Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act V, Scene 4
London . A street .
- Enter Beadle and three or four Officers with Hostess Quickly
- and Doll Tearsheet .
Mistress Quickly1 - 3
- No , thou arrant knave , I would to God that I might die , that
- I might have thee hang’d . Thou hast drawn my shoulder out of
- joint .
Beadle4 - 6
- The constables have deliver’d her over to me , and she shall
- have whipping cheer , I warrant her . There hath been a man or
- two kill’d about her .
Doll Tearsheet7 - 10
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.
Feb 25, 2019 MikoIn this insult, Doll is saying to the Beadle (or possibly one of the officers) that his face resembles tripe (the intestine of an ox).
- miscarry , thou wert better thou hadst struck thy mother ,
Feb 25, 2019 MikoHas a pale face, i.e. as white as paper.
Mistress Quickly11 - 13
- O the Lord , that Sir John were come ! I would make this a
- bloody day to somebody . But I pray God the fruit of her womb
- miscarry .
Beadle14 - 16
- If it do , you shall have a dozen of cushions again ; you have
- but eleven now . Come , I charge you both go with me , for the
- man is dead that you and Pistol beat amongst you .
Doll Tearsheet17 - 20
Feb 25, 2019 MikoA 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.
- you as soundly swing’d for this — you blue - bottle rogue , you
- filthy famish’d correctioner , if you be not swing’d , I’ll
- forswear half - kirtles .
- Come , come , you she knight - arrant , come .
Mistress Quickly22 - 23
- O God , that right should thus overcome might ! Well , of
- sufferance comes ease .
- Come , you rogue , come bring me to a justice .
- Ay , come , you starv’d bloodhound .
- Goodman Death , goodman Bones !
- Thou atomy , thou !
- Come , you thin thing , come , you rascal .
- Very well .
- Exeunt .