The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act I, Scene 4
A room in Dr. Caius’s house.
- Enter Mistress Quickly, Simple.
Mistress Quickly1 - 5
- What, John Rugby!
- Enter John Rugby.
- I pray thee go to the casement, and see if you can see my
- master, Master Doctor Caius, coming. If he do, i’ faith, and
- find any body in the house, here will be an old abusing of
- God’s patience and the King’s English.
- I’ll go watch.
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- Go, and we’ll have a posset for’t soon at night, in faith,
- at the latter end of a sea-coal fire.
- Exit Rugby.
- An honest, willing, kind fellow as ever servant shall come
- in house withal; and I warrant you, no tell-tale nor no
- breed-bate. His worst fault is, that he is given to prayer;
- he is something peevish that way; but nobody but has his
- fault—but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is?
- Ay, for fault of a better.
- And Master Slender’s your master?
- Ay, forsooth.
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- Does he not wear a great round beard, like a glover’s
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- No, forsooth; he hath but a little whey-face, with a little
- yellow beard, a Cain-color’d beard.
- A softly-sprighted man, is he not?
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- Ay, forsooth; but he is as tall a man of his hands as any is
- between this and his head. He hath fought with a warrener.
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- How say you? O, I should remember him. Does he not hold up
- his head (as it were) and strut in his gait?
- Yes indeed does he.
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- Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse fortune! Tell Master
- Parson Evans I will do what I can for your master. Anne is a
- good girl, and I wish—
- Enter Rugby.
- Out alas! Here comes my master.
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- We shall all be shent. Run in here, good young man; go into
- this closet. He will not stay long.
- Shuts Simple in the closet.
- What, John Rugby! John! What, John, I say! Go, John, go
- inquire for my master; I doubt he be not well, that he comes
- not home.
- And down, down, adown-a, etc.
- Enter Doctor Caius.
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- Vat is you sing? I do not like des toys. Pray you go and
- vetch me in my closet une boÎte en verd, a box, a green-a
- box. Do intend vat I speak? A green-a box.
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- Ay, forsooth, I’ll fetch it you.
- I am glad he went not in himself; if he had found the young
- man, he would have been horn-mad.
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- Fe, fe, fe, fe! Ma foi, il fait fort chaud. O, je m’en vois
- à la cour—la grande affaire.
- Is it this, sir?
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- Oui, mette le au mon pocket; dépêche, quickly. Vere is dat
- knave Rugby?
- What, John Rugby! John!
- Here, sir!
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- You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Rugby. Come, take-a
- your rapier, and come after my heel to the court.
- ’Tis ready, sir, here in the porch.
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- By my trot, I tarry too long. ’Od’s me! Qu’ai-je oublié?
- Dere is some simples in my closet, dat I vill not for the
- varld I shall leave behind.
- Ay me, he’ll find the young man there, and be mad!
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- O diable, diable! Vat is in my closet? Villainy! Laroon!
- Pulling Simple out.
- Rugby, my rapier!
- Good master, be content.
- Wherefore shall I be content-a?
- The young man is an honest man.
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- What shall de honest man do in my closet? Dere is no honest
- man dat shall come in my closet.
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- I beseech you be not so phlegmatic. Hear the truth of it: he
- came of an errand to me from Parson Hugh.
- Ay, forsooth; to desire her to—
- Peace, I pray you.
- Peace-a your tongue.—Speak-a your tale.
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- To desire this honest gentlewoman, your maid, to speak a
- good word to Mistress Anne Page for my master in the way of
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- This is all indeed la! But I’ll ne’er put my finger in the
- fire, and need not.
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- Sir Hugh send-a you? Rugby, baillez me some paper. Tarry you
- a little-a while.
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- Aside to Simple
- I am glad he is so quiet. If he had been throughly mov’d,
- you should have heard him so loud and so melancholy. But
- notwithstanding, man, I’ll do you your master what good I
- can; and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my
- master (I may call him my master, look you, for I keep his
- house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and
- drink, make the beds, and do all myself)—
- Aside to Quickly
- ’Tis a great charge to come under one body’s hand.
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- Aside to Simple
- Are you avis’d o’ that? You shall find it a great charge;
- and to be up early and down late; but notwithstanding (to
- tell you in your ear, I would have no words of it) my master
- himself is in love with Mistress Anne Page; but
- notwithstanding that, I know Anne’s mind—that’s neither here
- nor there.
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- You jack’nape, give-a this letter to Sir Hugh. By gar, it is
- a shallenge. I will cut his troat in de park; and I will
- teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make— You may
- be gone; it is not good you tarry here. By gar, I will cut
- all his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to
- throw at his dog.
- Exit Simple.
- Alas! He speaks but for his friend.
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- It is no matter-a ver dat. Do not you tell-a me dat I shall
- have Anne Page for myself? By gar, I vill kill de Jack
- priest; and I have appointed mine host of de Jarteer to
- measure our weapon. By gar, I will myself have Anne Page.
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- Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be well. We must give
- folks leave to prate; what the good-jer!
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- Rugby, come to the court with me. By gar, if I have not Anne
- Page, I shall turn your head out of my door. Follow my
- heels, Rugby.
- Exeunt Caius and Rugby.
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- You shall have Anne—fool’s-head of your own. No, I know
- Anne’s mind for that. Never a woman in Windsor knows more of
- Anne’s mind than I do, nor can do more than I do with her, I
- thank heaven.
- Who’s within there, ho?
- Who’s there, I trow? Come near the house, I pray you.
- Enter Fenton.
- How now, good woman, how dost thou?
- The better that it pleases your good worship to ask.
- What news? How does pretty Mistress Anne?
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- In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, and gentle,
- and one that is your friend; I can tell you that by the way,
- I praise heaven for it.
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- Shall I do any good, think’st thou? Shall I not lose my
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- Troth, sir, all is in His hands above. But notwithstanding,
- Master Fenton, I’ll be sworn on a book she loves you. Have
- not your worship a wart above your eye?
- Yes, marry, have I, what of that?
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- Well, thereby hangs a tale. Good faith, it is such another
- Nan; but (I detest) an honest maid as ever broke bread. We
- had an hour’s talk of that wart. I shall never laugh but in
- that maid’s company! But, indeed, she is given too much to
- allicholy and musing; but for you—well—go to.
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- Well; I shall see her today. Hold, there’s money for thee.
- Let me have thy voice in my behalf. If thou seest her before
- me, commend me.
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- Will I? I’ faith, that we will; and I will tell your worship
- more of the wart the next time we have confidence, and of
- other wooers.
- Well, farewell, I am in great haste now.
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- Farewell to your worship.
- Exit Fenton.
- Truly, an honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for I
- know Anne’s mind as well as another does. Out upon’t! What
- have I forgot?