The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act IV, Scene 1
Windsor. A street.
- Enter Mistress Page, Mistress Quickly, William.
- Is he at Master Ford’s already, think’st thou?
Mistress Quickly2 - 4
- Sure he is by this—or will be presently. But truly he is
- very courageous mad about his throwing into the water.
- Mistress Ford desires you to come suddenly.
Mistress Page5 - 8
- I’ll be with her by and by; I’ll but bring my young man here
- to school.
- Enter Evans.
- Look where his master comes; ’tis a playing-day, I see. How
- now, Sir Hugh, no school today?
- No; Master Slender is let the boys leave to play.
- Blessing of his heart!
Mistress Page11 - 13
- Sir Hugh, my husband says my son profits nothing in the
- world at his book. I pray you ask him some questions in his
- Come hither, William; hold up your head; come.
Mistress Page15 - 16
- Come on, sirrah; hold up your head. Answer your master, be
- not afraid.
- William, how many numbers is in nouns?
Mistress Quickly19 - 20
- Truly, I thought there had been one number more, because
- they say, “’Od’s nouns.”
- Peace your tattlings! What is “fair,” William?
- Poulcats? There are fairer things than poulcats sure.
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- You are a very simplicity oman; I pray you peace. What is
- lapis, William?
- A stone.
- And what is ‘a stone,’ William?
- A pebble.
- No; it is lapis. I pray you remember in your prain.
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- That is a good William. What is he, William, that does lend
William33 - 34
- Articles are borrow’d of the pronoun, and be thus declin’d,
- Singulariter, nominativo, hic, haec, hoc.
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- Nominativo, hig, hag, hog; pray you mark; genitivo, hujus.
- Well, what is your accusative case?
- Accusativo, hinc.
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- I pray you have your remembrance, child. Accusativo, hung,
- hang, hog.
- “Hang-hog” is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.
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- Leave your prabbles, oman. What is the focative case,
- O—vocativo, O.
- Remember, William, focative is caret.
- And that’s a good root.
- Oman, forbear.
- What is your genitive case plural, William?
- Genitive case?
- Genitivo, horum, harum, horum.
Mistress Quickly52 - 53
- Vengeance of Jinny’s case! Fie on her! Never name her,
- child, if she be a whore.
- For shame, oman.
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- You do ill to teach the child such words. He teaches him to
- “hic” and to “hac,” which they’ll do fast enough of
- themselves, and to call “horum,”—fie upon you!
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- Oman, art thou lunatics? Hast thou no understandings for thy
- cases and the numbers of the genders? Thou art as foolish
- Christian creatures as I would desires.
- Prithee hold thy peace.
- Show me now, William, some declensions of your pronouns.
- Forsooth, I have forgot.
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- It is qui, quae, quod: if you forget your qui’s, your
- quae’s, and your quod’s, you must be preeches. Go your ways
- and play, go.
- He is a better scholar than I thought he was.
- He is a good sprag memory. Farewell, Mistress Page.
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- Adieu, good Sir Hugh.
- Exit Evans.
- Get you home, boy. Come, we stay too long.