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!
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;
and again, sir – shall we sow the hade land with wheat?
With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook –
are there no young pigeons?
Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's note for shoeing
Let it be cast and paid. Sir John, you shall not
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
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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.
Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?
Yea, Davy. I will use him well; a friend
i'th' court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men
well, Davy, for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
No worse than they are backbitten, sir, for they
have marvellous foul linen.
Well conceited, Davy – about thy business,
I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of
Woncot against Clement Perkes o'th' Hill.
There is many complaints, Davy, against that
Visor; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
I grant your worship that he is a knave, sir; but yet
God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance
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
honest man, I have little credit with your worship. The
knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech
you, let him be countenanced.
Go to; I say he shall have no wrong. Look
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.
Bardolph, look to our horses.
Exeunt Bardolph and Page
If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four
dozen of such bearded hermits' staves as Master Shallow.
It is a wonderful thing to see the semblable
coherence of his men's spirits and his. They, by
observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices;
he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like
servingman. Their spirits are so married in conjunction,
with the participation of society, that they flock together
in consent, like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to
Master Shallow, I would humour his men with the
imputation of being near their master; if to his men, I
would curry with Master Shallow that no man could
better command his servants. It is certain that either
wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take
diseases, one of another; therefore let men take heed
of their company. I will devise matter enough out of
this Shallow to keep Prince Harry in continual laughter
the wearing out of six fashions, which is four terms, or
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any of four periods of activity within the legal year [Michaelmas, Hilary, Easter, Trinity]
two actions, and 'a shall laugh without intervallums. O,
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
in his shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh till his face
be like a wet cloak ill laid up!
I come, Master Shallow, I come, Master