The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act III, Scene 4
A room in Page’s house.
- Enter Fenton, Anne Page.
Fenton1 - 2
- I see I cannot get thy father’s love,
- Therefore no more turn me to him, sweet Nan.
- Alas, how then?
Fenton4 - 11
- Why, thou must be thyself.
- He doth object I am too great of birth,
- And that my state being gall’d with my expense,
- I seek to heal it only by his wealth.
- Besides these, other bars he lays before me,
- My riots past, my wild societies,
- And tells me ’tis a thing impossible
- I should love thee but as a property.
- May be he tells you true.
Fenton13 - 19
- No, heaven so speed me in my time to come!
- Albeit I will confess thy father’s wealth
- Was the first motive that I woo’d thee, Anne;
- Yet wooing thee, I found thee of more value
- Than stamps in gold, or sums in sealed bags;
- And ’tis the very riches of thyself
- That now I aim at.
Anne20 - 23
- Gentle Master Fenton,
- Yet seek my father’s love, still seek it, sir.
- If opportunity and humblest suit
- Cannot attain it, why then hark you hither!
- They converse apart.
- Enter Shallow, Slender, Mistress Quickly.
Shallow24 - 25
- Break their talk, Mistress Quickly, my kinsman shall speak
- for himself.
- I’ll make a shaft or a bolt on’t. ’Slid, ’tis but venturing.
- Be not dismay’d.
Slender28 - 29
- No, she shall not dismay me. I care not for that, but that I
- am afeard.
- Hark ye, Master Slender would speak a word with you.
Anne31 - 34
- I come to him.
- This is my father’s choice.
- O, what a world of vild ill-favor’d faults
- Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!
- And how does good Master Fenton? Pray you a word with you.
- She’s coming; to her, coz. O boy, thou hadst a father!
Slender37 - 39
- I had a father, Mistress Anne, my uncle can tell you good
- jests of him. Pray you, uncle, tell Mistress Anne the jest
- how my father stole two geese out of a pen, good uncle.
- Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you.
Slender41 - 42
- Ay, that I do—as well as I love any woman in
- He will maintain you like a gentlewoman.
Slender44 - 45
- Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tail, under the degree of
- a squire.
- He will make you a hundred and fifty pounds jointure.
- Good Master Shallow, let him woo for himself.
Shallow48 - 49
- Marry, I thank you for it; I thank you for that good
- comfort. She calls you, coz. I’ll leave you.
- Now, Master Slender—
- Now, good Mistress Anne—
- What is your will?
Slender53 - 55
- My will? ’Od’s heartlings, that’s a pretty jest indeed! I
- ne’er made my will yet, I thank heaven. I am not such a
- sickly creature, I give heaven praise.
- I mean, Master Slender, what would you with me?
Slender57 - 61
- Truly, for mine own part, I would little or nothing with
- you. Your father and my uncle hath made motions. If it be my
- luck, so; if not, happy man be his dole! They can tell you
- how things go better than I can. You may ask your father,
- here he comes.
- Enter Page, Mistress Page.
George62 - 65
- Now, Master Slender. Love him, daughter Anne.
- Why, how now? What does Master Fenton here?
- You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
- I told you, sir, my daughter is dispos’d of.
- Nay, Master Page, be not impatient.
- Good Master Fenton, come not to my child.
- She is no match for you.
- Sir, will you hear me?
George70 - 72
- No, good Master Fenton.
- Come, Master Shallow; come, son Slender, in.
- Knowing my mind, you wrong me, Master Fenton.
- Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender.
- Speak to Mistress Page.
Fenton74 - 78
- Good Mistress Page, for that I love your daughter
- In such a righteous fashion as I do,
- Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners,
- I must advance the colors of my love,
- And not retire. Let me have your good will.
- Good mother, do not marry me to yond fool.
- I mean it not, I seek you a better husband.
- That’s my master, Master Doctor.
Anne82 - 83
- Alas, I had rather be set quick i’ th’ earth,
- And bowl’d to death with turnips!
Mistress Page84 - 89
- Come, trouble not yourself. Good Master Fenton,
- I will not be your friend nor enemy.
- My daughter will I question how she loves you,
- And as I find her, so am I affected.
- Till then farewell, sir; she must needs go in,
- Her father will be angry.
- Farewell, gentle mistress; farewell, Nan.
- Exeunt Mrs. Page and Anne.
Mistress Quickly91 - 93
- This is my doing now. “Nay,” said I, “will you cast away
- your child on a fool, and a physician? Look on Master
- Fenton.” This is my doing.
Fenton94 - 95
- I thank thee; and I pray thee, once tonight
- Give my sweet Nan this ring. There’s for thy pains.
Mistress Quickly96 - 104
- Now heaven send thee good fortune!
- Exit Fenton.
- A kind heart he hath. A woman would run through fire and
- water for such a kind heart. But yet I would my master had
- Mistress Anne; or I would Master Slender had her; or, in
- sooth, I would Master Fenton had her. I will do what I can
- for them all three, for so I have promis’d, and I’ll be as
- good as my word, but speciously for Master Fenton. Well, I
- must of another errand to Sir John Falstaff from my two
- mistresses. What a beast am I to slack it!