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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Act III, Scene 4

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act III, Scene 4

A room in Page’s house.

  1. Enter Fenton, Anne Page.

Fenton

1 - 2
  1. I see I cannot get thy father’s love,
  2. Therefore no more turn me to him, sweet Nan.

Anne

3
  1. Alas, how then?

Fenton

4 - 11
  1.                 Why, thou must be thyself.
  2. He doth object I am too great of birth,
  3. And that my state being gall’d with my expense,
  4. I seek to heal it only by his wealth.
  5. Besides these, other bars he lays before me,
  6. My riots past, my wild societies,
  7. And tells me ’tis a thing impossible
  8. I should love thee but as a property.

Anne

12
  1. May be he tells you true.

Fenton

13 - 19
  1. No, heaven so speed me in my time to come!
  2. Albeit I will confess thy father’s wealth
  3. Was the first motive that I woo’d thee, Anne;
  4. Yet wooing thee, I found thee of more value
  5. Than stamps in gold, or sums in sealed bags;
  6. And ’tis the very riches of thyself
  7. That now I aim at.

Anne

20 - 23
  1.                    Gentle Master Fenton,
  2. Yet seek my father’s love, still seek it, sir.
  3. If opportunity and humblest suit
  4. Cannot attain it, why then hark you hither!
  1. They converse apart.
  1. Enter Shallow, Slender, Mistress Quickly.

Shallow

24 - 25
  1. Break their talk, Mistress Quickly, my kinsman shall speak
  2. for himself.

Slender

26
  1. I’ll make a shaft or a bolt on’t. ’Slid, ’tis but venturing.

Shallow

27
  1. Be not dismay’d.

Slender

28 - 29
  1. No, she shall not dismay me. I care not for that, but that I
  2. am afeard.

Mistress Quickly

30
  1. Hark ye, Master Slender would speak a word with you.

Anne

31 - 34
  1. I come to him.
  2. Aside.
  3.                This is my father’s choice.
  4. O, what a world of vild ill-favor’d faults
  5. Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!

Mistress Quickly

35
  1. And how does good Master Fenton? Pray you a word with you.

Shallow

36
  1. She’s coming; to her, coz. O boy, thou hadst a father!

Slender

37 - 39
  1. I had a father, Mistress Anne, my uncle can tell you good
  2. jests of him. Pray you, uncle, tell Mistress Anne the jest
  3. how my father stole two geese out of a pen, good uncle.

Shallow

40
  1. Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you.

Slender

41 - 42
  1. Ay, that I doas well as I love any woman in
  2. Gloucestershire.

Shallow

43
  1. He will maintain you like a gentlewoman.

Slender

44 - 45
  1. Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tail, under the degree of
  2. a squire.

Shallow

46
  1. He will make you a hundred and fifty pounds jointure.

Anne

47
  1. Good Master Shallow, let him woo for himself.

Shallow

48 - 49
  1. Marry, I thank you for it; I thank you for that good
  2. comfort. She calls you, coz. I’ll leave you.

Anne

50
  1. Now, Master Slender

Slender

51
  1. Now, good Mistress Anne

Anne

52
  1. What is your will?

Slender

53 - 55
  1. My will? ’Od’s heartlings, that’s a pretty jest indeed! I
  2. ne’er made my will yet, I thank heaven. I am not such a
  3. sickly creature, I give heaven praise.

Anne

56
  1. I mean, Master Slender, what would you with me?

Slender

57 - 61
  1. Truly, for mine own part, I would little or nothing with
  2. you. Your father and my uncle hath made motions. If it be my
  3. luck, so; if not, happy man be his dole! They can tell you
  4. how things go better than I can. You may ask your father,
  5. here he comes.
  1. Enter Page, Mistress Page.

George

62 - 65
  1. Now, Master Slender. Love him, daughter Anne.
  2. Why, how now? What does Master Fenton here?
  3. You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
  4. I told you, sir, my daughter is dispos’d of.

Fenton

66
  1. Nay, Master Page, be not impatient.

Mistress Page

67
  1. Good Master Fenton, come not to my child.

George

68
  1. She is no match for you.

Fenton

69
  1. Sir, will you hear me?

George

70 - 72
  1.                        No, good Master Fenton.
  2. Come, Master Shallow; come, son Slender, in.
  3. Knowing my mind, you wrong me, Master Fenton.
  1. Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender.

Mistress Quickly

73
  1. Speak to Mistress Page.

Fenton

74 - 78
  1. Good Mistress Page, for that I love your daughter
  2. In such a righteous fashion as I do,
  3. Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners,
  4. I must advance the colors of my love,
  5. And not retire. Let me have your good will.

Anne

79
  1. Good mother, do not marry me to yond fool.

Mistress Page

80
  1. I mean it not, I seek you a better husband.

Mistress Quickly

81
  1. That’s my master, Master Doctor.

Anne

82 - 83
  1. Alas, I had rather be set quick i’ th’ earth,
  2. And bowl’d to death with turnips!

Mistress Page

84 - 89
  1. Come, trouble not yourself. Good Master Fenton,
  2. I will not be your friend nor enemy.
  3. My daughter will I question how she loves you,
  4. And as I find her, so am I affected.
  5. Till then farewell, sir; she must needs go in,
  6. Her father will be angry.

Fenton

90
  1. Farewell, gentle mistress; farewell, Nan.
  1. Exeunt Mrs. Page and Anne.

Mistress Quickly

91 - 93
  1. This is my doing now. Nay,” said I, will you cast away
  2. your child on a fool, and a physician? Look on Master
  3. Fenton.” This is my doing.

Fenton

94 - 95
  1. I thank thee; and I pray thee, once tonight
  2. Give my sweet Nan this ring. There’s for thy pains.

Mistress Quickly

96 - 104
  1. Now heaven send thee good fortune!
  2. Exit Fenton.
  3. A kind heart he hath. A woman would run through fire and
  4. water for such a kind heart. But yet I would my master had
  5. Mistress Anne; or I would Master Slender had her; or, in
  6. sooth, I would Master Fenton had her. I will do what I can
  7. for them all three, for so I have promis’d, and I’ll be as
  8. good as my word, but speciously for Master Fenton. Well, I
  9. must of another errand to Sir John Falstaff from my two
  10. mistresses. What a beast am I to slack it!
  1. Exit.
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