The Merry Wives of Windsor


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Mistress Page, Mistress Quickly, and William


MISTRESS PAGE

Is he at Master Ford's already, thinkest

thou?


MISTRESS QUICKLY

Sure he is by this, or will be presently.

But truly he is very courageous mad about his

throwing into the water. Mistress Ford desires you to

come suddenly.
suddenly (adv.) 1 immediately, at once, without delay


MISTRESS PAGE

I'll be with her by and by – I'll but
by and by (adv.) 1 immediately, straightaway, directly

bring my young man here to school. Look where his
bring (v.) 1 accompany, conduct, escort

master comes.

Enter Sir Hugh Evans
playing day (n.) school holiday, day off

'Tis a playing day, I see. How now, Sir Hugh, no school

today?


EVANS

No. Master Slender is let the boys leave to play.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

Blessing of his heart!


MISTRESS PAGE

Sir Hugh, my husband says my son

profits nothing in the world at his book. I pray you,

ask him some questions in his accidence.
accidence (n.) inflections of Latin grammar


EVANS

Come hither, William. Hold up your head. Come.


MISTRESS PAGE

Come on, sirrah. Hold up your head.

Answer your master, be not afraid.


EVANS

William, how many numbers is in nouns?


WILLIAM

Two.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

Truly, I thought there had been

one number more, because they say ‘ 'Od's nouns.’


EVANS

Peace your tattlings. What is ‘ fair,’ William?
peace (v.) be still, keep silent, be calm See Topics: Attention signals
tattling (n.) prattle, chatter, idle talk


WILLIAM

Pulcher.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

Polecats! There are fairer things

than polecats, sure.
polecat (n.) [slang] prostitute, courtesan, whore


EVANS

You are a very simplicity 'oman. I pray you peace.

What is lapis, William?


WILLIAM

A stone.


EVANS

And what is ‘ a stone,’ William?


WILLIAM

A pebble.


EVANS

No, it is lapis. I pray you remember in your prain.


WILLIAM

Lapis.


EVANS

That is a good William. What is he, William, that

does lend articles?


WILLIAM

Articles are borrowed of the pronoun, and be

thus declined: Singulariter, nominativo, hic, haec, hoc.


EVANS

Nominativo, hig, hag, hog. Pray you mark:
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

genitivo, hujus. Well, what is your accusative case?


WILLIAM

Accusativo, hinc.


EVANS

I pray you have your remembrance, child.
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Accusativo, hung, hang, hog.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

‘ Hang-hog ’ is Latin for bacon, I
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

warrant you.


EVANS

Leave your prabbles, 'oman. What is the focative
brabble (n.) 2 quibbling, nit-picking, noisy disputing See Topics: Welsh

case, William?


WILLIAM

O – vocativo, O.


EVANS

Remember, William. Focative is caret.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

And that's a good root.


EVANS

'Oman, forbear.
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]


MISTRESS PAGE

Peace!


EVANS

What is your genitive case plural, William?


WILLIAM

Genitive case?


EVANS

Ay.


WILLIAM

Genitive – horum, harum, horum.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

Vengeance of Jenny's case! Fie on
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance
vengeance of fie on, a plague on

her! Never name her, child, if she be a whore.


EVANS

For shame, 'oman.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

You do ill to teach the child such
ill (n.) 1 wrong, injury, harm, evil

words. He teaches him to hick and to hack, which they'll
hack (v.) [unclear meaning] be promiscuous, go whoring
hick (v.) hiccup [from drinking]

do fast enough of themselves, and to call ‘ horum.’ Fie

upon you!


EVANS

'Oman, art thou lunatics? Hast thou no understandings

for thy cases and the numbers of the genders?

Thou art as foolish Christian creatures as I would

desires.


MISTRESS PAGE

Prithee hold thy peace.


EVANS

Show me now, William, some declensions of your

pronouns.


WILLIAM

Forsooth, I have forgot.
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count


EVANS

It is qui, quae, quod. If you forget your quis, your

quaes, and your quods, you must be preeches. Go your
breech (v.) 1 flog, whip on the behind See Topics: Welsh

ways and play. Go.


MISTRESS PAGE

He is a better scholar than I thought he

was.


EVANS

He is a good sprag memory. Farewell, Mistress
sprag (adj.) pronunciation of ‘sprack’: smart, active, alert See Topics: Welsh

Page.


MISTRESS PAGE

Adieu, good Sir Hugh.

Exit Evans

Get you home, boy. Come, we stay too long.

Exeunt

 
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