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Shal. Tur, Sir, I could have told you more; in there times you stand on distance, your pastes, loccado's, and I know not what : ’is the heart, master Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the time, with my long sword, I would have made you four tall fellows skip

like rats.

than tight.

Hot. Here, boys, here, here: fall we wag? d'age. lEave with you ; I had rather hear them scolii

[Exeu:rt Hoft, Shallow and Page. Ford'. Tho' Page be a secure fool, (15) and stand to firmly on his wiie's fealty, yet I cannot put off my Opinion fo easily. She was in his company at Page's house ; and what they made there, I know not. Well, I will look further into’t; and I have a disguise to found Falfiaf: if I find her honeft, I lose not my labour; if he be otherwise, 'tis labour well bestow’d.

[Exit. SCENE changes to the Garter-Inn.

Enter Falstaff and Piftol. Fal, Will not lend thee a penny.

Pif. Why then the world's mine oyster, which I with fword will open.--I will retort the tum

I have been content, Sir, you fhould lay my countenance to pawn; I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you, and your couch-fellow, Nim; or else you had look'd throuzh the grate, like a gerainy of 'baboons. I am damn’d ia boll for fwearing to gentlemen, my friends, you were good soldiers, and tail fellows. And when mist: els Bridge loit the handle of her fan, I took'o upon mine honour, thou hadit it not.

Piff, Did it thou not share ? hadit thou not fifteen pence? (15) And sand so formly on his coife's frailty;] No, surely; Part food lign:ly to the opinion of her hoverty, and would not entertain a thought of her being f.ail. have therefore venturd to fubftitate a word corripondent to the cenfe requ

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Fal. Not a penny.

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Fal. Reason, you rogue; reason : think’t thou, 1!! endanger my soul gratis? At a word, harg about me, I am no gibbet for you : (16) ço, a here knive, and a throng, to your manor of Pickt hatch

; go, you'll not bcar a letter for me, you rogue! you ftar.d upon your honour! why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do to keep the term of my honour precise. 1, 1, I mysel: fometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the leit hand, and hiding mine honour in my necefily, am fain to Tufte, to hedge and to lurch; and yet you rogue will ersconce your têgs, your cat-a-mountain looks,

phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the shel-
ter of your honour! you will not do it, you!
Pift. I do relent; what would it thou more of man?

Inier Robin.
Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you.
Fal, Let her approach.

Enter Miffress Quickly,
Quic. Give your worship god morrow.
Inl. Good morrow, good wife.
Quic. Not so, an't please your worship.
Bal, Good maid, then.

. I'll be swoin, as my mother was, the firf hour I was born.

Fal. I do believe the swearer : what with me?
Quic. Shall I vouchlafe your wor hip a word or two

Fal. Two thousand, fair woman, and I'll vouchsa e thee the hearing.

Quic. There is one mistress Ford, Sir: I pray, come a little nearer this ways : I myself dwell with Mr. Doctor Caius.

Fal. Well, on : mistress Ford, you say,(16) Go, a short knife, and a thong,] All the old copies have it, tbrong : as I believe, the Author design d ; i. e. a föort knive and a crouc, the two requitites for a pick-pocker. Picke-katch, as we may find by many places in Ben John on, was a noted harbour for


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Quic. Your worship says very true : I pray your worship, come a little nearer this ways.

Fal. I warrant thee, no body hears : mine own people, mine own people.

Quic. Are they lo ? 'heav'n bless them, and make them his fervants.

Fal. Well : mistress Ford, what of her?

Quic. Why, Sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Lord, your worship's a wanton ; well, heav'n forgive you, and all of

us, I

pray Fal, Mistress Ford, come, mistress Ford Quic

. Marry, this is the fort and the long of it; you have brought her into such a canaries, as 'tis wonderful : the best courrier of them all, when the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her to such a canary. Yet there has been Knights, and Lords, and Gentlemen, with their coaches ; I warrant you, coach after coach, letter afier letter, gift after gift, smelling so sweetly; all muk; and fo russling, I Warrant you, in silk and gold, and in such alligant terms, and in such wine and sugar of the best, and the fairest, that would have won any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they could never get an eye-wink of her

. I had myself twenty angels given me this morning: but I defy all angels, in any such fort as they say, but in the way of honefty; and I warrant you, they could never get her so much as fsp on a cup with the proudest of them all: and yet there has been Earls, nay, which is more, Pensioners; but, I warrant you, all is one with her, Fal. But what says she to me i be brief, my good.

Quic. Marry, she hath receiv'd your letter, for the which she thanks you a thousand times; and the gives you to notify, that her husband will be absence from his house between ten and eleven.

Fal. Ten and eleven.

Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come and see the piæ ure, she says, that you wot of: master Ford, her husband, will be from home.

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woman leads an ill life with him, he's a very jealousy. man; Me leads a very frampold life with him, good heart.

Fal. Ten and eleven : woman, commend me to her, I will not fail her.

Quic. Why, you say well : But I have another mel. senger to your worship; miftreis Page has lier beary cominendat ons to you too; and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modeft wire, and one (I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windjer, whce'er be the other; and she hade me tell your worship, that her husband is seldom from home, but, the hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a woman lo doat upon a man; Surely, I think you have charms, la ; yes, in truth.

Fal. Noc !, I assure theę; setting the attraction of my good parts aside, I have no other charms.

24.c. Blefing on your heart for't.

fal. But I pray thee, tell me this ; bas Ford's wife, and Page's wife, acquainted (ach other how they love me ?

Quic. That were a jest, indeed; they have not so licile grace, I hope ; that were a trek, indeed! bot niiltreis Page would defire you to send her your little page, of all loves : her husband has a marvelous, in ection to the lit!le page; ani, truly, master Page is. an honest man. Never a wise in l'ind/or leads a better life, than he does; do what he will, fy what the will, take all, pay all. go to bed when he lift

, rise whin the lift, all is as he will; and, truly, she deserves. it; for if there be a kind woman in Windsor, truly, Me

You must send her your page; no remedy. Fal, Why, I will.

Quic. Nay, but do fo then; and, look you, he may come and go between you both, and in any cafe have a näy-word, that you may know one another's mind: and ihe boy never need to underliand any thing; for 'tis not good, that children should know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have discretion, as they say, and know the world.


is one.

Fal. Fare thee well; commend me to them both : there's my purse, I am yet thy debtor. Boy, go along with this woman,

This news distracts me.

[Exe. Quick, and Robin. Pift. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers : Clap on more sails; pursue; up with


fights; Give fire ! she is my prize, or ocean whelin chem all!

[Exit Pistol. Fal. Say'st thou ro, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll make more of thy old body, than I have done; wilde they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the expence of so much money, be now a gainer? good body, ! than thee; let ihem say, 'tis grossly done ; fo be is. fairly done, no matter.

Enter Bardo'ph. Bard. Sir John, there's one master Erook below would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with you; and hath sent your worship a morning's draughe ol fack.

Faí. Brook, is his name?
Bard. Ay, Sir.

Full Call him in ; [Exit Bardolph.) such Broats are welcome to me, that o'erblow with such liquor. Ah! ah! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have I encon. pals’d you ! go to, via!

Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguis’d. Ford. Bless


Fal. And you, Sir; would you speak with me?

Ford. I make bold to press with lo little preparation upon you.

Fal. You're welcome ; what's your will give us. leave, drawer.

[Exit Bardolph. Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent much ; my name is Brook. Fal

. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaintance: Ferd. Good Sir John, I sue for yours ; not to charge yca; for I mut let you understand, I think myself in, better plight for a lender than you are, the which kath:


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