Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
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Alarum. Excursions. Enter Falstaff and Sir John

Colevile


FALSTAFF

What's your name, sir? Of what condition are
condition (n.) 4 position, social rank, station

you, and of what place?
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count


COLEVILE

I am a knight, sir, and my name is Colevile

of the Dale.


FALSTAFF

Well then, Colevile is your name, a knight is

your degree, and your place the Dale. Colevile shall be

still your name, a traitor your degree, and the dungeon
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

your place – a place deep enough; so shall you be still

Colevile of the Dale.


COLEVILE

Are not you Sir John Falstaff?


FALSTAFF

As good a man as he, sir, whoe'er I am. Do

ye yield, sir, or shall I sweat for you? If I do sweat,

they are the drops of thy lovers, and they weep for thy
lover (n.) companion, comrade, dear friend

death. Therefore rouse up fear and trembling, and do

observance to my mercy.


COLEVILE

I think you are Sir John Falstaff, and in that

thought yield me.

He kneels


FALSTAFF

I have a whole school of tongues in this belly

of mine, and not a tongue of them all speaks any other

word but my name. An I had but a belly of any
indifferency (n.) 2 ordinariness, average character

indifferency, I were simply the most active fellow in Europe;

my womb, my womb, my womb undoes me. Here
womb (n.) belly, paunch

comes our general.

Retreat sounded

Enter Prince John, Westmorland, and Blunt, with

soldiers


PRINCE JOHN

The heat is past; follow no further now.

Call in the powers, good cousin Westmorland.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Exit Westmorland

Now, Falstaff, where have you been all this while?

When everything is ended, then you come.

These tardy tricks of yours will, on my life,

One time or other break some gallows' back.


FALSTAFF

I would be sorry, my lord, but it should be

thus. I never knew yet but rebuke and check was the
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke

reward of valour. Do you think me a swallow, an arrow,

or a bullet? Have I in my poor and old motion the
motion (n.) 7 act of moving, movement, stirring

expedition of thought? I have speeded hither with the
expedition (n.) 1 haste, speedy action, prompt dispatch

very extremest inch of possibility; I have foundered nine
founder (v.) make lame, cause to break down

score and odd posts: and here, travel-tainted as I am,
post (n.) 2 post-horse
travel-tainted (adj.) travel-stained

have in my pure and immaculate valour taken Sir John

Colevile of the Dale, a most furious knight and valorous

enemy. But what of that? He saw me, and yielded;

that I may justly say, with the hook-nosed fellow of

Rome, three words, ‘ I came, saw, and overcame.’


PRINCE JOHN

It was more of his courtesy than your

deserving.
deserving (n.) 1 worthiness, desert, merit


FALSTAFF

I know not. Here he is, and here I yield him.

And I beseech your grace, let it be booked with the rest

of this day's deeds, or by the Lord I will have it in a

particular ballad else, with mine own picture on the
particular (adj.) 1 personal, special, private

top on't, Colevile kissing my foot – to the which course
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

if I be enforced, if you do not all show like gilt twopences
gilt (adj.) 2 coated with gold

to me, and I in the clear sky of fame o'ershine
overshine, over-shine (v.) 1 outshine, surpass, excel

you as much as the full moon doth the cinders of the
cinder (n.) burning coal, flaming ember

element, which show like pins' heads to her, believe not
element (n.) 5 air, sky, heavens

the word of the noble. Therefore let me have right, and

let desert mount.
desert, desart (n.) 1 deserving, due recompense, right
mount (v.) 1 ascend, rise up, climb


PRINCE JOHN

Thine's too heavy to mount.
heavy (adj.) 9 troublesome, iniquitous, heinous


FALSTAFF

Let it shine, then.


PRINCE JOHN

Thine's too thick to shine.
thick (adj.) 2 dull, dim, poor


FALSTAFF

Let it do something, my good lord, that may

do me good, and call it what you will.


PRINCE JOHN

Is thy name Colevile?


COLEVILE

It is, my lord.


PRINCE JOHN

A famous rebel art thou, Colevile.


FALSTAFF

And a famous true subject took him.


COLEVILE

I am, my lord, but as my betters are

That led me hither. Had they been ruled by me,
rule (v.) control, direct, guide

You should have won them dearer than you have.
dear (adv.) 1 direly, grievously, with difficulty
win (v.) 1 gain advantage [over], get the better [of]


FALSTAFF

I know not how they sold themselves, but

thou like a kind fellow gavest thyself away gratis, and I
gratis (adv.) for nothing, without payment

thank thee for thee.

Enter Westmorland


PRINCE JOHN

Now, have you left pursuit?


WESTMORLAND

Retreat is made and execution stayed.
execution (n.) 1 action, performance, doing
retreat (n.) trumpet call signalling retreat
stay (v.) 9 stop, halt, come to a standstill


PRINCE JOHN

Send Colevile with his confederates

To York, to present execution.

Blunt, lead him hence, and see you guard him sure.

Exit Blunt with Colevile

And now dispatch we toward the court, my lords.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick

I hear the King my father is sore sick.
sore (adv.) 1 seriously, greatly, very much

Our news shall go before us to his majesty,

Which, cousin, you shall bear to comfort him,

And we with sober speed will follow you.
sober (adj.) 3 moderate, reasonable, with no undue haste


FALSTAFF

My lord, I beseech you give me leave to go

through Gloucestershire, and when you come to court,

stand my good lord in your good report.
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as


PRINCE JOHN

Fare you well, Falstaff. I, in my condition,
condition (n.) 4 position, social rank, station

Shall better speak of you than you deserve.

Exeunt all but Falstaff


FALSTAFF

I would you had the wit; 'twere better than
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

your dukedom. Good faith, this same young sober-blooded
sober-blooded (adj.) calm, passionless, impassive

boy doth not love me, nor a man cannot make

him laugh – but that's no marvel, he drinks no wine.

There's never none of these demure boys come to any
demure (adj.) grave, serious, sober, solemn

proof, for thin drink doth so over-cool their blood, and
proof, come to turn out well, fulfil one's promise
thin (adj.) 3 weak, without body, of low alcohol content

making many fish meals, that they fall into a kind of

male green-sickness; and then when they marry they
green-sickness (n.) 1 type of illness supposed to affect lovesick young women

get wenches. They are generally fools and cowards –
get (v.) 1 beget, conceive, breed
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

which some of us should be too, but for inflammation.
inflammation (n.) inflamed senses, heated condition [through drinking]

A good sherris-sack hath a twofold operation in it. It
sherris-sack, sherris (n.) white wine from Xeres (Spain), sherry-wine

ascends me into the brain, dries me there all the foolish

and dull and crudy vapours which environ it, makes it
crudy (adj.) curdy, thick, congealed
environ (v.) surround, envelop, encircle, engulf
vapour (n.) 1 exhalation, steamy emission, mistiness

apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and
apprehensive (adj.) quick-learning, perceptive, ever alert
fiery (adj.) 1 ardent, spirited, animated
forgetive (adj.) good at forging thoughts, inventive, creative

delectable shapes, which delivered o'er to the voice, the

tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit. The
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count

second property of your excellent sherris is the warming

of the blood, which before, cold and settled, left the
settled (adj.) 5 not flowing, still, congealed

liver white and pale, which is the badge of pusillanimity
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]
pusillanimity (n.) cowardliness, timidity, fearfulness

and cowardice; but the sherris warms it, and makes it

course from the inwards to the parts' extremes. It
extreme (n.) 1 extremity, outermost area

illumineth the face, which, as a beacon, gives warning

to all the rest of this little kingdom, man, to arm; and

then the vital commoners, and inland petty spirits,
commoner (n.) 1 citizen, denizen, member
inland (adj.) 1 internal, inner
petty (adj.) 2 minor, subordinate, inferior
spirit (n.) 3 life-supporting substance thought to be carried by the blood, animating essence
vital (adj.) life-supporting, animating

muster me all to their captain, the heart, who, great and
great (adj.) 5 full of emotion
muster (v.) 1 assemble, gather together [at], rush

puffed up with this retinue, doth any deed of courage;

and this valour comes of sherris. So that skill in the

weapon is nothing without sack, for that sets it a-work,
a (prep.) 6 variant form of ‘to’
sack (n.) [type of] white wine

and learning a mere hoard of gold kept by a devil, till

sack commences it and sets it in act and use. Hereof
commence (v.) admit to a university degree; give a good start to, make fit

comes it that Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood

he did naturally inherit of his father he hath like lean,
lean (v.) 2 barren, unproductive

sterile, and bare land manured, husbanded, and tilled,
husband (v.) 2 tend, improve, cultivate

with excellent endeavour of drinking good and good

store of fertile sherris, that he is become very hot and
hot (adj.) 2 enthusiastic, ardent, eager, keen

valiant. I had a thousand sons, the first human
human (adj.) 1 worldly, secular, mundane

principle I would teach them should be to forswear
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count

thin potations, and to addict themselves to sack.
potation (n.) draught, drinking-bout
thin (adj.) 3 weak, without body, of low alcohol content

Enter Bardolph

How now, Bardolph?


BARDOLPH

The army is discharged all and gone.


FALSTAFF

Let them go. I'll through Gloucestershire, and

there will I visit Master Robert Shallow, Esquire. I

have him already tempering between my finger and my
temper (v.) 2 mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character]

thumb, and shortly will I seal with him. Come away.
seal (v.) 3 make final arrangements, come to an agreement

Exeunt

 
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