.
Falstail, and laugh at Page. I will about it; better three Host. Aud moreover, bully, —but first, master guest,
hours too soon, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie ! and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, go you
cuckold ! cuckold ! cuckold !

[Exit. through the town to Frogmore. [-4 side to them.

Page. Sir Jugh is there, is he?
SCENE III.-Windsor Park.

Ilost. He is there: see what humour he is in; and I
Enter Caius and RUGBY.

will bring the doctor about by the fields:will it do well ? Caius. Jack Rugby!

Shal. We will do it,

Page. Shal. and Slen. Adieu, good master doctor. Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack?

[Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender. Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh promised Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest; for he speak for to meet.

a jack-an-ape to Anne Page. Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no come; Hlust. Let him die: but, first, sheath thy impatience; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no come; by gar, throw cold water on thy choler: go about the fields Jack Rugby, he is dead already, ifhe be come. with me through Frogmore; I will bring thee where Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew your worship would mistress Ame Pageis, at a farm-house a-feasting; and kill him, if he came.

thou shall woo her. Cry'd game, said I well ? Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill kill Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gai, I love him. Take your rapier, Jack ; I vill tell you, how I vill you; and I shall procure-a you de good guest, de earl, kill him.

de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, my patients. Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence.

Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary towards
Caius. Villainy, take your rapier.

Anne Page; said I well?
Rug. Forbear; here's company.

Caius. By gar, 'tis good; vell said.
Enter Ilost, SHALLOW, Slender, and Page. Host. Let us wag then.
Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor.

Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. [Lxeunt.
Shal. 'Save you, master doctor Cains.
Page. Now, good master doctor!

A C T III.
Slen. Give you good-morrow, sir.
l'uius. Vat be all you, one, two, tree, four, come for? SCENE 1.– A field near Frogmore.
Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see thee

Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE.
traverse, to see thee here, to see the there;to see thee Eva. I pray you now, good master Slender's serving-
pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse, thy distances, man, and friend Simple by your name, which way have
thy montant. Is he dead, ny Éthiopian? Is he dead, my you looked for master Caius, that calls himself Doctor
Francisco? ha, bully! What says my Aesculapius? my of Physic?
Galen? my heart of elder? ha! is he dead, bully Stale? Sim. Marry, sir, the city-ward, the park-ward, eve-
is he dead?

ry way; old Windsor way, and every way but the town
Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest of the vorld; way.
he is not show his face.

Eva. I most fehemently desire you, you will also look
Host. Thou art a Castilian king, Urinal! Hector of that way.
Grecce, my boy!

Sim. I will, sir.
Caius. I pray you, bear vitness, dat me have stay six Eva. 'Pless my soul! how full of cholers I am, and
or seven, two, tree hours for him, and he is no come. trempling of mind !- I shall be glad, if he have decei-

Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he is a cu- ved me: how melancholies I am! – I will knog his rer of souls, a:d you a curer of bodies; if you should urinals about his hnave's costard, when I have good hight, you go against the hair of your professions ; is opportunities for the 'ork :-— 'pless my soul! (Sings. it not true, master Page?

To shallow rivers, to whose falls
Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been a great Melodious birds sing madrigals;
fighter, though now a man of peace.

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

thongh we are justices, and doctors, and 'Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry.
churchmen, master Page, we have some salt of our Melodiousbirds sing madrigals ;-
youth in us; we are the sons of women, master When as I sut in Pabylon.-
Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow,

Page.

And a thousand vagram posies.
Shal. It will be found so, master Page. Master doctor To shallow-
Caius, I am come to fetch you home. I am sworn of the Sim. Yonder he is coming, this way,

sir Ilugh.
peace; you have showed yourself a wise physician, Eva. He's welcome :--
and sir Hugh hath shewn himself a wise and patient To shallow rivers, to whose falls---
churchman: you must go with me, master doctor. Heaven prosper the right ! - What weapons is he?
Host. Pardon, guest Justice! - A word, monsieur Sim. No weapons, sir: there comes my master, mas-

ter Shallow, and another gentleman from Frogmore, Caius. Muck-vater! vatis dat?

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

your arms.
then I have as much muck-vater as de

Enter Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER.
-Scurvy jack-dog priest! by gar, me Shal. How now, master parson? Good-morrow, good

sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from the dice, and a good Hest. He will clapper-claw thec tightly, bally.

student from his book, and it is wonderful.
Caius, Clapper-de-claw } vat is dat?

Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page !
Host. That is, he will make thee amends.

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Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of you ! knog our prains together, to be revenge on this same Shal. What? the sword and the word! do you study scall, scurvy, cogging companion, the host of the them both, master parson?

Garter, Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and hose, Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to bring this raw rheumatick day?

me vere is Anne Page: by gar, he deceive me too. Eva. There is reasons and causes for it.

Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles ! Page. We are come to you, to do a good office,master follow.

[Exeunt. parson.

SCENEII. - The street in Windsor. Eva, Fery well : what is it ?

Enter Mistress Pace, and Robin. Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, who, Mrs Page. Nay, keep your way, little gallant; you belike, having received wrong by some person, is at were wont to be a follower, bnt now you are a leader. most odds with his own gravity and patience, that ever Whether had you rather, lead mine eyes, or eye your you saw.

master's heels? Shal. I have lived fourscore years, and upwards; I Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before

you

like never heard a man of his place, gravity, and learning,so man, than follow him like a dwart, wide of his own respect.

Mrs Page. O you are a flattering boy; now, Eva. What is he?

you'll be a courtier, Page. I think you know him; master doctor Caius,

Enter FORD. the renowned French physician.

Ford. Well met, mistress Page: whither go you? Eva. Got's will, and his passion of my heart! I had MrsPage. Truly,sir,to see your wife. Is she at home? as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge. Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang together, for Page. Why?

want of company:I think, if your husbands were dead, Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hipocrates and you two would marry. Galen, -and he is a knave besides; a cowardly krave, Mrs Page. Be sure of that, two other husbands. as you would desires to be acquainted withal. Ford. Were had you this pretty weathercock? Page. I warrant you, he's the man should fight with Mrs Page. I cannot tell what the dickens his name is Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!

him. my husband had him of. What do you call your Shal. It appears so, by his weapons : – keep them knight's name, sirrah? asunder;-here comes doctor Caius.

Rob, Sir John Falstaff.
Enter Host, Caius, and Rugby.

Ford. Sir John Falstaff !
Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in your weapon. Mrs Page, He, he; I can never hit on's name. There
Shal. So do you, good master doctor.

is such a league between my good man and he!-- s Host. Disarm them, and let them question; let them your wife at home, indeed ? keep their limbs whole, and hack our English.

Ford. Indeed, sheis. Caius. I pray you, let-a me speak a vord vit your ear: Mrs Page. By your leave, sir; - I am sick, till I see verefore vill you not meet-a me?

her.

[Ereunt Mrs Page and Robin. Eva. Pray you, use your patience; in good time. Ford. Has Page any brains ? hath he any eyes? hath Caiús. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack dog, John heany thinking? Sure they sleep; he hath vo use of аре.

them. Why, this boy will carry a letter twenty miles, Eva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs to other as easy as a cannon will shoot point blanktwelvescore. men's humours; I desire you in friendship, and I will He pieces-out his wife's inclination ; he gives her folly one way or other make you amends :- I will knog your motion, and advantage : and now she's going to my urinals about your knave's cogscomb, for missing wife, and Falstafl's boy with her. A man may hear this your meetings and appointments.

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

him, then torture my wife, pluck the borrowed veil of Eva. As I am a Christians soul, now, look you, this modesty from the so seeming mistress Page, divulge is the place appointed; I'll be judgment by mine host Page himself for a secure and wilful Actaeon ; and to of the Garter,

these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall cry Host. Peace, I say, Guallia and Gaul, French and aim. (Clock strikes.] The clock gives me my cue, and Welch; soul-curer and body-curer.

my assurance bids me search; there I shall find FalCaius. Ay, dat is very good ! excellent!

staff : I shall be rather praised for this, than mocked; Host. Peace, I say; hear mine host of the Garter. forit is as positive as the earth is firm, that Falstaff is Am I politick ? am I subtle ? am I a Machiavel ? Shall there: I will go. I lose my doctor ? no; he gives me the potions, and Enter Page, SHALLOW, SLENDER, Host, Sir Hugu the motions. Shall I lose my parson? my priest? my

Evans, Caius, and Rugby. sir Hugh ? no; he gives me the proverbs, and the Shal. Page, etc. Well met, master Ford. no-verbs. Give me thy hand, terrestrial ; so ; Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good cheer at Give me thy hand, celestial; so. -- Boys of art, I home; and, I pray you, all go with me. have deceived you both; I have directed you to wrong Shal. I must excuse mysell, master Ford. places: your hearts are mighty, your skins are whole, Slen. And so must I, sir ; we have appointed to dine and let burnt sack be the issue. Come, lay their with mistress Anne, and I would not break with her for swords to pawn!- Follow me, lad of peace; follow, more money than I'll speak of. follow, follow!

Shal. We have lingered about a match between Shal. Trust me, a mad host!- Follow, gentleman, Anne Page and my cousin Siender, and this day we follow!

shall have our answer. Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!

Slen. I hope, I have your good will, father Page? (Exeunt Shallow, Slender, Page, and Host. Page. You have, master Slender; I stand wholly for Caius. Ha! do I perceive dat? have you make-a de you :-— but my wife, master doctor, is for you altosot of us? ha, ha!

gether. Eya. This is well; he has made us his vlouting-stog. Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a me: my

I desire you, that we may be friends, and let us nursh-a Quickly tell me so much.

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Host. What say you to young master Fenton? he ca- | Why, now let me die, for I have lived long enough; pers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes ver- this is the period of my ambition: O this blessed hour! ses, he speaks holyday, he smells April and May: he Mrs Ford. O sweet sir John ! will carry't, he will carry't; 'tis in his buttons ; he will Fal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot prate, miscarry't.

tress Ford. Now shall I sin in my wish: I would thy Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The gen- husband were dead; I'll speak it before the best lord, tleman is of no having: he kept company with the wild I would make thee my lady. Prince and Poins; he is of too high a region, he knows Dirs Ford. I your lady, sir John! alas, I should be a too much. No, he shall not knit a knot in his fortunes pityfullady! with the finger of my substance : if he take her, let him Fal. Let the court of France show me such another; take her simply; the wealth I have waits on my con- I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond: thou sent, and my consent goes not that way.

hast the right arched bent of the brow, that becomes Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go home the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, or any tire of Venetian with me to dinner; besides your cheer, you shall have adınittance. sport; I will show you a monster. Master doctor, Mrs Ford. A plain kerchief, sir John: my brows beyou shall go ;—so shall you, master Page ; – and you, come nothing else; nor that well neither. sir Hugh.

Fal. Thou art a traitor to say so : thou wonld'st make Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have the freer an absolute courtier; and the firm fixture of thy foot wooing at master Page's.

would give an excellent motion to thy gait, in a semi{Exeunt Shallow and Slender. circled farthingale. I see what thou wert, if fortune Caius. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon. thy foe were not; nature is thy friend: come, thou

{Exit Rugby. canst not hide it. Host. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my honest knight Mrs Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing in me! Falstaff, and drink canary with him. [Exit Host. Fal. What made me love thee? let that persuade

Ford. [ Aside.] I think, I shall drink in pipe-wine first thee, there's something extraordinary in thee! Come, with him ; I'll make him dance.-Will you go,gentles? I cannot cog, and say, thou art this and that, like a All. Have with you, to see this monster. [Exeunt. many of these lisping hawthorn buds, that come like

women in men's apparel, and smell like Bucklersbury SCENEJII. Aroom in Ford's house. in simple time; I cannot: but I love thee; none but Enter Mrs Fond and Mrs Page.

thee; and thon deservestit. Mrs Ford. What, John! what, Robert !

Mrs Ford. Do not betray me, sir! I fear, you love
Mrs Page. Quickly, quickly! Is the buck-basket

Mrs Page.
Mrs Ford. I warrant: - what, Robin, I say, Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk by the
Enter Servants with a basket.

Counter-gate; which is as hateful to me as the reek of
Mrs Page. Come, come, come!

a lime-kiln. Mrs Ford. Here, set it down!

Mrs Ford. Well, heaven knows, how I love you; and Mrs Page. Give your men the charge; we must be you shall one day find it. brief.

Fal. Keep in that mind; I'll deserve it.
Mrs Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John, and Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; or else I
Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew-house; and could not be in that mind.
when I suddenly call you, come forth, and (without any Rob. (Within.] Mistress Ford, mistress Ford! here's
pause or staggering,) take this basket on your should- mistress Page at the door, sweating, and blowing, and
ers: that done, trudge with it in all haste, and carry looking wildly, and would needs speak with you pre-

among the whitsters in Datchet Mead, and there sently.
empty it in the muddy ditch, close by the Thames' Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconce me behind
Mrs Page. You will do it?

side. the arras.
Mrs Ford. I have told them over and over; they lack Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so; she's a very tattling wo-
no direction: be gone, and come when you are called. man. —

(Falstaff hides himself. [Exeunt Servants.

Enter Mistress Page and ROBIN.
Mrs Page. Here comes little Robin.

What's the matter ? how now?
Enter Robix.
Mrs Page. O mistress Ford, what have

you

done? Mrs Ford. How now, my eyas-musket? what news You’re shamed, you are overthrown, you are undone

for ever! Rob. My master sir John is come in at your back-door, Mrs Ford. What's the matter, good mistress Page? mistress Ford, and requests your company.

Irs Page. O well-a-day, mistress Ford! having an Mrs Page. You little Jack-a-lent, have you been honest man to your husband, to give him such cause of true to us?

suspicion !
Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn : my master knows not of your Mrs Ford. What cause of suspicion ?
being here; and hath threatened to put me into ever Mrs Page. What cause of suspicion ! -
lasting liberty, if I tell you of it; for, he swears, he'll you! how am I mistook in you!

Mrs Ford. Why, alas! what's the matter?
Mrs Page. Thou’rt a good boy; this secrecy of thine Mirs Page. Your husband's coming hither, woman,
shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make thee a new with all the officers in Windsor, to search for a gen-
doublet and hose. — I'll go hide me.

tleman, that, he says, is here now in the house, by your
Mrs Ford. Do so!-Go, tell thy master, I am alone!-consent, to take au ill advantage of his absence. You
Mistress Page, remember you your cue! (Exit Robin. are undone.
Mrs Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it, hiss me! Mis Ford. Speak louder! [Aside.] — 'Tis not so, I

(Exit Mrs Page. hope.
Mrs Pord. Go to then! we'll use this unwholesome Mrs Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that you have
humidity, this gross watry pumpion ; we'll teach such a man here! but 'tis most certain, your husband's
him to know turtles from jays.

coming with half Windsor at his heels, to search for Enter FALSTAFF.

such a one. I come before to tell you; if you know Fal. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel?l yourself clear, why I am glad of it: but if you have a

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friend here, convey, convey him oat! Benot amazed; Mrs Ford. Shall we send that foolish carrion, miscall all your senses to yon ; defend your reputation, tress Quickly, to him, and excuse his throwing into the or bid farewell to your good life forever!

water; and give him another hope, to betray him to Mrs Ford. What shallI do? -- There is a gentleman, another punishment? my dear friend; and I fear not mine owu shame, so Mrs Page. We'll do it; let him be sent for to-mormuch as his peril: I had rather than a thousand pound, roweight o'clock, to have amends. he were out of the house.

Re-enter Fono, Page, Caws, and Sir Hugh Evaks. Mrs Page. For shame, never stand you had rather, Ford. I cannot find him: may be the knave bragged and you had rather; your husband's here at hand, be- of that, he could not compass. think you of some conveyance: in the house you can Mrs Page. Heard you that? not hide him.-0, huw have you deceived me!--Look, Mrs Ford. Ay, ay, peace! – You ase me well, mashere is a basket; if he be of any reasonable stature, he ter Ford, do you? may creep in here; and throw foullinen upon him, as Ford. Ay, I do so. if it were going to bucking: or, it is whiting-time, Mrs Ford. Heaven make you better than your send him by your two men to Datchet Mead.

thoughts ! Mrs. Ford. He's too big to go in there: what shall Ford. Amen. I do?

Mrs Puge. You do yourself mighty wrong, master
Re-enter FALSTAFF.

Ford.
Fal. Let me see't, let me see't! O let me see't! I'llin, Ford. Ay, ay; I must bear it.
I'll in ; -- follow your friend's counsel;--I'll in. Era. Ifthere be any pody in the house, and in the

Mrs Page. What! sir John Falstaff! Are these your chambers, and in the collers, and in the presses,
letters, knight?

heaven forgive my sins at the day of judgment ! Fal. I love thee, and none but thee; help me away! Caius, By gar, nor I too; dere is no bodies. let me creep in here! I'll never —

Page. Fie, fie, master Ford! are you not ashamed ? (He goes into the basket; they cover him with What spirit, what devil suggests this imagination ? foul linen,

I would not have your distemper in this kind, for the Mrs Page. Help to cover your master, boy! Call your wealth of Windsor Castle. men, mistress Ford!

You dissembling knight! Ford. "Tis may fault, master Page: I suffer for it Mrs Ford. What, John, Robert, Juhn? [Exit Robin. Eva. You swter for a pad conscience; your wife is as Re-enter Servants.

honest a 'omans, as I will desires among five thousand, Go take up these clothes here, quickly! where's the and five hundred too. cowl-statl? look, how you drumble : carry them to Caius. By gar, I see'tis an honest woman. the laxudress in Datchet Mead; quickly, come! Ford. Well; - I promised you a dinner ;

Enter Ford, Page, Caius, and Sir Hugh Evans. come, walk in the park: I pray you, pardon me; I will Ford. Pray you, come near; if I suspect without hereafter make known to you, why I have done this. cause, why then make sport at me, then let me be your Come, wife;--come, mistress Page; I pray you, parjest: I deserve it. — How now? whither bear you this ? dou me; pray heartily, pardon me!

Sha Serv. Tothelaundress, forsooth. Page. Let's goin, gentlemen ; but, trust me, we'll

nod Nirs Ford. Why, what have you to do whither they mock him. I do invite you to-morrow morning to my bear it? You were best meddle with buck-washing. house to breakfast; after, we'll a-birding together; Ford. Buck? I would I could wash myself of the buck! I have a fine hawk forthe bush: shall it be so? Buck, l;uck, buck? Ay, buck; I warrant you, buck;} Ford. Any thing, and of the season too; it shall appear.-- Exeunt Ser- Eva. If there is one, I shall make two in the company, rants with the basket.] Gentlemen, I have dreamed Caius. If there be one or two, I shall make-a de turd. 10-night; I'll tell you my dream. Here, here, here be Eva. In your teeth: for shame. my keys: ascend my chambers, search, seek, find out: Ford. Pray you go, master Page! I'll warrant we'llunkennelthe fox ! - Let me stop this Eva. I pray you uow, remembrance to-morrow on the way first! - So, now uncape.

lousy knave, mine host ! Page. Good master Ford, be contented: you wrong Caius. Dat is good; by gar, vit all my heart. yourself too much.

Eva. A lousy kuave; to have his gibes, and his mockFord. True, master Page.-Up, gentlemen ; yon shall eries. see sport anon: follow me, gentlemen! (Exit. Eva. This is fery fantasticalhumours, and jealousies. SCENE IV.- Aroom in Page's house. Caius. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France : it is not Enter Fexton and Mistress Åsne Page. jealous in France.

Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love; Page. Nay, follow him, gentlemen ; see the issue of Therefore, no more turn me to him, sweet Nan. his scarch! (Exeunt Evans, Page, and Caius. Anne. Alas ! how then? Mrs Page. Is there not a double excellency in this? Fent. Why, thou must be thyself. Mrs Ford. I know not which pleases me better, that He doth object, I am too great of birth; my husband is deceived, or sir John.

And that, my state being gall'd with my expense, Mrs Page. What a taking was he in, when your hus- I seek to heal it only by his wealth: band asked who was in the basket!

Besides these, other bars he lays before me, Mrs Ford. I am half afraid he will have need of wash- My riots past, my wild societies ; ing; so throwing him into the water will do him a And tells me, 'tis a thing impossible benefit.

I should love thee, but as a property. Mrs Page, Hang him, dishonest rascal! I would all Anne. May be, he tells you true. of the same strain were in the same distress.

Fent. No, heaven so speed me in my time to com Mrs Ford. I think, my husband hath some special Albeit, I will confess, thy father's wealth suspicion of Falstaff's being here; for I never saw him was the first motive that I woo'd thee, Aune; oss in his jealousy till now.

Yet, woving thee, I found thee of more value Nirs Page. I will lay a plot to try that: and we will yet Than stamps in gold, or sumsin sealed bags ; have more tricks with Falstaff : his dissolute disease and 'tis the very riches of thyself will scarce obey this medicine.

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