Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Shallow, Falstaff, Bardolph, and the Page


By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away tonight.

What, Davy, I say!


You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.


I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused;

excuses shall not be admitted; there is no excuse shall

serve; you shall not be excused. Why, Davy!

Enter Davy


Here, sir.


Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy! Let me see, Davy;

let me see, Davy; let me see – yea, marry, William cook,

bid him come hither. Sir John, you shall not be excused.


Marry, sir, thus: those precepts cannot be served;
precept (n.) 2 writ, warrant, court order

and again, sir – shall we sow the hade land with wheat?
hade land (n.) strip of land left unploughed in a field


With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook –

are there no young pigeons?


Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's note for shoeing
note (n.) 10 bill, invoice, account

and plough-irons.


Let it be cast and paid. Sir John, you shall not
cast (v.) 1 calculate, reckon, estimate

be excused.


Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be

had. And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's

wages, about the sack he lost at Hinckley fair?


'A shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]

couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any

pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
kickshaw (n.) 2 fancy dish


Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?


Yea, Davy. I will use him well; a friend
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

i'th' court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men

well, Davy, for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
backbite (v.) slander, revile, speak badly [of someone]
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


No worse than they are backbitten, sir, for they

have marvellous foul linen.
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count


Well conceited, Davy – about thy business,
conceited (adj.) 1 ingenious, clever, well-devised



I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of
countenance (v.) 1 approve, support, encourage

Woncot against Clement Perkes o'th' Hill.


There is many complaints, Davy, against that

Visor; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


I grant your worship that he is a knave, sir; but yet

God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance
countenance (n.) 6 favour, patronage, approval

at his friend's request. An honest man, sir, is able

to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have served

your worship truly, sir, this eight years, and if I cannot

once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an
bear out (v.) 2 help out, support, back up

honest man, I have little credit with your worship. The
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech
honest (adj.) 3 genuine, real, true

you, let him be countenanced.
countenance (v.) 1 approve, support, encourage


Go to; I say he shall have no wrong. Look
wrong (n.) 3 wrong-doing, wrongful gain, unjust claim

about, Davy.

Exit Davy

Where are you, Sir John? Come, come, come, off with

your boots. Give me your hand, Master Bardolph.


I am glad to see your worship.


I thank thee with all my heart, kind Master

Bardolph; (to the Page) and welcome, my tall fellow.

Come, Sir John.


I'll follow you, good Master Robert Shallow.

Exit Shallow

Bardolph, look to our horses.

Exeunt Bardolph and Page

If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four
quantity (n.) 1 fragment, little piece, tiny amount

dozen of such bearded hermits' staves as Master Shallow.

It is a wonderful thing to see the semblable
semblable (adj.) similar, like, comparable

coherence of his men's spirits and his. They, by
coherence (n.) correspondence, agreement, harmony

observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices;

he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like
converse (v.) associate, keep company

servingman. Their spirits are so married in conjunction,
conjunction (n.) 1 union, uniting, joining together
marry (v.) 1 join together, unite

with the participation of society, that they flock together
society (n.) 1 companionship, fellowship, association

in consent, like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to
consent (n.) 1 agreement, accord, unanimity, compact

Master Shallow, I would humour his men with the
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

imputation of being near their master; if to his men, I
imputation (n.) reputation, prestige, estimation
near (prep.) 2 intimate with, closely connected with

would curry with Master Shallow that no man could
curry (v.) use flattery, talk fawningly

better command his servants. It is certain that either

wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour

diseases, one of another; therefore let men take heed

of their company. I will devise matter enough out of
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance

this Shallow to keep Prince Harry in continual laughter

the wearing out of six fashions, which is four terms, or
term (n.) 5 any of four periods of activity within the legal year [Michaelmas, Hilary, Easter, Trinity]

two actions, and 'a shall laugh without intervallums. O,
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
intervallum (n.) interval, break between sessions

it is much that a lie with a slight oath, and a jest with a

sad brow, will do with a fellow that never had the ache
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance See Topics: Frequency count
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

in his shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh till his face

be like a wet cloak ill laid up!
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count
lay up (v.) 2 stow away, pack away, store



Sir John!


I come, Master Shallow, I come, Master



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