Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Pistol, Hostess, Nym, Bardolph, and Boy
bring (v.) 1 accompany, conduct, escort


HOSTESS

Prithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring thee

to Staines.


PISTOL

No, for my manly heart doth earn.
earn (v.) 1 yearn, mourn, grieve

Bardolph, be blithe! Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins!
vaunting (adj.) boastful, bragging, loud-mouthed

Boy, bristle thy courage up! For Falstaff, he is dead,

And we must earn therefor.
earn (v.) 1 yearn, mourn, grieve
therefor (adv.) therefore, for that


BARDOLPH

Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is,

either in heaven or in hell!


HOSTESS

Nay, sure, he's not in hell: he's in Arthur's

bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made

a finer end, and went away an it had been any christom
christom (adj.) [malapropism for ‘christened’ or ‘chrism’] in a christening robe, innocent

child; 'a parted e'en just between twelve and one, e'en

at the turning o'th' tide; for after I saw him fumble with

the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his

fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; for his

nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green

fields. ‘ How now, Sir John?’ quoth I, ‘ What, man, be
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

o' good cheer!’ So 'a cried out, ‘ God, God, God!’ three

or four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him 'a should

not think of God – I hoped there was no need to

trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So 'a bade
bid (v.), past form bade 3 pray, entreat, beg, ask

me lay more clothes on his feet; I put my hand into the

bed, and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone;

then I felt to his knees, and so up'ard and up'ard, and

all was as cold as any stone.


NYM

They say he cried out of sack.
of (prep.) 2 against


HOSTESS

Ay, that 'a did.


BARDOLPH

And of women.


HOSTESS

Nay, that 'a did not.


BOY

Yes, that 'a did, and said they were devils incarnate.


HOSTESS

'A could never abide carnation, 'twas a colour

he never liked.


BOY

'A said once, the devil would have him about women.


HOSTESS

'A did in some sort, indeed, handle women; but

then he was rheumatic, and talked of the Whore of
rheumatic (adj.) 3 malapropism for ‘choleric’ or ‘lunatic’

Babylon.


BOY

Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea stick upon

Bardolph's nose, and 'a said it was a black soul burning in

hell?


BARDOLPH

Well, the fuel is gone that maintained that

fire – that's all the riches I got in his service.


NYM

Shall we shog? The King will be gone from
shog, shog off (v.) go away, be gone, get along

Southampton.


PISTOL

Come, let's away. My love, give me thy lips.

Look to my chattels and my movables.

Let senses rule. The word is ‘ Pitch and pay!’
pitch and pay pay as you go, no credit
sense (n.) 1 senses, sensation, organs of sense

Trust none;

For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes,
wafer-cake (n.) type of thin, lightweight cake

And Holdfast is the only dog, my duck.

Therefore, Caveto be thy counsellor.
caveto (int.) [summarizing a piece of advice] beware, take care

Go, clear thy crystals. Yoke-fellows in arms,
crystal (n.) (plural) eyes
yoke-fellow (n.) fellow-worker, comrade, partner

Let us to France, like horse-leeches, my boys,

To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck!


BOY

And that's but unwholesome food, they say.
unwholesome (adj.) 1 harmful, damaging, noxious


PISTOL

Touch her soft mouth, and march.


BARDOLPH

Farewell, Hostess.

He kisses her
humour (n.) 3 style, method, way, fashion


NYM

I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; but adieu.


PISTOL

Let housewifery appear. Keep close, I thee command.
housewifery (n.) housekeeping, household management


HOSTESS

Farewell! Adieu!

Exeunt

 
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