Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Prince Henry and Poins


PRINCE HENRY

Before God, I am exceeding weary.


POINS

Is't come to that? I had thought weariness durst

not have attached one of so high blood.
attach (v.) 2 seize, take hold of, grip
blood (n.) 7 nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage


PRINCE HENRY

Faith, it does me, though it discolours

the complexion of my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring

it not show vilely in me to desire small beer?
beer / ale, small 1 weak beer, beer of poor quality
show (v.) appear, look [like], present [as]
vilely, vildly (adv.) shamefully, wretchedly, meanly


POINS

Why, a prince should not be so loosely studied as
loosely (adv.) negligently, with laxity, carelessly
studied (adj.) 3 experienced, skilled, practised

to remember so weak a composition.


PRINCE HENRY

Belike then my appetite was not princely
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

got, for, by my troth, I do now remember the poor

creature small beer. But indeed, these humble considerations
creature (n.) 4 material comfort, drink, liquor

make me out of love with my greatness. What a

disgrace is it to me to remember thy name! Or to know

thy face tomorrow! Or to take note how many pair of

silk stockings thou hast – viz. these, and those that were

thy peach-coloured once! Or to bear the inventory of
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 4 bear in mind, keep note of

thy shirts, as, one for superfluity, and another for use!
superfluity 1 spare availability, additional instance

But that the tennis-court keeper knows better than I,

for it is a low ebb of linen with thee when thou keepest

not racket there – as thou hast not done a great while,

because the rest of thy low countries have made a shift
low country lower regions of the body
shift (n.) 1 expedient, measure, arrangement [especially as 'make shift' = contrive]

to eat up thy holland. And God knows whether those
holland (n.) fine linen fabric

that bawl out the ruins of thy linen shall inherit His
out (prep.) 1 out of
ruin (n.) 4 (plural) remains, remnants, residue

kingdom – but the midwives say the children are not in

the fault. Whereupon the world increases, and kindreds
fault (n.) 1 sin, offence, crime

are mightily strengthened.


POINS

How ill it follows, after you have laboured so hard,
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

you should talk so idly! Tell me, how many good young
idly (adv.) 1 foolishly, crazily, frivolously

princes would do so, their fathers being so sick as yours

at this time is?


PRINCE HENRY

Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins?


POINS

Yes, faith, and let it be an excellent good thing.


PRINCE HENRY

It shall serve, among wits of no higher

breeding than thine.


POINS

Go to, I stand the push of your one thing that you
stand (v.) 14 withstand, endure, stand up to

will tell.


PRINCE HENRY

Marry, I tell thee it is not meet that I
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

should be sad now my father is sick. Albeit I could tell
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

to thee, as to one it pleases me for fault of a better to

call my friend, I could be sad, and sad indeed too.


POINS

Very hardly, upon such a subject.
hardly (adv.) 2 severely, harshly, badly


PRINCE HENRY

By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in

the devil's book as thou and Falstaff, for obduracy and

persistency. Let the end try the man. But I tell thee,

my heart bleeds inwardly that my father is so sick; and

keeping such vile company as thou art hath in reason
reason (n.) 3 reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinion

taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.
ostentation (n.) 1 public show, display, exhibition


POINS

The reason?


PRINCE HENRY

What wouldst thou think of me if I

should weep?


POINS

I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.


PRINCE HENRY

It would be every man's thought, and

thou art a blessed fellow, to think as every man thinks.

Never a man's thought in the world keeps the roadway
roadway (n.) highway, common way

better than thine. Every man would think me an

hypocrite indeed. And what accites your most worshipful
accite (v.) 2 arouse, induce, excite

thought to think so?


POINS

Why, because you have been so lewd, and so much
lewd (adj.) 1 improper, unseemly

engraffed to Falstaff.
ingraft, engraffed (adj.) 2 closely attached, associated [with]


PRINCE HENRY

And to thee.


POINS

By this light, I am well spoke on; I can hear it
speak on (v.) speak of

with mine own ears. The worst that they can say of me

is that I am a second brother, and that I am a proper
brother, second younger son
proper (adj.) 8 fine, excellent, good

fellow of my hands, and those two things I confess I

cannot help. By the mass, here comes Bardolph.

Enter Bardolph and the Page


PRINCE HENRY

And the boy that I gave Falstaff – 'a had

him from me Christian, and look if the fat villain have

not transformed him ape.
transform (v.) change in form, metamorphose


BARDOLPH

God save your grace!


PRINCE HENRY

And yours, most noble Bardolph!


POINS

(to Bardolph)

Come, you virtuous ass, you bashful

fool, must you be blushing? Wherefore blush you now?

What a maidenly man-at-arms are you become! Is't

such a matter to get a pottle-pot's maidenhead?
maidenhead (n.) 1 virginity
pottle, pottle-pot (n.) drinking vessel containing two quarts


PAGE

'A calls me e'en now, my lord, through a red lattice,
lattice (n.) lattice-work, criss-cross adornment; also: tavern symbol

and I could discern no part of his face from the window.

At last I spied his eyes, and methought he had made
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

two holes in the ale-wife's petticoat, and so peeped
ale-wife (n.) ale-house keeper, barmaid

through.


PRINCE HENRY

Has not the boy profited?


BARDOLPH

Away, you whoreson upright rabbit, away!
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing


PAGE

Away, you rascally Althaea's dream, away!


PRINCE HENRY

Instruct us, boy! What dream, boy?


PAGE

Marry, my lord, Althaea dreamt she was delivered

of a firebrand; and therefore I call him her dream.
firebrand (n.) 1 piece of wood kindled in the fire


PRINCE HENRY

A crown's-worth of good interpretation!

There 'tis, boy.


POINS

O that this blossom could be kept from cankers!
canker (n./adj.) 1 grub that destroys plant buds and leaves, cankerworm, parasite

Well, there is sixpence to preserve thee.


BARDOLPH

An you do not make him be hanged among

you, the gallows shall have wrong.


PRINCE HENRY

And how doth thy master, Bardolph?


BARDOLPH

Well, my lord. He heard of your grace's

coming to town. There's a letter for you.


POINS

Delivered with good respect. And how doth the
respect (n.) 5 courtesy, politeness, consideration

martlemas your master?
martlemas (n.) [idiosyncratic] case of plenty, fullness of being See Topics: Days and dates


BARDOLPH

In bodily health, sir.


POINS

Marry, the immortal part needs a physician, but

that moves not him. Though that be sick, it dies not.


PRINCE HENRY

I do allow this wen to be as familiar
wen (n.) swelling, tumour, lump

with me as my dog, and he holds his place, for look you
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

how he writes –


POINS

(reading the letter)

John Falstaff, knight – every

man must know that as oft as he has occasion to name
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

himself, even like those that are kin to the king, for

they never prick their finger but they say ‘ There's some

of the King's blood spilt.’ ‘ How comes that?’ says he

that takes upon him not to conceive. The answer is as
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow
take upon (v.) 1 profess, pretend, affect [oneself]

ready as a borrower's cap: ‘ I am the King's poor

cousin, sir.’


PRINCE HENRY

Nay, they will be kin to us, or they will

fetch it from Japhet. But to the letter: Sir John Falstaff,
fetch (v.) 3 trace, find the origin of

knight, to the son of the King nearest his father, Harry

Prince of Wales, greeting.


POINS

Why, this is a certificate!
certificate (n.) official document, formal deed


PRINCE HENRY

Peace! I will imitate the honourable

Romans in brevity.


POINS

He sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.


PRINCE HENRY

I commend me to thee, I commend thee,
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

and I leave thee. Be not too familiar with Poins, for he

misuses thy favours so much that he swears thou art to

marry his sister Nell. Repent at idle times as thou mayst,
idle (adj.) 7 empty, unoccupied, inactive

and so farewell.

Thine by yea and no – which is as much as to

say, as thou usest him – Jack Falstaff with

my familiars, John with my brothers and

sisters, and Sir John with all Europe.


POINS

My lord, I'll steep this letter in sack and make
sack (n.) [type of] white wine

him eat it.


PRINCE HENRY

That's to make him eat twenty of his

words. But do you use me thus, Ned? Must I marry

your sister?


POINS

God send the wench no worse fortune! But I never
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

said so.


PRINCE HENRY

Well, thus we play the fools with the

time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and

mock us. – Is your master here in London?


BARDOLPH

Yea, my lord.


PRINCE HENRY

Where sups he? Doth the old boar feed

in the old frank?
frank (n.) pig-sty


BARDOLPH

At the old place, my lord, in Eastcheap.


PRINCE HENRY

What company?


PAGE

Ephesians, my lord, of the old church.
Ephesian (n.) good mate, old drinking companion


PRINCE HENRY

Sup any women with him?
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


PAGE

None, my lord, but old Mistress Quickly, and

Mistress Doll Tearsheet.


PRINCE HENRY

What pagan may that be?
pagan (n.) prostitute, whore


PAGE

A proper gentlewoman, sir, and a kinswoman of my
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady See Topics: Address forms
proper (adj.) 7 honest, honourable, worthy

master's.


PRINCE HENRY

Even such kin as the parish heifers are

to the town bull. Shall we steal upon them, Ned, at

supper?


POINS

I am your shadow, my lord; I'll follow you.


PRINCE HENRY

Sirrah, you boy, and Bardolph, no word

to your master that I am yet come to town. There's for

your silence.


BARDOLPH

I have no tongue, sir.


PAGE

And for mine, sir, I will govern it.


PRINCE HENRY

Fare you well; go.

Exeunt Bardolph and Page

This Doll Tearsheet should be some road.
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead


POINS

I warrant you, as common as the way between
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Saint Albans and London.


PRINCE HENRY

How might we see Falstaff bestow
bestow (v.) 8 carry, bear, acquit, conduct

himself tonight in his true colours, and not ourselves

be seen?


POINS

Put on two leathern jerkins and aprons, and wait

upon him at his table as drawers.
drawer (n.) one who draws drink from a cask, tapster, barman


PRINCE HENRY

From a God to a bull? A heavy descension!
declension (n.) decline, deterioration, downward course
descension (n.) descent, fall from dignity, degradation
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty

It was Jove's case. From a prince to a prentice?
prentice (n.) apprentice

A low transformation, that shall be mine; for in everything

the purpose must weigh with the folly. Follow
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count
weigh (v.) 1 balance [as in scales], poise, match

me, Ned.

Exeunt

 
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