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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 fentences.
Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the Ignorance is!
Bard. And being fap, Sir, was, as they say, cashierd; and so conclusions past the car-eires.
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no matter; I'll never 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 deny'd, gentlemen ; you hear it.
Enter Mistress Anne Page, with wine. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within,
[Exit Anne Page. Slen. Oh 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.
[Kiffing ber: 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.
[Exe. Falstaff, Page, &c. S CE N E IV.
Manent Shallow, Evans and Slender. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had my book of songs and sonnets here.
Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on my self, muft I? you have not the book of riddles about you, have you?
Simp. Book of riddles! why did not you lend it to Alice Shortcake
upon Albollowmas last, a fortnight afore ? ' Mertlemas?
Shal. Come, coz, come, coz; we stay for you: a word with you, coz: marry this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here : do you understand me?
Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable: if it be so,
Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr. Slender: I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.
Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me: he's a Justice of peace in his country, simple tho' I stand here.
Eva. But that is not the question: the question is concerning your marriage.
Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir.
Eva. Marry is it; the very point of it, to Mrs. Anne Page.
Slen. Why, if it be fo, I will marry her upon any reafonable demands.
Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips ; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the mind : therefore precisely, can you marry your good will to the maid?
Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?
Slen. I hope, Sir; I will do as it shall become one that would do reason. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak
pofsitable, 2 Michaelmas? old edit. Tbeob. emend.
possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her. Shal. That you must: will you, upon good dowry,
? Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason.
Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz ; what I do is to pleasure you, coz: can you love the maid?
Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request: but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease
better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to know one another ; I hope upon familiarity will grow more 3 /contempt:' but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely diffolved, and diffolutely.
Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer, save the faul is in th' ort dissolutely : the ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely; his meaning is + 'goot.
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
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Enter Mistress Anne Page. Sbal. Here comes fair mistress Anne: would I were young for your fake, mistress Anne.
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father defires your worship's company.
Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
[Exe. Shallow and Evans. Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, Sir?
Slen. No, I thank you forsooth heartily; I am very well.
Anne. The dinner attends you, Sir.
Sirrah, 3 content: ... old edit. Tbeob. emend.
Sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow : a Justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet Í live a poor gentleman born.
Anne. I may not go in without your worship; they will not sit 'till you come.
Slen. l'faith I'll eat nothing; I thank you as much as though I did.
Anne. I pray you, Sir, walk in.
Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I bruis'd my shin'th other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stew'd prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so? be there bears i' th' town?
Anne. I think there are, Sir; I heard them talk'd of.
Slen. I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any man in England. You are afraid if you see the bear loose, are you not?
Anne. Ay indeed, Sir.
Slen. That's meat and drink to me now, I have seen Sacker fon loose twenty times, and have taken him by the chain; but, I warrant you, the women have so cry'd and shriekt at it, that it past a: but women indeed cannot abide 'em, they are very ill-favour'd rough things.
Enter Mr. Page. Page. Come, gentle Mr. Slender, come; we stay for you. Slen. S'I chuse to eat nothing,' I thank
Page. (a) It past, and This passes was a way of Speaking customary heretofore to fignify the excess or extraordinary degree of any thing. The fentence compleated would be, It past or This passes all expression, or perhaps (according to a vulgar phrase fill in ale) It patt or This passes all things, is beyond all things. The participle of the same verb is fill in common use and in the fame fenfe: passing well, palling Atrange, &c. Warburton.
s I'll eat nothing,
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not chuse, Sir; come;
Anne. Not I, Sir ; pray you, keep on. Slen. Truly I will not go first, truly-la : I will not do you that wrong.
Anne. I pray you, Sir.
Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome ; you do your self wrong, indeed-la.
[Exeunt. S с Е Ν Ε VI.
Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius' house which is the way; and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his o'ringer.'
Simp. Well, Sir.
Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter; for it is a 'oman that altogethers acquaintance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is to desire and require her to follicit your master's desires to mistress Anne Page : I pray you, be gone ; I will make an end of my dinner ; there's pippins and cheese to come.
Changes to the Garter-Inn. Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol and Robin, Fal. MINE holt of the garter!
Hoft. What says my bully rock ? speak schollarly, and wisely.
Fal. 6 wringers