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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act V, Scene 4

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Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act V, Scene 4

London . A street .

  1. Enter Beadle and three or four Officers with Hostess Quickly
  2. and Doll Tearsheet .

Mistress Quickly

1 - 3
  1. No , thou arrant knave , I would to God that I might die , that
  2. I might have thee hang’d . Thou hast drawn my shoulder out of
  3. joint .

Beadle

4 - 6
  1. The constables have deliver’d her over to me , and she shall
  2. have whipping cheer , I warrant her . There hath been a man or
  3. two kill’d about her .

Doll Tearsheet

7 - 10
  1. Nuthook , nuthook , you lie . Come on ! I’ll tell thee what ,
    Feb 25, 2019 Miko
    “Nuthook” was slang for a beadle. The word literally means a hooked stick for pulling down branches of nut trees for harvest.
  2. thou damn’d tripe - visag’d rascal , and the child I go with do
    Feb 25, 2019 Miko
    In this insult, Doll is saying to the Beadle (or possibly one of the officers) that his face resembles tripe (the intestine of an ox).
  3. miscarry , thou wert better thou hadst struck thy mother ,
  4. thou paper - fac’d villain !
    Feb 25, 2019 Miko
    Has a pale face, i.e. as white as paper.

Mistress Quickly

11 - 13
  1. O the Lord , that Sir John were come ! I would make this a
  2. bloody day to somebody . But I pray God the fruit of her womb
  3. miscarry .

Beadle

14 - 16
  1. If it do , you shall have a dozen of cushions again ; you have
  2. but eleven now . Come , I charge you both go with me , for the
  3. man is dead that you and Pistol beat amongst you .

Doll Tearsheet

17 - 20
  1. I’ll tell you what , you thin man in a censer , I will have
    Feb 25, 2019 Miko
    A censer is a container used for burning incense. Scholars are not agreed what Doll meant by this comment. In Shakespeare's day, censers had thin human figures carved in the lids, so it is supposed that Doll is calling the beadle thin.
  2. you as soundly swing’d for this you blue - bottle rogue , you
  3. filthy famish’d correctioner , if you be not swing’d , I’ll
  4. forswear half - kirtles .

Beadle

21
  1. Come , come , you she knight - arrant , come .

Mistress Quickly

22 - 23
  1. O God , that right should thus overcome might ! Well , of
  2. sufferance comes ease .

Doll Tearsheet

24
  1. Come , you rogue , come bring me to a justice .

Mistress Quickly

25
  1. Ay , come , you starv’d bloodhound .

Doll Tearsheet

26
  1. Goodman Death , goodman Bones !

Mistress Quickly

27
  1. Thou atomy , thou !

Doll Tearsheet

28
  1. Come , you thin thing , come , you rascal .

Beadle

29
  1. Very well .
  1. Exeunt .
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