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Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. Nym. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good humours: I will say marry trap with you, if you run the base humour on me; that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it; for tho' I cannot remember what I did when you

made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass,

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ?

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five fentences.

Eva. It is his five senses : fy, what the ignorance is! Bard. And being fap, Sir, was, as they say, cashier'd ; and so conclusions past the car-eires.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no matter; I'll never be drunk whilft I live again, but in honeft, civil, godly company, for this trick; if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

Eva. So Got udg me, that is a virtuous mind. Fal. You hear all these matters deny’d, gentlemen; you hear it.

Enter Mistress Ann Page, with wine. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink

[Exit Ann Page. Slen. O heav'n ! this is mistress Ann Page,

Enter Mistress Ford and Misfress Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford? Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very wellmet; by your leave, good mistress.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: come, we have a hot venison palty to dinner ; come, gentle. men; I hope, we shall drink down all unkindness.

[Exe. Fal. Page, &c. Manent Shallow, Evans, and Slender. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my


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book of songs and sonnets here.



Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been ? I must wait on myself, mult I? you have not the book of riddles about you, have you?

Simp. Book of riddles! why, did you not lend it to Alice Skortcake (4) upon All-ballowmas laft, a fortnight afore Martlemas ?

Shal. Come, coz; come, coz ; we stay for you: a word with you, coz; marry this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here; do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable: if it be fo, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. So I do, Sir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr. Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do, as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a juftice of peace in his country, simple tho' I stand here.

Eva. But ihat is not the question : the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir.

Lva. Marry, is it; the very point of it, to Mrs. Ann Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any reafonable demands.

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philofophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the

(4! Upin Allhallowmas laft, a fortnight afore Michaelmas.] Sure, Simple's a little out in his reckoning. Alkalowmas is almost five weeks after Michailmas. But may it not be urg'd, it is design'd, Sirople should appear thuo ignorant, to keep up character? I think,

The finpleft creatures (nay, even naturals) generally are very pecise in the knowledge of feitivals, and marking how ti e feasons 5:n: And therefore I have ventur'd to suspect, our Poet wrote Murtimas, es : he vulgar call it; which is near a fortnight after AllSaints day, i. e. eleven days, both inclufive,


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no great decrease it upon

mind: therefore precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid ?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Slen. I hope, Sir; I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's Lords and his Ladies, you must speak poffitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her. Sbal. That


muft: will you, upon good dowry, ? Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: can you love the Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request : but if

great love in the beginning, yet heav'n

better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occafion to know one another: (5) I hope, u poni

will grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that i ail freely diffolved, and diffolutely.

Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer ; fave, the fall is in th’ort disolutely : the ort is, according to our meaning, refolutely; his meaning is good.

Shal. Ay, I think, my cousin meant well.
Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hang'd, la.

Enter Mistress Ann Page. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Ann : would I were young

for your fake, mitress Ann. Ann. The dinner is on the table; my father de fires your worship’s company.

(5) I bape, upon familiarity will grow more content.] Certain'ı, the Editors in their fagacity have murder'd a jest here. It is delign’d, Jolwed and diffelietely, instead of refolved and resolutely : bit to make him say, on the present occasion, that upon familiarity will grov more content, in{tead of contempt, is difarming the sentiment of all its salt and humour, and disappointing the audience of a reasonable cause


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Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Ann,

Eva. Od's plessed will, I will not be absence at the grace

[Exe. Shallow and Evans. Ann. Will't please your worship to come in, Sir! S'en. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am Ann. The dinner attends you, Sir.

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow : [Exit Simple.] a justice of peace fometime may be beholden to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

Ann. I may not go in without your worship; they will not fit, 'till you come.

Slen. I’faith, I'll eat nothing ; I thank you as much as though I did,

Ann. I pray you, Sir, walk in.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I bruis'd my fhin th’other day with playing at sword and dagger with a matter of fence, three veneys for a dish of Stew'd franes ; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since.' Why do your dogs bark fy? be there bears i'th' town?

Ann. I think, there are, Sir; I heard them talk'd of.

Sler. I love the sport we'l, but I shall as foon quarrel at it as any man in England. You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ?

Ann. Ay, indeed, Sir.

Sleiz. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen Sackerson loose twenty times, and have taken him by the chain ; but, I warrant you, the women have so cry'd and shriek’d at it, that it paft : but women; indeed, cannot abide 'em, they are very

ill-favour'd sough things.

Enter Mr. Page.
Page. Come, gentle Mr. Slender,come; we stay for you.
Sen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, Sir.

Page. By cock and pye, you mall not chase, Sir; coure i coine.



Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way.
Page. Come on, Sir.
Slen. Mistress Ann, yourself tall go firft.
Ann. Not I, Sir ; pray you, keep on.

Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly-la: I will not do you

that wrong. Ann. I pray you, Sir.

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly, than troublesome ; you do yourself wrong, indeed-la.

[Exeunt. Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius' house which is the way; and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.

Simp. Well, Sir.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter; for it is a o'man that altogethers acquaintance with mistress Ann Page ; and the letter is to desire and require her to folicit your master's desires to mistress Ann Page: I pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner ; there's pippins and cheese to come.

[Exeunt severally. SCENE changes to the Garter-Inn. Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Piftol and Robin. Fal. IN E host of the garter, M

Hoft. What says my bully rock ? speak fchollarly, and wisely.

Fal. Truly, mine hoft, I must turn away some of my followers.

Hoft. Discard, bully Hercules, cashier ; let them wag; trot, trot.

Fal. 1 fit at ten pounds a week.
Hoft. Thou’rt an Emperor, Cæfar, Keisar and Phea-

I will entertain Bardolph, he shall draw, he shall tap; said I well, bully Hector ! Fal. Do fo, good mine hoft.



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