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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Act 5, Scene 1

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

A room in the Garter Inn.

  1. Enter Falstaff, Mistress Quickly.

Falstaff

2 - 5
  1. Prithee no more prattling. Go, I’ll hold. This is the third
  2. time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go. They
  3. say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity,
  4. chance, or death. Away!

Mistress Quickly

6 - 7
  1. I’ll provide you a chain, and I’ll do what I can to get you
  2. a pair of horns.

Falstaff

8 - 13
  1. Away, I say, time wears, hold up your head and mince.
  2. Exit Mrs. Quickly.
  3. Enter Ford disguised.
  4. How now, Master Brook? Master Brook, the matter will be
  5. known tonight, or never. Be you in the park about midnight,
  6. at Herne’s oak, and you shall see wonders.

Ford

14 - 15
  1. Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as you told me you had
  2. appointed?

Falstaff

16 - 29
  1. I went to her, Master Brook, as you see, like a poor old
  2. man, but I came from her, Master Brook, like a poor old
  3. woman. That same knave Ford, her husband, hath the finest
  4. mad devil of jealousy in him, Master Brook, that ever
  5. govern’d frenzy. I will tell youhe beat me grievously, in
  6. the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man, Master Brook,
  7. I fear not Goliath with a weaver’s beam, because I know also
  8. life is a shuttle. I am in haste, go along with me, I’ll
  9. tell you all, Master Brook. Since I pluck’d geese, play’d
  10. truant, and whipt top, I knew not what ’twas to be beaten
  11. till lately. Follow me, I’ll tell you strange things of this
  12. knave Ford, on whom tonight I will be reveng’d, and I will
  13. deliver his wife into your hand. Follow. Strange things in
  14. hand, Master Brook! Follow.
  1. Exeunt.
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