The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act I, Scene 1
Windsor. A street in front of Page’s house.
- Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, Sir Hugh
Shallow1 - 4
- Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Star
- Chamber matter of it. If he were twenty Sir John
- Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow,
Slender5 - 6
- In the county of Gloucester, Justice of Peace
- and Coram.
- Ay, cousin Slender, and Custa-lorum.
Slender8 - 11
- Ay, and Rato-lorum too; and a gentleman born,
- Master Parson, who writes himself Armigero, in
- any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation,
Shallow12 - 13
- Ay, that I do, and have done any time these
- three hundred years.
Slender14 - 17
- All his successors (gone before him) hath
- done’t; and all his ancestors (that come after
- him) may. They may give the dozen white luces
- in their coat.
- It is an old coat.
Evans19 - 21
- The dozen white louses do become an old coat
- well; it agrees well, passant. It is a familiar
- beast to man, and signifies love.
Shallow22 - 23
- The luce is the fresh fish, the salt fish is an old
- I may quarter, coz.
- You may, by marrying.
- It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
- Not a whit.
Evans28 - 34
- Yes, py’r lady. If he has a quarter of your coat,
- there is but three skirts for yourself, in my
- simple conjectures. But that is all one. If Sir
- John Falstaff have committed disparagements
- unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to
- do my benevolence to make atonements and
- compromises between you.
- The Council shall hear it, it is a riot.
Evans36 - 39
- It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there is no
- fear of Got in a riot. The Council, look you, shall
- desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a
- riot. Take your vizaments in that.
Shallow40 - 41
- Ha! O’ my life, if I were young again, the sword
- should end it.
Evans42 - 46
- It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it;
- and there is also another device in my prain,
- which peradventure prings goot discretions with
- it: there is Anne Page, which is daughter to
- Master George Page, which is pretty virginity.
Slender47 - 48
- Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and
- speaks small like a woman.
Evans49 - 57
- It is that fery person for all the orld, as just as
- you will desire, and seven hundred pounds of
- moneys, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire
- upon his death’s-bed (Got deliver to a joyful
- resurrections!) give, when she is able to
- overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot
- motion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles,
- and desire a marriage between Master
- Abraham and Mistress Anne Page.
Slender58 - 59
- Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred
- Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.
Slender61 - 62
- I know the young gentlewoman, she has good
Evans63 - 64
- Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is
- goot gifts.
Shallow65 - 66
- Well, let us see honest Master Page. Is Falstaff
Evans67 - 72
- Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar as I do
- despise one that is false, or as I despise one
- that is not true. The knight Sir John is there,
- and I beseech you be rul’d by your well-willers. I
- will peat the door for Master Page.
- What ho! Got pless your house here!
- Who’s there?
- Enter Page.
Evans74 - 77
- Here is Got’s plessing, and your friend, and
- Justice Shallow, and here young Master
- Slender, that peradventures shall tell you
- another tale, if matters grow to your likings.
George78 - 79
- I am glad to see your worships well. I thank you
- for my venison, Master Shallow.
Shallow80 - 84
- Master Page, I am glad to see you. Much good
- do it your good heart! I wish’d your venison
- better, it was ill kill’d. How doth good Mistress
- Page?—and I thank you always with my heart,
- la! With my heart.
- Sir, I thank you.
- Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do.
- I am glad to see you, good Master Slender.
Slender88 - 89
- How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard
- say he was outrun on Cotsall.
- It could not be judg’d, sir.
- You’ll not confess, you’ll not confess.
Shallow92 - 93
- That he will not. ’Tis your fault, ’tis your fault; ’tis
- a good dog.
- A cur, sir.
Shallow95 - 97
- Sir! He’s a good dog, and a fair dog—can there
- be more said? He is good, and fair. Is Sir John
- Falstaff here?
George98 - 99
- Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good
- office between you.
- It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.
- He hath wrong’d me, Master Page.
- Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.
Shallow103 - 106
- If it be confess’d, it is not redress’d. Is not that
- so, Master Page? He hath wrong’d me, indeed
- he hath, at a word he hath. Believe me, Robert
- Shallow, esquire, saith he is wrong’d.
- Here comes Sir John.
- Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol.
Falstaff108 - 109
- Now, Master Shallow, you’ll complain of me to
- the King?
Shallow110 - 111
- Knight, you have beaten my men, kill’d
- my deer, and broke open my lodge.
- But not kiss’d your keeper’s daughter?
- Tut, a pin! This shall be answer’d.
Falstaff114 - 115
- I will answer it straight: I have done all this. That
- is now answer’d.
- The Council shall know this.
Falstaff117 - 118
- ’Twere better for you if it were known in
- counsel. You’ll be laugh’d at.
- Pauca verba; Sir John, good worts.
Falstaff120 - 121
- Good worts? Good cabbage. Slender, I broke
- your head; what matter have you against me?
Slender122 - 126
- Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against
- you, and against your cony-catching rascals,
- Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to
- the tavern and made me drunk, and afterward
- pick’d my pocket.
- You Banbury cheese!
- Ay, it is no matter.
- How now, Mephostophilus?
- Ay, it is no matter.
Nym131 - 132
- Slice, I say! Pauca, pauca. Slice, that’s my
- Where’s Simple, my man? Can you tell, cousin?
Evans134 - 139
- Peace, I pray you. Now let us understand.
- There is three umpires in this matter, as I
- understand: that is, Master Page (fidelicet
- Master Page) and there is myself (fidelicet
- myself) and the three party is (lastly and finally)
- mine host of the Garter.
- We three to hear it and end it between them.
Evans141 - 143
- Fery goot. I will make a prief of it in my
- note-book, and we will afterwards ork upon
- the cause with as great discreetly as we can.
- He hears with ears.
Evans146 - 147
- The tevil and his tam! What phrase is this? “He
- hears with ear”? Why, it is affectations.
- Pistol, did you pick Master Slender’s purse?
Slender149 - 154
- Ay, by these gloves, did he, or I would I might
- never come in mine own great chamber again
- else, of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two
- Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling
- and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller—by these
- Is this true, Pistol?
- No, it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Pistol157 - 160
- Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! Sir John, and master mine,
- I combat challenge of this latten bilbo.
- Word of denial in thy labras here!
- Word of denial! Froth and scum, thou liest!
- By these gloves, then ’twas he.
Nym162 - 164
- Be avis’d, sir, and pass good humors. I will say
- “marry trap” with you, if you run the nuthook’s
- humor on me—that is the very note of it.
Slender165 - 167
- By this hat, then he in the red face had it; for
- though I cannot remember what I did when you
- made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.
- What say you, Scarlet and John?
Bardolph169 - 170
- Why, sir, for my part, I say the gentleman had
- drunk himself out of his five sentences.
- It is his five senses. Fie, what the ignorance is!
Bardolph172 - 173
- And being fap, sir, was (as they say) cashier’d;
- and so conclusions pass’d the careers.
Slender174 - 178
- Ay, you spake in Latin then too: but ’tis no
- matter; I’ll ne’er be drunk whilst I live again, but
- in honest, 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.
- So Got udge me, that is a virtuous mind.
Falstaff180 - 181
- You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen;
- you hear it.
- Enter Anne Page with wine, Mistress Ford,
- Mistress Page.
George182 - 183
- Nay, daughter, carry the wine in, we’ll drink
- Exit Anne Page.
- O heaven! This is Mistress Anne Page.
- How now, Mistress Ford?
Falstaff186 - 187
- Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well
- met. By your leave, good mistress.
- Kisses her.
George188 - 191
- Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. Come, we
- have a hot venison pasty to dinner. Come,
- gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all
- Exeunt all except Shallow, Slender, and Evans.
Slender192 - 196
- I had rather than forty shillings I had my Book of
- Songs and Sonnets here.
- Enter Simple.
- How now, Simple, where have you been? I
- must wait on myself, must I? You have not the
- Book of Riddles about you, have you?
Simple197 - 199
- Book of Riddles? Why, did you not lend it
- to Alice Shortcake upon All-hallowmas last, a
- fortnight afore Michaelmas?
Shallow200 - 203
- 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?
Slender204 - 205
- Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable. If it be so,
- I shall do that that is reason.
- Nay, but understand me.
- So I do, sir.
Evans208 - 210
- Give ear to his motions: Master Slender, I will
- description the matter to you, if you be capacity
- of it.
Slender211 - 213
- Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says. I pray
- you pardon me; he’s a Justice of Peace in his
- country, simple though I stand here.
Evans214 - 215
- But that is not the question: the question is
- concerning your marriage.
- Ay, there’s the point, sir.
Evans217 - 218
- Marry, is it; the very point of it—to Mistress
- Anne Page.
Slender219 - 220
- Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any
- reasonable demands.
Evans221 - 226
- But can you affection the oman? Let us
- command to know that of your
- mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers
- hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth.
- Therefore precisely, can you carry your good
- will to the maid?
- Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?
Slender228 - 229
- I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become one that
- would do reason.
Evans230 - 232
- Nay, Got’s lords and his ladies, you must speak
- possitable, if you can carry her your desires
- towards her.
Shallow233 - 234
- That you must. Will you, upon good dowry,
- marry her?
Slender235 - 236
- I will do a greater thing than that, upon your
- request, cousin, in any reason.
Shallow237 - 239
- Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz;
- what I do is to pleasure you, coz. Can you love
- the maid?
Slender240 - 247
- I will marry her, sir, at your request; but if there
- be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven
- may decrease it upon better acquaintance,
- when we are married and have more occasion
- to know one another. I hope, upon familiarity
- will grow more content. But if you say, “Marry
- her,” I will marry her; that I am freely dissolv’d,
- and dissolutely.
Evans248 - 250
- It is a fery discretion answer, save the fall is
- in the ord “dissolutely.” The ort is (according to
- our meaning) “resolutely.” His meaning is good.
- Ay—I think my cousin meant well.
- Ay, or else I would I might be hang’d, la!
Shallow253 - 255
- Here comes fair Mistress Anne.
- Enter Anne Page.
- Would I were young for your sake, Mistress
Anne256 - 257
- The dinner is on the table. My father desires
- your worships’ company.
- I will wait on him, fair Mistress Anne.
Evans259 - 260
- ’Od’s plessed will! I will not be absence at the
- Exeunt Shallow and Evans.
- Will’t please your worship to come in, sir?
Slender262 - 263
- No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am very
- The dinner attends you, sir.
Slender265 - 271
- I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. Go,
- sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my
- cousin Shallow.
- Exit Simple.
- A Justice of Peace sometime may be beholding
- 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.
Anne272 - 273
- I may not go in without your worship; they will
- not sit till you come.
Slender274 - 275
- I’ faith, I’ll eat nothing. I thank you as much as
- though I did.
- I pray you, sir, walk in.
Slender277 - 283
- I had rather walk here, I thank you. I bruis’d my
- shin th’ other day with playing at sword and
- dagger with a master of fence (three veneys for
- a dish of stew’d prunes) and by my troth, I
- cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why
- do your dogs bark so? Be there bears i’ th’
- I think there are, sir, I heard them talk’d of.
Slender285 - 287
- I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel
- at it as any man in England. You are afraid if
- you see the bear loose, are you not?
- Ay indeed, sir.
Slender289 - 294
- 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 cried and shriek’d at it, that it pass’d.
- But women, indeed, cannot abide ’em, they are
- very ill-favor’d rough things.
- Enter Page.
George295 - 296
- Come, gentle Master Slender, come; we stay
- for you.
- I’ll eat nothing, I thank you, sir.
George298 - 299
- By cock and pie, you shall not choose, sir!
- Come, come.
- Nay, pray you lead the way.
- Come on, sir.
- Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.
- Not I, sir, pray you keep on.
Slender304 - 305
- Truly I will not go first; truly la! I will not do you
- that wrong.
- I pray you, sir.
Slender307 - 308
- I’ll rather be unmannerly than troublesome. You
- do yourself wrong indeed la!