Page images
PDF
EPUB

my house to breakfast; after, we'll a birding toge. ther; I have a fine hawk for the bush: shall it be so?

Ford. Any thing.

Eva. If there is one, I shall make two in the compapy.

Caius. If there be one or two, I shall make-a de turd.

Eva. In your teeth : for shame.
Ford. Pray you go, master Page.

Eva. I pray you now, remembrance to-morrow on the lousy knave, mine host.

Caius. Dat is good; by gar, vit all my heart.

Eva. A lousy kuave; to have his gibes and his mockeries!

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV.

A room in Page's house.

Enter Fenton, and Mistress Anne Page.
Fent. I see, I cannot get thy father's love;
Therefore, no more turn me to him, sweet Nan.

Anne. Alas! how then?
Fent.

Why, thou must be thyself.
He doth object, I am too great of birth;
And that, my state being gall'd with my expence,
I seek to heal it only by his wealth:
Besides these, other bars he lays before me,
My riots past, my wild societies;
And tells me, 'tis a thing impossible
I should love thee, but as a property.

Anne. May be, he tells you true.

Fent. No, beaven so speed me in my time to come! Albeit, I will confess, thy father's wealth Was the first motive that I woo'd thee, Anne: Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more valne Than stamps in gold, or sums in sealed bags;

And 'tis the very riches of thyself.
That now I aim at.
Anne.

Gentle master Fenton,
Yet seek my father's love: still seek it, sir :
If opportunity and humble suit
Cannot attain it, why then-Hark you hither.

[They converse apart.

Enter Shallow, Slender, and Mrs. Quickly. Shal. Break their talk, mistress Quickly; my kinsman shall speak for himself.

Slen. I'll make a shaft or a bolt on't*: slid, 'tis but venturing

Shul. Be not dismay'd.

Slen. No, she shall not dismay me: I care not for that, but that I am afeard.

Quick. Hark ye; master Slender would speak a word with you.

Anne. I come to him. This is my father's choice O, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!

[Aside. Quick. And how does good master Fenton? Pray you, a word with you.

Shal. She's coming; to her, coz. O boy, thou hadst a father!

Slen. I had a father, mistress Anne;-my uncle can tell you good jests of him :Pray you, uncle, tell mistress Anne the jest, how my father stole two geese out of a pen, good uncle.

Shal. Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you.

Slen. Ay, that I do; as well as I love any woman in Glocestershire.

Shal. He will maintain you like a gentlewoman,

Slen. Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tailt, under the degree of a squire.

• A proverb-a shaft was a long arrow, and a bolt a thick short one.

+ Come poor or rich.

Shal. He will make you a bundred and fifty pounds jointure.

Anne. Good master Shallow, let him woo for himself.

Shul. Marry, I thank you for it; I thank you for that good comfort. She calls you, coz: I'll leave you.

Anne. Now, master Slender.
Slen. Now, good mistress Aune.
Anne. What is your will?

Slen. My will? od's heartlings, that's a pretty jest, indeed! I ne'er made my will yet, I thank heaven ; I am not such a sickly creature, I give hea. ven praise.

Anne. I mean, master Slender, what would you with me?

Slen. Truly, for mine own part, I would little or nothing with you: your father, and my uncle, have made motions: if it be my luck, so: if not, happy man be his dole*! They can tell you how things go, better than I can: you may ask your father; here he comes.

Enter Page, and Mistress Page. Page. Now, master Slender :-Love him, daugh

ter Anne.
Why, how now! what does master Fenton here?
You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house:
I told you, sir, my daughter is dispos'd of.

Fent. Nay, master Page, be not impatient.
Mrs. Page. Good master Fenton, come not to my

child.
Page. She is no match for you.
Fent. Sir, will you hear me?
Page.

No, good master Fenton. Come, master Shallow: come, son Slender; in: Knowing my mind, you wrong me, master Fenton.

(Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender.

* Lot.

Quick. Speak to mistress Page.
Fent. Good mistress Page, for that I love your

daughter
In such a righteous fashion as I do
Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manpers,
I must advance the colours of my love,
And not retire: let me have your good will.
Anne. Good mother, do not marry me to yond'

fool. Mrs. Page. I mean it not; I seek you a better

husband. Quick. That's my master, master doctor.

Anne. Alas, I had rather be set quick i'the earth, And bowl'd to death with turnips. Mrs. Puge. Come, trouble not yourself: good

master Fenton, I will not be your friend, nor enemy: My daughter will I question how she loves you, And as I find her, so am I affected; 'Till then, farewell, sir:-She must needs go in; Her father will be angry.

[Exeunt Mrs. Page and Anne. Fent. Farewell, gentle niistress; farewell, Nan.

Quick. This is my doing now;-Nay, said I, will you cast away your child on a fool, and a physician? Look on master Fenton :-this is my doing. Fent. I thank thee; and I pray thee, once to

night Give my sweet Nan this ring: there's for thy pains.

[Erit. Quick. Now heaven send thee good fortune! A kind heart he hath : a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart. But yet, I would my master had mistress Anne; or I would master Slender had ber; or, in sooth, I would ma. ster Feuton had her: I will do what I can for them all three; for so I have promised, and I'll be as good as my word; but speciously for master Fen.

• Specially

ton.' Well, I must of another errand to sir John Fal. staff from my two mistresses; what a beast am I to slack* it!

(Exit.

SCENE V.

A room in the Garter inn.

Enter Falstaff and Bardolph.
Fal. Bardolph, I say,
Bard. Here, sir.

Fal. Go fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast iu't. [Exit Bard.] Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal; and to be thrown into the Thames? Well; if I be served such another trick, l'll have my brains ta'en out, and butter'd, and give them to a dog for a new year's gift. The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorset as they would have drown'd a bitch's blind puppies, fifteen i' the litter: and you may know by my size, that I have a kind of alacrity in sinking; if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should down. I had been drowned, but that the shore was shelvy and shallow; a death that I abhor; for the water swells a man; and what a thing should I have been, when I had been swelled! I should have been a mountain of mummy.

Re-enter Bardolph, with the wine. Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak with you.

Fal. Come, let me pour in some sack to the Thames water; for my belly's as cold, as if I had swallowed suow-balls for pills to cool the reins. Call her in.

Bard. Come in, woman.

[blocks in formation]
« PreviousContinue »