Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act III, Scene 2
Gloucestershire . Court before Shallow’s house .
- Enter Justice Shallow and Justice Silence , meeting ; Mouldy ,
- Shadow , Wart , Feeble , Bullcalf , and Servants behind .
Shallow1 - 3
- Come on , come on , come on , give me your hand , sir , give me
- your hand , sir . An early stirrer , by the rood ! And how doth
- my good cousin Silence ?
- Good morrow , good cousin Shallow .
Shallow5 - 6
- And how doth my cousin , your bedfellow ? And your fairest
- daughter and mine , my goddaughter Ellen ?
- Alas , a black woosel , cousin Shallow !
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- By yea and no , sir . I dare say my cousin William is become a
- good scholar . He is at Oxford still , is he not ?
- Indeed , sir , to my cost .
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- ’A must then to the Inns a’ Court shortly . I was once of
- Clement’s Inn , where I think they will talk of mad Shallow
- yet .
- You were call’d lusty Shallow then , cousin .
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- By the mass , I was call’d any thing , and I would have done
- any thing indeed too , and roundly too . There was I , and
- little John Doit of Staffords hire , and black George Barnes ,
- and Francis Pickbone , and Will Squele , a Cotsole man . You
- had not four such swingebucklers in all the Inns a’ Court
- again ; and I may say to you , we knew where the bona robas
- were and had the best of them all at commandment . Then was
- Jack Falstaff , now Sir John , a boy , and page to Thomas
- Mowbray , Duke of Norfolk .
Silence24 - 25
- This Sir John , cousin , that comes hither anon about
- soldiers ?
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- The same Sir John , the very same . I see him break Scoggin’s
- head at the court - gate , when ’a was a crack not thus high ;
- and the very same day did I fight with one Samson Stockfish ,
- a fruiterer , behind Gray’s Inn . Jesu , Jesu , the mad days
- that I have spent ! And to see how many of my old
- acquaintance are dead !
- We shall all follow , cousin .
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- Certain , ’tis certain , very sure , very sure . Death , as the
- Psalmist saith , is certain to all , all shall die . How a good
- yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair ?
- By my troth , I was not there .
- Death is certain . Is old Double of your town living yet ?
- Dead , sir .
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- Jesu , Jesu , dead ! ’A drew a good bow , and dead ! ’A shot a
- fine shoot . John a’ Gaunt lov’d him well , and betted much
- money on his head . Dead ! ’A would have clapp’d i’ th’ clout
- at twelvescore , and carried you a forehand shaft a fourteen
- and fourteen and a half , that it would have done a man’s
- heart good to see . How a score of ewes now ?
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- Thereafter as they be , a score of good ewes may be worth ten
- pounds .
- And is old Double dead ?
- Here come two of Sir John Falstaff’s men , as I think .
- Enter Bardolph and one with him .
- Good morrow , honest gentlemen .
- I beseech you , which is Justice Shallow ?
Shallow51 - 53
- I am Robert Shallow , sir , a poor esquire of this county , and
- one of the King’s justices of the peace . What is your good
- pleasure with me ?
Bardolph54 - 56
- My captain , sir , commends him to you , my captain , Sir John
- Falstaff , a tall gentleman , by heaven , and a most gallant
- leader .
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- He greets me well , sir . I knew him a good backsword man . How
- doth the good knight ? May I ask how my lady his wife doth ?
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- Sir , pardon , a soldier is better accommodated than with a
- wife .
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- It is well said , in faith , sir , and it is well said indeed
- too . Better accommodated ! It is good , yea indeed is it . Good
- phrases are surely , and ever were , very commendable .
- Accommodated ! It comes of accommodo , very good , a good
- phrase .
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- Pardon , sir , I have heard the word . Phrase call you it ? By
- this day , I know not the phrase , but I will maintain the
- word with my sword to be a soldier - like word , and a word of
- exceeding good command , by heaven . Accommodated : that is ,
- when a man is , as they say , accommodated , or when a man is
- being whereby ’a may be thought to be accommodated — which is
- an excellent thing .
- Enter Falstaff .
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- It is very just . Look , here comes good Sir John . Give me
- your good hand , give me your worship’s good hand . By my
- troth , you like well and bear your years very well . Welcome ,
- good Sir John .
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- I am glad to see you well , good Master Robert Shallow .
- Master Surecard , as I think ?
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- No , Sir John , it is my cousin Silence , in commission with
- me .
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- Good Master Silence , it well befits you should be of the
- peace .
- Your good worship is welcome .
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- Fie , this is hot weather , gentlemen . Have you provided me
- here half a dozen sufficient men ?
- Marry , have we , sir . Will you sit ?
- Let me see them , I beseech you .
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- Where’s the roll ? Where’s the roll ? Where’s the roll ? Let me
- see , let me see , let me see . So , so , so , so , so , so , so ;
- yea , marry , sir . Rafe Mouldy ! Let them appear as I call ; let
- them do so , let them do so . Let me see , where is Mouldy ?
- Here , and’t please you .
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- What think you , Sir John ? A good - limb’d fellow , young ,
- strong , and of good friends .
- Is thy name Mouldy ?
- Yea , and’t please you .
- ’Tis the more time thou wert us’d .
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- Ha , ha , ha ! Most excellent , i’ faith ! Things that are moldy
- lack use . Very singular good , in faith , well said , Sir John ,
- very well said .
- Prick him .
Mouldy102 - 105
- I was prick’d well enough before , and you could have let me
- alone . My old dame will be undone now for one to do her
- husbandry and her drudgery . You need not to have prick’d me ,
- there are other men fitter to go out than I .
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- Go to , peace , Mouldy , you shall go . Mouldy , it is time you
- were spent .
- Spent ?
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- Peace , fellow , peace , stand aside , know you where you are ?
- For th’ other , Sir John , let me see : Simon Shadow !
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- Yea , marry , let me have him to sit under , he’s like to be a
- cold soldier .
- Where’s Shadow ?
- Here , sir .
- Shadow , whose son art thou ?
- My mother’s son , sir .
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- Thy mother’s son ! Like enough , and thy father’s shadow . So
- the son of the female is the shadow of the male . It is often
- so indeed , but much of the father’s substance !
- Do you like him , Sir John ?
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- Shadow will serve for summer , prick him , aside for we have a
- number of shadows fill up the muster - book .
- Thomas Wart !
- Where’s he ?
- Here , sir .
- Is thy name Wart ?
- Yea , sir .
- Thou art a very ragged wart .
- Shall I prick him , Sir John ?
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- It were superfluous , for ’s apparel is built upon his back ,
- and the whole frame stands upon pins . Prick him no more .
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- Ha , ha , ha ! You can do it , sir , you can do it , I commend you
- well . Francis Feeble !
- Here , sir .
- What trade art thou , Feeble ?
- A woman’s tailor , sir .
- Shall I prick him , sir ?
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- You may , but if he had been a man’s tailor , he’d ’a’ prick’d
- you . Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy’s battle as
- thou hast done in a woman’s petticoat ?
- I will do my good will , sir , you can have no more .
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- Well said , good woman’s tailor ! Well said , courageous
- Feeble ! Thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most
- magnanimous mouse . Prick the woman’s tailor . Well , Master
- Shallow , deep , Master Shallow .
- I would Wart might have gone , sir .
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- I would thou wert a man’s tailor , that thou mightst mend him
- and make him fit to go . I cannot put him to a private
- soldier that is the leader of so many thousands . Let that
- suffice , most forcible Feeble .
- It shall suffice , sir .
- I am bound to thee , reverend Feeble . Who is next ?
- Peter Bullcalf o’ th’ green !
- Yea , marry , let’s see Bullcalf .
- Here , sir .
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- ’Fore God , a likely fellow ! Come prick Bullcalf till he roar
- again .
- O Lord , good my lord captain —
- What , dost thou roar before thou art prick’d ?
- O Lord , sir , I am a diseas’d man .
- What disease hast thou ?
Bullcalf162 - 163
- A whoreson cold , sir , a cough , sir , which I caught with
- ringing in the King’s affairs upon his coronation - day , sir .
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- Come , thou shalt go to the wars in a gown . We will have away
- thy cold , and I will take such order that thy friends shall
- ring for thee . Is here all ?
Shallow167 - 168
- Here is two more call’d than your number , you must have but
- four here , sir . And so I pray you go in with me to dinner .
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- Come , I will go drink with you , but I cannot tarry dinner . I
- am glad to see you , by my troth , Master Shallow .
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- O Sir John , do you remember since we lay all night in the
- Windmill in Saint George’s Field ?
- No more of that , Master Shallow , no more of that .
- Ha , ’twas a merry night . And is Jane Nightwork alive ?
- She lives , Master Shallow .
- She never could away with me .
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- Never , never , she would always say she could not abide
- Master Shallow .
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- By the mass , I could anger her to th’ heart . She was then a
- bona roba . Doth she hold her own well ?
- Old , old , Master Shallow .
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- Nay , she must be old , she cannot choose but be old , certain
- she’s old , and had Robin Nightwork by old Nightwork before I
- came to Clement’s Inn .
- That’s fifty - five year ago .
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- Ha , cousin Silence , that thou hadst seen that that this
- knight and I have seen ! Ha , Sir John , said I well ?
- We have heard the chimes at midnight , Master Shallow .
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- That we have , that we have , that we have , in faith , Sir
- John , we have . Our watch - word was “ Hem , boys !” Come let’s to
- dinner , come let’s to dinner . Jesus , the days that we have
- seen ! Come , come .
- Exeunt Falstaff and the Justices .
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- Good Master Corporate Bardolph , stand my friend , and here’s
- four Harry ten shillings in French crowns for you . In very
- truth , sir , I had as live be hang’d , sir , as go , and yet for
- mine own part , sir , I do not care , but rather , because I am
- unwilling , and for mine own part , have a desire to stay with
- my friends , else , sir , I did not care for mine own part so
- much .
- Go to , stand aside .
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- And , good Master Corporal Captain , for my old dame’s sake
- stand my friend . She has nobody to do any thing about her
- when I am gone , and she is old , and cannot help herself . You
- shall have forty , sir .
- Go to , stand aside .
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- By my troth I care not ; a man can die but once , we owe God a
- death . I’ll ne’er bear a base mind . And’t be my dest’ny , so ;
- and’t be not , so . No man’s too good to serve ’s prince , and
- let it go which way it will , he that dies this year is quit
- for the next .
- Well said , th’ art a good fellow .
- Faith , I’ll bear no base mind .
- Enter Falstaff and the Justices .
- Come , sir , which men shall I have ?
- Four of which you please .
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- To Falstaff .
- Sir , a word with you .
- Aside .
- I have three pound to free Mouldy and Bullcalf .
- Go to , well .
- Come , Sir John , which four will you have ?
- Do you choose for me .
- Marry , then , Mouldy , Bullcalf , Feeble , and Shadow .
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- Mouldy and Bullcalf ! For you , Mouldy , stay at home till you
- are past service ; and for your part , Bullcalf , grow till you
- come unto it . I will none of you .
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- Sir John , Sir John , do not yourself wrong . They are your
- likeliest men , and I would have you serv’d with the best .
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- Will you tell me , Master Shallow , how to choose a man ? Care
- I for the limb , the thews , the stature , bulk , and big
- assemblance of a man ? Give me the spirit , Master Shallow .
- Here’s Wart , you see what a ragged appearance it is . ’A
- shall charge you and discharge you with the motion of a
- pewterer’s hammer , come off and on swifter than he that
- gibbets on the brewer’s bucket . And this same half - fac’d
- fellow , Shadow , give me this man . He presents no mark to the
- enemy , the foeman may with as great aim level at the edge of
- a penknife . And for a retreat , how swiftly will this Feeble
- the woman’s tailor run off ! O , give me the spare men , and
- spare me the great ones . Put me a caliver into Wart’s hand ,
- Bardolph .
- Hold , Wart , traverse ! Thas , thas , thas .
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- Come manage me your caliver . So — very well , go to , very good ,
- exceeding good . O , give me always a little , lean , old ,
- chopp’d , bald shot . Well said , i’ faith , Wart , th’ art a
- good scab . Hold , there’s a tester for thee .
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- He is not his craft’s master , he doth not do it right . I
- remember at Mile - end Green , when I lay at Clement’s Inn — I
- was then Sir Dagonet in Arthur’s show — there was a little
- quiver fellow , and ’a would manage you his piece thus , and
- ’a would about and about , and come you in and come you in .
- “ Rah , tah , tah ,” would ’a say , “ bounce ,” would ’a say , and
- away again would ’a go , and again would ’a come . I shall
- ne’er see such a fellow .
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- These fellows woll do well , Master Shallow . God keep you ,
- Master Silence , I will not use many words with you . Fare you
- well , gentlemen both , I thank you . I must a dozen mile
- tonight . Bardolph , give the soldiers coats .
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- Sir John , the Lord bless you ! God prosper your affairs ! God
- send us peace ! At your return visit our house , let our old
- acquaintance be renew’d . Peradventure I will with ye to the
- court .
- ’Fore God , would you would .
- Go to , I have spoke at a word . God keep you !
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- Fare you well , gentle gentlemen .
- Exeunt Justices .
- On , Bardolph , lead the men away .
- Exeunt Bardolph , recruits , etc .
- As I return , I will fetch off these justices . I do see the
- bottom of Justice Shallow . Lord , Lord , how subject we old
- men are to this vice of lying ! This same starv’d justice
- hath done nothing but prate to me of the wildness of his
- youth , and the feats he hath done about Turnbull Street , and
- every third word a lie , duer paid to the hearer than the
- Turk’s tribute . I do remember him at Clement’s Inn , like a
- man made after supper of a cheese - paring . When ’a was naked ,
- he was for all the world like a fork’d redish , with a head
- fantastically carv’d upon it with a knife . ’A was so
- forlorn , that his dimensions to any thick sight were
- invisible . ’A was the very genius of famine , yet lecherous
- as a monkey , and the whores call’d him mandrake . ’A came
- ever in the rearward of the fashion , and sung those tunes to
- the overscutch’d huswives that he heard the carmen whistle ,
- and sware they were his fancies or his good - nights . And now
- is this Vice’s dagger become a squire , and talks as
- familiarly of John a’ Gaunt as if he had been sworn brother
- to him , and I’ll be sworn ’a ne’er saw him but once in the
- Tilt - yard , and then he burst his head for crowding among the
- marshal’s men . I saw it , and told John a’ Gaunt he beat his
- own name , for you might have thrust him and all his apparel
- into an eel - skin . The case of a treble hoboy was a mansion
- for him , a court , and now has he land and beefs ! Well , I’ll
- be acquainted with him if I return , and’t shall go hard but
- I’ll make him a philosopher’s two stones to me . If the young
- dace be a bait for the old pike , I see no reason in the law
- of nature but I may snap at him : let time shape , and there
- an end .
- Exit .