Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Francis and another Drawer
apple-john (n.) kind of apple with a shrivelled skin [associated with midsummer (St John's) day]


FRANCIS

What the devil hast thou brought there – apple-johns?

Thou knowest Sir John cannot endure an

apple-john.


DRAWER

Mass, thou sayst true. The prince once set a

dish of apple-johns before him, and told him there were

five more Sir Johns, and, putting off his hat, said ‘ I will
put off (v.) 5 doff, remove, take off

now take my leave of these six dry, round, old, withered

knights.’ It angered him to the heart. But he hath forgot

that.


FRANCIS

Why then, cover, and set them down, and see
cover (v.) 1 lay the table

if thou canst find out Sneak's noise. Mistress Tearsheet
noise (n.) 2 band, company of musicians

would fain hear some music.
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count


DRAWER

(preparing to leave)
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick

Dispatch! The room where

they supped is too hot; they'll come in straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Will


WILL

Sirrah, here will be the Prince and Master Poins

anon, and they will put on two of our jerkins and aprons,
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

and Sir John must not know of it. Bardolph hath

brought word.


FRANCIS

By the mass, here will be old utis. It will be an
old (adj.) 4 plenty of, abundant, more than enough
utis (n.) clamour, din; or: festivity, jollification

excellent stratagem.
stratagem (n.) 1 scheme, device, cunning plan


DRAWER

I'll see if I can find out Sneak.

Exeunt Francis and Drawer

Enter Hostess and Doll Tearsheet
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count


HOSTESS

I'faith, sweetheart, methinks now you are in an

excellent good temperality. Your pulsidge beats as
pulsidge (n.) malapropism for ‘pulses’
temperality (n.) malapropism for ‘temper’

extraordinarily as heart would desire, and your colour,

I warrant you, is as red as any rose, in good truth, la!
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

But, i'faith, you have drunk too much canaries, and
canary, canaries (n.) 1 variety of sweet wine from the Canary Islands

that's a marvellous searching wine, and it perfumes the
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count
perfume (v.) malapropism for ‘perfuse’ [= cause to flow through]
searching (adj.) 2 finding out weak spots, penetrating, stirring

blood ere one can say ‘ What's this?’ How do you now?


DOLL

Better than I was – hem!


HOSTESS

Why, that's well said – a good heart's worth

gold. Lo, here comes Sir John.

Enter Falstaff, singing


FALSTAFF

When Arthur first in court –

empty the jordan –
jordan (n.) chamber-pot

Exit Will

And was a worthy king –

how now, Mistress Doll?


HOSTESS

Sick of a calm, yea, good faith.
calm (n.) 2 malapropism for ‘qualm’ [feeling of nausea]


FALSTAFF

So is all her sect; an they be once in a calm
calm (n.) 2 malapropism for ‘qualm’ [feeling of nausea]
sect (n.) 2 class, kind, sort

they are sick.


DOLL

A pox damn you, you muddy rascal, is that all the
muddy (adj.) 5 [of a young deer] sluggish, lazy
rascal (n.) 2 young or inferior deer in a herd; one of the common herd

comfort you give me?


FALSTAFF

You make fat rascals, Mistress Doll.


DOLL

I make them? Gluttony and diseases make them;

I make them not.


FALSTAFF

If the cook help to make the gluttony, you

help to make the diseases, Doll. We catch of you, Doll,

we catch of you. Grant that, my poor virtue, grant that.


DOLL

Yea, Mary's joys, our chains and our jewels –
joy (n.) [unclear meaning] delight, bliss [for Mary, as the mother of Jesus]; or: darling, pet


FALSTAFF

– your brooches, pearls, and ouches – for to
ouch (n.) ornament, gem; also: sore

serve bravely is to come halting off, you know; to come
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely

off the breach, with his pike bent bravely; and to
pike (n.) 1 lance, spear See Topics: Weapons

surgery bravely; to venture upon the charged chambers
chamber (n.) 3 piece of ordnance, cannon, gun
charged (adj.) 2 loaded; also: given a burden

bravely –


DOLL

Hang yourself, you muddy conger, hang yourself!
conger (n.) type of sea-eel
muddy (adj.) 2 dirty, foul


HOSTESS

By my troth, this is the old fashion; you two
fashion (n.) 1 manner, way, mode, appearance

never meet but you fall to some discord. You are both,

i' good truth, as rheumatic as two dry toasts; you cannot
rheumatic (adj.) 3 malapropism for ‘choleric’ or ‘lunatic’

one bear with another's confirmities. What the
confirmity (n.) malapropism for ‘infirmity’
good-year / goodyear, what the [expression of impatience] what the deuce See Topics: Swearing

goodyear! One must bear, and that (to Doll) must be you;

you are the weaker vessel, as they say, the emptier

vessel.


DOLL

Can a weak empty vessel bear such a huge full

hogshead? There's a whole merchant's venture of
hogshead (n.) large cask, barrel [of wine]
venture (n.) 3 cargo, consignment, goods

Bourdeaux stuff in him. You have not seen a hulk better
hulk (n.) ship, vessel
stuff (n.) 7 stock-in-trade, merchandise

stuffed in the hold. Come, I'll be friends with thee,

Jack; thou art going to the wars, and whether I shall

ever see thee again or no there is nobody cares.

enter the Drawer
ancient, aunchient (n.) 1 ensign, standard-bearer


DRAWER

Sir, Ancient Pistol's below, and would speak

with you.


DOLL

Hang him, swaggering rascal. Let him not come
swaggering (n.) blustering, bullying, quarrelling

hither. It is the foul-mouthed'st rogue in England.


HOSTESS

If he swagger, let him not come here. No, by
swagger (v.) 2 quarrel, squabble, behave in an insolent way

my faith! I must live among my neighbours; I'll no

swaggerers. I am in good name and fame with the very
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
name (n.) 1 reputation, fame, renown
swaggerer quarreller, blusterer, squabbler

best. Shut the door. There comes no swaggerers here. I

have not lived all this while to have swaggering now.

Shut the door, I pray you.


FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear, hostess?


HOSTESS

Pray ye, pacify yourself, Sir John; there comes
pacify (v.) stay quiet; or: malapropism for ‘satisfy’ [= be assured]

no swaggerers here.


FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear? It is mine ancient.


HOSTESS

Tilly-fally, Sir John, ne'er tell me; an your
tilly-fally, tilly-vally (int.) nonsense, fiddlesticks See Topics: Exclamations

ancient swagger, 'a comes not in my doors. I was before

Master Tisick the debuty t' other day, and, as he said
debuty (n.) malapropism for ‘deputy’ [= deputy alderman]

to me – 'twas no longer ago than Wednesday last, i'good

faith – ‘ Neighbour Quickly,’ says he – Master Dumb

our minister was by then – ‘ Neighbour Quickly,’ says
by (adv.) 1 near by, close at hand

he, ‘ receive those that are civil, for,’ said he, ‘ you are in
civil (adj.) 2 seemly, decent, well-behaved

an ill name ’ – now 'a said so, I can tell whereupon.
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count
name (n.) 1 reputation, fame, renown

‘ For,’ says he, ‘ you are an honest woman, and well

thought on; therefore take heed what guests you receive;

receive,’ says he, ‘ no swaggering companions.’ There

comes none here. You would bless you to hear what he

said. No, I'll no swaggerers.


FALSTAFF

He's no swaggerer, hostess, a tame cheater,
cheater (n.) deceiver, sharper, gamester; also: officer who looks after estates forfeited to the crown
tame (adj.) 3 petty, decoy [attracting people into a card game]

i'faith. You may stroke him as gently as a puppy greyhound.

He'll not swagger with a Barbary hen, if her
Barbary hen guinea hen; or: prostitute See Topics: World [outside Britain], places and peoples

feathers turn back in any show of resistance. Call him

up, drawer.

Exit Drawer


HOSTESS

Cheater, call you him? I will bar no honest man

my house, nor no cheater, but I do not love swaggering;

by my troth, I am the worse when one says ‘ swagger.’

Feel, masters, how I shake, look you, I warrant you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


DOLL

So you do, hostess.


HOSTESS

Do I? Yea, in very truth, do I, an 'twere an

aspen leaf. I cannot abide swaggerers.

Enter Ancient Pistol, Bardolph, and the Page


PISTOL

God save you, Sir John!


FALSTAFF

Welcome, Ancient Pistol! Here, Pistol, I

charge you with a cup of sack – do you discharge upon
charge (v.) 10 toast, drink a health to
discharge (v.) 9 respond to a toast, drink a further health

mine hostess.


PISTOL

I will discharge upon her, Sir John, with two

bullets.


FALSTAFF

She is pistol-proof, sir; you shall not hardly
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

offend her.


HOSTESS

Come, I'll drink no proofs, nor no bullets. I'll

drink no more than will do me good, for no man's

pleasure, I.


PISTOL

Then to you, Mistress Dorothy! I will charge

you.


DOLL

Charge me? I scorn you, scurvy companion. What,
companion (n.) 1 rogue, rascal, fellow

you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linen mate!
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
lack-linen (adj.) badly dressed, disreputable
mate (n.) 2 fellow, individual

Away, you mouldy rogue, away! I am meat for your

master.


PISTOL

I know you, Mistress Dorothy.


DOLL

Away, you cutpurse rascal, you filthy bung, away!
bung (n.) pickpocket; also: hole-stopper [penis]
cutpurse (n.) pickpocket, thief, robber
rascal (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing

By this wine, I'll thrust my knife in your mouldy chaps

an you play the saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale
bottle-ale (adj.) dissolute, degenerate, low
cuttle (n.) knife used by pickpockets for cutting purses; bully, cut-throat
saucy (adj.) 2 lecherous, lascivious, lustful

rascal, you basket-hilt stale juggler, you! Since when,
basket-hilt (n.) sword hilt with protective steel basketwork See Topics: Weapons
juggler (n.) 2 trickster, deceiver, fraud
stale (adj.) 3 worn-out, hackneyed, faded

I pray you, sir? God's light, with two points on your
point (n.) 2 (usually plural) tagged lace [especially for attaching hose to the doublet]

shoulder? Much!


PISTOL

God let me not live but I will murder your ruff
murder, murther (v.) tear off, mangle, destroy

for this.


FALSTAFF

No more, Pistol! I would not have you go off

here. Discharge yourself of our company, Pistol.


HOSTESS

No, good Captain Pistol, not here, sweet

captain!


DOLL

Captain! Thou abominable damned cheater, art

thou not ashamed to be called captain? An captains

were of my mind, they would truncheon you out, for
truncheon (v.) cudgel, beat with a truncheon

taking their names upon you before you have earned

them. You a captain? You slave! For what? For tearing

a poor whore's ruff in a bawdy-house? He a captain!

Hang him, rogue, he lives upon mouldy stewed prunes
stewed prune prostitute, bawd, whore

and dried cakes. A captain! God's light, these villains

will make the word as odious as the word ‘ occupy ’,
occupy (v.) fornicate, have sexual dealings [with]

which was an excellent good word before it was
ill-sorted (adv.) badly matched, in bad company

ill-sorted. Therefore captains had need look to't.


BARDOLPH

Pray thee go down, good ancient.


FALSTAFF

Hark thee hither, Mistress Doll.


PISTOL

Not I; I tell thee what, Corporal Bardolph, I

could tear her! I'll be revenged of her.


PAGE

Pray thee go down.


PISTOL

I'll see her damned first! To Pluto's damned

lake, by this hand, to th' infernal deep, with Erebus and

tortures vile also! Hold hook and line, say I! Down

down, dogs! Down, faitours! Have we not Hiren here?
faitour, faitor (n.) cheat, imposter, fraud

He brandishes his sword


HOSTESS

Good Captain Peesel, be quiet; 'tis very late,

i'faith. I beseek you now, aggravate your choler.
aggravate (v.) 3 intensify; malapropism for ‘moderate’
beseek (v.) dialect form or malapropism for ‘beseech’
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath


PISTOL

These be good humours indeed! Shall pack-horses,
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 3 style, method, way, fashion

And hollow pampered jades of Asia,
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag

Which cannot go but thirty mile a day,

Compare with Caesars and with Cannibals,
compare (v.) vie, rival, compete

And Troyant Greeks? Nay, rather damn them with

King Cerberus, and let the welkin roar!
welkin (n.) sky, firmament, heavens

Shall we fall foul for toys?
fall foul fall out, quarrel, come into conflict
toy (n.) 1 whim, caprice, trifling matter


HOSTESS

By my troth, captain, these are very bitter

words.


BARDOLPH

Be gone, good ancient; this will grow to a

brawl anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


PISTOL

Die men like dogs! Give crowns like pins! Have

we not Hiren here?


HOSTESS

O' my word, captain, there's none such here.

What the goodyear, do you think I would deny her?
deny (v.) 3 disallow, forbid, refuse permission [for]
good-year / goodyear, what the [expression of impatience] what the deuce See Topics: Swearing

For God's sake, be quiet.


PISTOL

Then feed and be fat, my fair Calipolis!

Come, give's some sack.

Si fortune me tormente sperato me contento.

Fear we broadsides? No, let the fiend give fire!
give fire begin firing, shoot, discharge

Give me some sack. And, sweetheart, lie thou there!

(He lays down his sword)
etcetera (n.) substitute for an indelicate word, here probably ‘vagina’
point, full full stop, complete halt

Come we to full points here? And are etceteras nothings?


FALSTAFF

Pistol, I would be quiet.


PISTOL

Sweet knight, I kiss thy neaf. What! We have
neaf (n.) fist, clenched hand

seen the seven stars!


DOLL

For God's sake, thrust him downstairs; I cannot

endure such a fustian rascal.
fustian (adj.) 2 bombastic, ranting, blustering
rascal (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing


PISTOL

Thrust him downstairs? Know we not
Galloway nag small strong riding horse [from Galloway, Scotland]; prostitute
know (v.) 2 recognize

Galloway nags?


FALSTAFF

Quoit him down, Bardolph, like a shove-groat
quoit (v.) throw, pitch, chuck [like a quoit]
shove-groat (adj.) shove-halfpenny, shovel-board

shilling. Nay, an 'a do nothing but speak nothing, 'a

shall be nothing here.


BARDOLPH

Come, get you downstairs.


PISTOL

What! Shall we have incision? Shall we imbrue?
imbrue, embrue (v.) pierce, stab, stain with blood

(He snatches up his sword)

Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!

Why then, let grievous, ghastly, gaping wounds

Untwind the Sisters Three! Come, Atropos, I say!
untwind (v.) untwine, untwist the spinning of


HOSTESS

Here's goodly stuff toward!
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation


FALSTAFF

Give me my rapier, boy.


DOLL

I pray thee, Jack, I pray thee do not draw.


FALSTAFF

(drawing)

Get you downstairs.


HOSTESS

Here's a goodly tumult! I'll forswear keeping
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count

house afore I'll be in these tirrits and frights! So!
afore (conj.) before, sooner than
tirrits (n.) malapropism combining ‘terrors’ and ‘fits’

(Falstaff thrusts at Pistol)
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Murder, I warrant now! Alas, alas, put up your naked

weapons, put up your naked weapons.

(Exit Bardolph, driving Pistol out)


DOLL

I pray thee, Jack, be quiet; the rascal's gone. Ah,

you whoreson little valiant villain, you!
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing


HOSTESS

Are you not hurt i'th' groin? Methought 'a made
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

a shrewd thrust at your belly.
shrewd (adj.) 3 malicious, nasty, vicious

Enter Bardolph


FALSTAFF

Have you turned him out o' doors?


BARDOLPH

Yea, sir, the rascal's drunk. You have hurt

him sir, i'th' shoulder.


FALSTAFF

A rascal, to brave me!
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke


DOLL

Ah, you sweet little rogue, you! Alas, poor ape,
ape (n.) 2 fool, idiot, jackass

how thou sweatest! Come, let me wipe thy face. Come

on, you whoreson chops! Ah, rogue, i'faith, I love thee.
chaps, chops (n.) 3 [jocular] fat cheeks
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

Thou art as valorous as Hector of Troy, worth five of

Agamemnon, and ten times better than the Nine

Worthies. Ah, villain!


FALSTAFF

A rascally slave! I will toss the rogue in a

blanket.


DOLL

Do, an thou darest for thy heart. An thou dost, I'll

canvass thee between a pair of sheets.
canvass (v.) toss about [as if in a canvas sheet], beat, thrash

Enter musicians


PAGE

The music is come, sir.


FALSTAFF

Let them play. Play, sirs!

(Music)
rascal (adj.) worthless, good-for-nothing
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain

Sit on my knee, Doll. A rascal bragging slave! The

rogue fled from me like quicksilver.
quicksilver (n.) liquid mercury


DOLL

I'faith, and thou followed'st him like a church.

Thou whoreson little tidy Bartholomew boar-pig, when
Bartholomew boar-pig pig sold at the annual London fair held on St Bartholomew's day See Topics: Days and dates
tidy (adj.) good-looking, handsome; also: fat, plump
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

wilt thou leave fighting a-days, and foining a-nights,
a (prep.) 1 variant form of ‘at’
foining (n./adj.) [fencing] thrusting, lunging

and begin to patch up thine old body for heaven?

Enter, behind, the Prince and Poins disguised as

drawers


FALSTAFF

Peace, good Doll, do not speak like a death's-head;
death's-head (n.) skull, memento mori

do not bid me remember mine end.


DOLL

Sirrah, what humour's the Prince of?
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

A good shallow young fellow. 'A would have
shallow (adj.) naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character

made a good pantler; 'a would ha' chipped bread well.
chip bread cut away the crust of a loaf
pantler (n.) servant in charge of the bread, pantryman


DOLL

They say Poins has a good wit.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

He a good wit? Hang him, baboon! His wit's

as thick as Tewkesbury mustard. There's no more conceit
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

in him than is in a mallet.


DOLL

Why does the Prince love him so, then?


FALSTAFF

Because their legs are both of a bigness, and 'a
bigness (n.) large size, good bulk

plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and
conger (n.) type of sea-eel
fennel (n.) fragrant herb used as a sauce for fish See Topics: Plants

drinks off candles' ends for flap-dragons, and rides the
flap-dragons (n.) [game of bravado] snap-dragons: small burning objects floating on liquor, which have to be avoided while drinking; or: edible objects floating on burning liquor, to be seized and eaten

wild mare with the boys, and jumps upon joint-stools,
joint-stool, join-stool, joined-stool (n.) well-made stool [by a joiner] [also used in phrases of ridicule]
mare, ride the wild type of schoolboy game involving one boy leaping on top of others

and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance

smooth like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate
bate (n.) discord, strife, quarrel
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with
sign (n.) 5 publicity sign, advertisement

with telling of discreet stories, and such other gambol
gambol (adj.) playful, sportive, spirited

faculties 'a has that show a weak mind and an able
faculty (n.) function, power, capability

body, for the which the Prince admits him. For the
admit (v.) 2 consent to keep company with, have to do with

Prince himself is such another – the weight of a hair

will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.
avoirdupois (n.) weight, state of heaviness


PRINCE HENRY

Would not this nave of a wheel have his
nave (n.) 1 [of wheels] hub, pivot

ears cut off?


POINS

Let's beat him before his whore.


PRINCE HENRY

Look, whe'er the withered elder hath not
elder (n.) 3 elder tree

his poll clawed like a parrot.


POINS

Is it not strange that desire should so many years

outlive performance?


FALSTAFF

Kiss me, Doll.


PRINCE HENRY

Saturn and Venus this year in conjunction!

What says th' almanac to that?


POINS

And look whether the fiery trigon his man be not
trigon (n.) triangle of the zodiac See Topics: Cosmos

lisping to his master's old tables, his note-book, his
lisp (v.) 2 talk in a loving voice
table (n.) 3 intimate, confidante

counsel-keeper.
counsel-keeper (n.) person who keeps secrets


FALSTAFF

Thou dost give me flattering busses.


DOLL

By my troth, I kiss thee with a most constant heart.


FALSTAFF

I am old, I am old.


DOLL

I love thee better than I love e'er a scurvy young
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

boy of them all.


FALSTAFF

What stuff wilt have a kirtle of? I shall receive
kirtle (n.) dress, gown

money a-Thursday; shalt have a cap tomorrow. A
a (prep.) 5 variant form of ‘on’

merry song! Come, it grows late; we'll to bed. Thou'lt

forget me when I am gone.


DOLL

By my troth, thou'lt set me a-weeping an thou

sayst so. Prove that ever I dress myself handsome till

thy return. Well, hearken a'th' end.
hearken (v.) 1 listen [to], pay attention [to]


FALSTAFF

Some sack, Francis.


PRINCE HENRY and POINS

(coming forward)
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Anon, anon,

sir.


FALSTAFF

Ha! A bastard son of the King's? And art not

thou Poins his brother?


PRINCE HENRY

Why, thou globe of sinful continents,
continent (n.) 2 container, receptacle, enclosure

what a life dost thou lead!


FALSTAFF

A better than thou – I am a gentleman; thou

art a drawer.


PRINCE HENRY

Very true, sir, and I come to draw you

out by the ears.


HOSTESS

O, the Lord preserve thy grace! By my troth,

welcome to London! Now the Lord bless that sweet

face of thine! O Jesu, are you come from Wales?


FALSTAFF

Thou whoreson mad compound of majesty,
compound (n.) 2 lump, composition, mass
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

by this light – flesh and corrupt blood (laying his hand

upon Doll), thou art welcome.


DOLL

How! You fat fool, I scorn you.


POINS

My lord, he will drive you out of your revenge

and turn all to a merriment, if you take not the heat.
take (v.) 2 catch, receive, get


PRINCE HENRY

You whoreson candle-mine you, how
candle-mine (n.) mine of candle-fat
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

vilely did you speak of me now, before this honest,
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous

virtuous, civil gentlewoman!
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady See Topics: Address forms


HOSTESS

God's blessing of your good heart, and so she

is, by my troth!


FALSTAFF

Didst thou hear me?


PRINCE HENRY

Yea, and you knew me, as you did when

you ran away by Gad's Hill; you knew I was at your

back, and spoke it on purpose to try my patience.


FALSTAFF

No, no, no, not so; I did not think thou wast

within hearing.


PRINCE HENRY

I shall drive you then to confess the

wilful abuse, and then I know how to handle you.


FALSTAFF

No abuse, Hal, o' mine honour, no abuse.


PRINCE HENRY

Not? To dispraise me, and call me
dispraise (v.) disparage, belittle, denigrate

pantler, and bread-chipper, and I know not what?
bread-chipper (n.) menial who cuts away the crust of a loaf
pantler (n.) servant in charge of the bread, pantryman


FALSTAFF

No abuse, Hal.


POINS

No abuse?


FALSTAFF

No abuse, Ned, i'th' world, honest Ned, none.

I dispraised him before the wicked that the wicked
dispraise (v.) disparage, belittle, denigrate

might not fall in love with (turning to Prince Henry) thee

– in which doing, I have done the part of a careful friend

and a true subject, and thy father is to give me thanks

for it. No abuse, Hal; none, Ned, none: no, faith, boys,

none.


PRINCE HENRY

See now whether pure fear and entire

cowardice doth not make thee wrong this virtuous

gentlewoman to close with us. Is she of the wicked? Is
close (v.) 1 agree, come to terms, compromise

thine hostess here of the wicked? Or is thy boy of the

wicked? Or honest Bardolph, whose zeal burns in his

nose, of the wicked?


POINS

Answer, thou dead elm, answer.


FALSTAFF

The fiend hath pricked down Bardolph
irrecoverable (adj.) beyond redemption, past recovery
prick down, prick (v.) mark (down), put on a list, record in writing

irrecoverable, and his face is Lucifer's privy-kitchen,
privy-kitchen (n.) personal kitchen

where he doth nothing but roast malt-worms. For the
maltworm, malt-worm (n.) drinker [of malt-liquor], drunkard, inebriate

boy, there is a good angel about him, but the devil binds

him too.


PRINCE HENRY

For the women?


FALSTAFF

For one of them, she's in hell already, and

burns poor souls. For th' other, I owe her money, and
burn (v.) 2 infect [with venereal disease]

whether she be damned for that I know not.


HOSTESS

No, I warrant you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

No, I think thou art not; I think thou art quit
quit (v.) 3 acquit, absolve, clear

for that. Marry, there is another indictment upon thee,
indictment (n.) legal document containing a charge

for suffering flesh to be eaten in thy house, contrary to
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

the law, for the which I think thou wilt howl.


HOSTESS

All victuallers do so. What's a joint of mutton
victualler (n.) inn-keeper, tavern-owner

or two in a whole Lent?


PRINCE HENRY

You, gentlewoman –


DOLL

What says your grace?


FALSTAFF

His grace says that which his flesh rebels

against.

Peto knocks at door


HOSTESS

Who knocks so loud at door? Look to th' door

there, Francis.

Enter Peto


PRINCE HENRY

Peto, how now, what news?


PETO

The King your father is at Westminster,

And there are twenty weak and wearied posts

Come from the north; and as I came along
post (n.) 1 express messenger, courier See Topics: Frequency count

I met and overtook a dozen captains,

Bare-headed, sweating, knocking at the taverns,

And asking every one for Sir John Falstaff.


PRINCE HENRY

By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame,

So idly to profane the precious time
profane (v.) 1 misuse, abuse, maltreat

When tempest of commotion, like the south
commotion (n.) 1 insurrection, rebellion, sedition
south (n.) south wind [believed to bring storms, and plague-carrying mists]

Borne with black vapour, doth begin to melt
vapour (n.) 2 mist, cloud, fog

And drop upon our bare unarmed heads.

Give me my sword and cloak. Falstaff, good night.

Exeunt Prince and Poins


FALSTAFF

Now comes in the sweetest morsel of the

night, and we must hence and leave it unpicked.
unpicked (adj.) not gathered, unenjoyed

Knocking within

Exit Bardolph

More knocking at the door?

Enter Bardolph

How now, what's the matter?


BARDOLPH

You must away to court, sir, presently.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

A dozen captains stay at door for you.
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay


FALSTAFF

(to Page)

Pay the musicians, sirrah. Farewell,

hostess; farewell, Doll. You see, my good wenches, how

men of merit are sought after; the undeserver may sleep,
undeserver (n.) one who deserves nothing, unworthy person
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

when the man of action is called on. Farewell, good

wenches. If I be not sent away post, I will see you again
post (adv.) in haste, with speed

ere I go.


DOLL

I cannot speak; if my heart be not ready to burst –

well, sweet Jack, have a care of thyself.


FALSTAFF

Farewell, farewell.

Exit with Bardolph, Peto, Page, and musicians


HOSTESS

Well, fare thee well. I have known thee these

twenty-nine years, come peascod-time, but an honester
peascod (n.) pea-plant, pea-pod

and truer-hearted man – well, fare thee well.


BARDOLPH

(at the door)

Mistress Tearsheet!


HOSTESS

What's the matter?


BARDOLPH

Bid Mistress Tearsheet come to my master.


HOSTESS

O, run, Doll, run! Run, good Doll! Come! –

She comes blubbered. – Yea, will you come, Doll?
blubbered (adj.) tear-stained, disfigured with weeping [no comic overtones]

Exeunt

 
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