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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act 3, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 3, Scene 2

Gloucestershire. Court before Shallow’s house.

  1. Enter Justice Shallow and Justice Silence, meeting; Mouldy,
  2. Shadow, Wart, Feeble, Bullcalf, and Servants behind.

Shallow

3 - 5
  1. Come on, come on, come on, give me your hand, sir, give me
  2. your hand, sir. An early stirrer, by the rood! And how doth
  3. my good cousin Silence?

Silence

6
  1. Good morrow, good cousin Shallow.

Shallow

7 - 8
  1. And how doth my cousin, your bedfellow? And your fairest
  2. daughter and mine, my goddaughter Ellen?

Silence

9
  1. Alas, a black woosel, cousin Shallow!

Shallow

10 - 11
  1. By yea and no, sir. I dare say my cousin William is become a
  2. good scholar. He is at Oxford still, is he not?

Silence

12
  1. Indeed, sir, to my cost.

Shallow

13 - 15
  1. ’A must then to the Inns a’ Court shortly. I was once of
  2. Clement’s Inn, where I think they will talk of mad Shallow
  3. yet.

Silence

16
  1. You were call’d lusty Shallow then, cousin.

Shallow

17 - 25
  1. By the mass, I was call’d any thing, and I would have done
  2. any thing indeed too, and roundly too. There was I, and
  3. little John Doit of Staffords hire, and black George Barnes,
  4. and Francis Pickbone, and Will Squele, a Cotsole man. You
  5. had not four such swingebucklers in all the Inns a’ Court
  6. again; and I may say to you, we knew where the bona robas
  7. were and had the best of them all at commandment. Then was
  8. Jack Falstaff, now Sir John, a boy, and page to Thomas
  9. Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.

Silence

26 - 27
  1. This Sir John, cousin, that comes hither anon about
  2. soldiers?

Shallow

28 - 33
  1. The same Sir John, the very same. I see him break Scoggin’s
  2. head at the court-gate, when ’a was a crack not thus high;
  3. and the very same day did I fight with one Samson Stockfish,
  4. a fruiterer, behind Gray’s Inn. Jesu, Jesu, the mad days
  5. that I have spent! And to see how many of my old
  6. acquaintance are dead!

Silence

34
  1. We shall all follow, cousin.

Shallow

35 - 37
  1. Certain, ’tis certain, very sure, very sure. Death, as the
  2. Psalmist saith, is certain to all, all shall die. How a good
  3. yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair?

Silence

38
  1. By my troth, I was not there.

Shallow

39
  1. Death is certain. Is old Double of your town living yet?

Silence

40
  1. Dead, sir.

Shallow

41 - 46
  1. Jesu, Jesu, dead! ’A drew a good bow, and dead! ’A shot a
  2. fine shoot. John a’ Gaunt lov’d him well, and betted much
  3. money on his head. Dead! ’A would have clapp’d i’ th’ clout
  4. at twelvescore, and carried you a forehand shaft a fourteen
  5. and fourteen and a half, that it would have done a man’s
  6. heart good to see. How a score of ewes now?

Silence

47 - 48
  1. Thereafter as they be, a score of good ewes may be worth ten
  2. pounds.

Shallow

49
  1. And is old Double dead?

Silence

50
  1. Here come two of Sir John Falstaff’s men, as I think.
  1. Enter Bardolph and one with him.

Shallow

52
  1. Good morrow, honest gentlemen.

Bardolph

53
  1. I beseech you, which is Justice Shallow?

Shallow

54 - 56
  1. I am Robert Shallow, sir, a poor esquire of this county, and
  2. one of the King’s justices of the peace. What is your good
  3. pleasure with me?

Bardolph

57 - 59
  1. My captain, sir, commends him to you, my captain, Sir John
  2. Falstaff, a tall gentleman, by heaven, and a most gallant
  3. leader.

Shallow

60 - 61
  1. He greets me well, sir. I knew him a good backsword man. How
  2. doth the good knight? May I ask how my lady his wife doth?

Bardolph

62 - 63
  1. Sir, pardon, a soldier is better accommodated than with a
  2. wife.

Shallow

64 - 68
  1. It is well said, in faith, sir, and it is well said indeed
  2. too. Better accommodated! It is good, yea indeed is it. Good
  3. phrases are surely, and ever were, very commendable.
  4. Accommodated! It comes of accommodo, very good, a good
  5. phrase.

Bardolph

69 - 75
  1. Pardon, sir, I have heard the word. Phrase call you it? By
  2. this day, I know not the phrase, but I will maintain the
  3. word with my sword to be a soldier-like word, and a word of
  4. exceeding good command, by heaven. Accommodated: that is,
  5. when a man is, as they say, accommodated, or when a man is
  6. being whereby ’a may be thought to be accommodatedwhich is
  7. an excellent thing.
  1. Enter Falstaff.

Shallow

77 - 80
  1. It is very just. Look, here comes good Sir John. Give me
  2. your good hand, give me your worship’s good hand. By my
  3. troth, you like well and bear your years very well. Welcome,
  4. good Sir John.

Falstaff

81 - 82
  1. I am glad to see you well, good Master Robert Shallow.
  2. Master Surecard, as I think?

Shallow

83 - 84
  1. No, Sir John, it is my cousin Silence, in commission with
  2. me.

Falstaff

85 - 86
  1. Good Master Silence, it well befits you should be of the
  2. peace.

Silence

87
  1. Your good worship is welcome.

Falstaff

88 - 89
  1. Fie, this is hot weather, gentlemen. Have you provided me
  2. here half a dozen sufficient men?

Shallow

90
  1. Marry, have we, sir. Will you sit?

Falstaff

91
  1. Let me see them, I beseech you.

Shallow

92 - 95
  1. Where’s the roll? Where’s the roll? Where’s the roll? Let me
  2. see, let me see, let me see. So, so, so, so, so, so, so;
  3. yea, marry, sir. Rafe Mouldy! Let them appear as I call; let
  4. them do so, let them do so. Let me see, where is Mouldy?

Mouldy

96
  1. Here, and’t please you.

Shallow

97 - 98
  1. What think you, Sir John? A good-limb’d fellow, young,
  2. strong, and of good friends.

Falstaff

99
  1. Is thy name Mouldy?

Mouldy

100
  1. Yea, and’t please you.

Falstaff

101
  1. ’Tis the more time thou wert us’d.

Shallow

102 - 104
  1. Ha, ha, ha! Most excellent, i’ faith! Things that are moldy
  2. lack use. Very singular good, in faith, well said, Sir John,
  3. very well said.

Falstaff

105
  1. Prick him.

Mouldy

106 - 109
  1. I was prick’d well enough before, and you could have let me
  2. alone. My old dame will be undone now for one to do her
  3. husbandry and her drudgery. You need not to have prick’d me,
  4. there are other men fitter to go out than I.

Falstaff

110 - 111
  1. Go to, peace, Mouldy, you shall go. Mouldy, it is time you
  2. were spent.

Mouldy

112
  1. Spent?

Shallow

113 - 114
  1. Peace, fellow, peace, stand aside, know you where you are?
  2. For th’ other, Sir John, let me see: Simon Shadow!

Falstaff

115 - 116
  1. Yea, marry, let me have him to sit under, he’s like to be a
  2. cold soldier.

Shallow

117
  1. Where’s Shadow?

Shadow

118
  1. Here, sir.

Falstaff

119
  1. Shadow, whose son art thou?

Shadow

120
  1. My mother’s son, sir.

Falstaff

121 - 123
  1. Thy mother’s son! Like enough, and thy father’s shadow. So
  2. the son of the female is the shadow of the male. It is often
  3. so indeed, but much of the father’s substance!

Shallow

124
  1. Do you like him, Sir John?

Falstaff

125 - 126
  1. Shadow will serve for summer, prick him, aside for we have a
  2. number of shadows fill up the muster-book.

Shallow

127
  1. Thomas Wart!

Falstaff

128
  1. Where’s he?

Wart

129
  1. Here, sir.

Falstaff

130
  1. Is thy name Wart?

Wart

131
  1. Yea, sir.

Falstaff

132
  1. Thou art a very ragged wart.

Shallow

133
  1. Shall I prick him, Sir John?

Falstaff

134 - 135
  1. It were superfluous, for ’s apparel is built upon his back,
  2. and the whole frame stands upon pins. Prick him no more.

Shallow

136 - 137
  1. Ha, ha, ha! You can do it, sir, you can do it, I commend you
  2. well. Francis Feeble!

Feeble

138
  1. Here, sir.

Shallow

139
  1. What trade art thou, Feeble?

Feeble

140
  1. A woman’s tailor, sir.

Shallow

141
  1. Shall I prick him, sir?

Falstaff

142 - 144
  1. You may, but if he had been a man’s tailor, he’d ’a’ prick’d
  2. you. Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy’s battle as
  3. thou hast done in a woman’s petticoat?

Feeble

145
  1. I will do my good will, sir, you can have no more.

Falstaff

146 - 149
  1. Well said, good woman’s tailor! Well said, courageous
  2. Feeble! Thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most
  3. magnanimous mouse. Prick the woman’s tailor. Well, Master
  4. Shallow, deep, Master Shallow.

Feeble

150
  1. I would Wart might have gone, sir.

Falstaff

151 - 154
  1. I would thou wert a man’s tailor, that thou mightst mend him
  2. and make him fit to go. I cannot put him to a private
  3. soldier that is the leader of so many thousands. Let that
  4. suffice, most forcible Feeble.

Feeble

155
  1. It shall suffice, sir.

Falstaff

156
  1. I am bound to thee, reverend Feeble. Who is next?

Shallow

157
  1. Peter Bullcalf o’ th’ green!

Falstaff

158
  1. Yea, marry, let’s see Bullcalf.

Bullcalf

159
  1. Here, sir.

Falstaff

160 - 161
  1. ’Fore God, a likely fellow! Come prick Bullcalf till he roar
  2. again.

Bullcalf

162
  1. O Lord, good my lord captain

Falstaff

163
  1. What, dost thou roar before thou art prick’d?

Bullcalf

164
  1. O Lord, sir, I am a diseas’d man.

Falstaff

165
  1. What disease hast thou?

Bullcalf

166 - 167
  1. A whoreson cold, sir, a cough, sir, which I caught with
  2. ringing in the King’s affairs upon his coronation-day, sir.

Falstaff

168 - 170
  1. Come, thou shalt go to the wars in a gown. We will have away
  2. thy cold, and I will take such order that thy friends shall
  3. ring for thee. Is here all?

Shallow

171 - 172
  1. Here is two more call’d than your number, you must have but
  2. four here, sir. And so I pray you go in with me to dinner.

Falstaff

173 - 174
  1. Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner. I
  2. am glad to see you, by my troth, Master Shallow.

Shallow

175 - 176
  1. O Sir John, do you remember since we lay all night in the
  2. Windmill in Saint George’s Field?

Falstaff

177
  1. No more of that, Master Shallow, no more of that.

Shallow

178
  1. Ha, ’twas a merry night. And is Jane Nightwork alive?

Falstaff

179
  1. She lives, Master Shallow.

Shallow

180
  1. She never could away with me.

Falstaff

181 - 182
  1. Never, never, she would always say she could not abide
  2. Master Shallow.

Shallow

183 - 184
  1. By the mass, I could anger her to th’ heart. She was then a
  2. bona roba. Doth she hold her own well?

Falstaff

185
  1. Old, old, Master Shallow.

Shallow

186 - 188
  1. Nay, she must be old, she cannot choose but be old, certain
  2. she’s old, and had Robin Nightwork by old Nightwork before I
  3. came to Clement’s Inn.

Silence

189
  1. That’s fifty-five year ago.

Shallow

190 - 191
  1. Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadst seen that that this
  2. knight and I have seen! Ha, Sir John, said I well?

Falstaff

192
  1. We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.

Shallow

193 - 196
  1. That we have, that we have, that we have, in faith, Sir
  2. John, we have. Our watch-word was Hem, boys!” Come let’s to
  3. dinner, come let’s to dinner. Jesus, the days that we have
  4. seen! Come, come.
  1. Exeunt Falstaff and the Justices.

Bullcalf

198 - 204
  1. Good Master Corporate Bardolph, stand my friend, and here’s
  2. four Harry ten shillings in French crowns for you. In very
  3. truth, sir, I had as live be hang’d, sir, as go, and yet for
  4. mine own part, sir, I do not care, but rather, because I am
  5. unwilling, and for mine own part, have a desire to stay with
  6. my friends, else, sir, I did not care for mine own part so
  7. much.

Bardolph

205
  1. Go to, stand aside.

Mouldy

206 - 209
  1. And, good Master Corporal Captain, for my old dame’s sake
  2. stand my friend. She has nobody to do any thing about her
  3. when I am gone, and she is old, and cannot help herself. You
  4. shall have forty, sir.

Bardolph

210
  1. Go to, stand aside.

Feeble

211 - 215
  1. By my troth I care not; a man can die but once, we owe God a
  2. death. I’ll ne’er bear a base mind. And’t be my dest’ny, so;
  3. and’t be not, so. No man’s too good to serve ’s prince, and
  4. let it go which way it will, he that dies this year is quit
  5. for the next.

Bardolph

216
  1. Well said, th’ art a good fellow.

Feeble

217
  1. Faith, I’ll bear no base mind.
  1. Enter Falstaff and the Justices.

Falstaff

219
  1. Come, sir, which men shall I have?

Shallow

220
  1. Four of which you please.

Bardolph

221 - 224
  1. To Falstaff.
  2. Sir, a word with you.
  3. Aside.
  4. I have three pound to free Mouldy and Bullcalf.

Falstaff

225
  1. Go to, well.

Shallow

226
  1. Come, Sir John, which four will you have?

Falstaff

227
  1. Do you choose for me.

Shallow

228
  1. Marry, then, Mouldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, and Shadow.

Falstaff

229 - 231
  1. Mouldy and Bullcalf! For you, Mouldy, stay at home till you
  2. are past service; and for your part, Bullcalf, grow till you
  3. come unto it. I will none of you.

Shallow

232 - 233
  1. Sir John, Sir John, do not yourself wrong. They are your
  2. likeliest men, and I would have you serv’d with the best.

Falstaff

234 - 246
  1. Will you tell me, Master Shallow, how to choose a man? Care
  2. I for the limb, the thews, the stature, bulk, and big
  3. assemblance of a man? Give me the spirit, Master Shallow.
  4. Here’s Wart, you see what a ragged appearance it is. ’A
  5. shall charge you and discharge you with the motion of a
  6. pewterer’s hammer, come off and on swifter than he that
  7. gibbets on the brewer’s bucket. And this same half-fac’d
  8. fellow, Shadow, give me this man. He presents no mark to the
  9. enemy, the foeman may with as great aim level at the edge of
  10. a penknife. And for a retreat, how swiftly will this Feeble
  11. the woman’s tailor run off! O, give me the spare men, and
  12. spare me the great ones. Put me a caliver into Wart’s hand,
  13. Bardolph.

Bardolph

247
  1. Hold, Wart, traverse! Thas, thas, thas.

Falstaff

248 - 251
  1. Come manage me your caliver. Sovery well, go to, very good,
  2. exceeding good. O, give me always a little, lean, old,
  3. chopp’d, bald shot. Well said, i’ faith, Wart, th’ art a
  4. good scab. Hold, there’s a tester for thee.

Shallow

252 - 259
  1. He is not his craft’s master, he doth not do it right. I
  2. remember at Mile-end Green, when I lay at Clement’s InnI
  3. was then Sir Dagonet in Arthur’s showthere was a little
  4. quiver fellow, and ’a would manage you his piece thus, and
  5. ’a would about and about, and come you in and come you in.
  6. Rah, tah, tah,” would ’a say, bounce,” would ’a say, and
  7. away again would ’a go, and again would ’a come. I shall
  8. ne’er see such a fellow.

Falstaff

260 - 263
  1. These fellows woll do well, Master Shallow. God keep you,
  2. Master Silence, I will not use many words with you. Fare you
  3. well, gentlemen both, I thank you. I must a dozen mile
  4. tonight. Bardolph, give the soldiers coats.

Shallow

264 - 267
  1. Sir John, the Lord bless you! God prosper your affairs! God
  2. send us peace! At your return visit our house, let our old
  3. acquaintance be renew’d. Peradventure I will with ye to the
  4. court.

Falstaff

268
  1. ’Fore God, would you would.

Shallow

269
  1. Go to, I have spoke at a word. God keep you!

Falstaff

270 - 302
  1. Fare you well, gentle gentlemen.
  2. Exeunt Justices.
  3. On, Bardolph, lead the men away.
  4. Exeunt Bardolph, recruits, etc.
  5. As I return, I will fetch off these justices. I do see the
  6. bottom of Justice Shallow. Lord, Lord, how subject we old
  7. men are to this vice of lying! This same starv’d justice
  8. hath done nothing but prate to me of the wildness of his
  9. youth, and the feats he hath done about Turnbull Street, and
  10. every third word a lie, duer paid to the hearer than the
  11. Turk’s tribute. I do remember him at Clement’s Inn, like a
  12. man made after supper of a cheese-paring. When ’a was naked,
  13. he was for all the world like a fork’d redish, with a head
  14. fantastically carv’d upon it with a knife. ’A was so
  15. forlorn, that his dimensions to any thick sight were
  16. invisible. ’A was the very genius of famine, yet lecherous
  17. as a monkey, and the whores call’d him mandrake. ’A came
  18. ever in the rearward of the fashion, and sung those tunes to
  19. the overscutch’d huswives that he heard the carmen whistle,
  20. and sware they were his fancies or his good-nights. And now
  21. is this Vice’s dagger become a squire, and talks as
  22. familiarly of John a’ Gaunt as if he had been sworn brother
  23. to him, and I’ll be sworn ’a ne’er saw him but once in the
  24. Tilt-yard, and then he burst his head for crowding among the
  25. marshal’s men. I saw it, and told John a’ Gaunt he beat his
  26. own name, for you might have thrust him and all his apparel
  27. into an eel-skin. The case of a treble hoboy was a mansion
  28. for him, a court, and now has he land and beefs! Well, I’ll
  29. be acquainted with him if I return, and’t shall go hard but
  30. I’ll make him a philosopher’s two stones to me. If the young
  31. dace be a bait for the old pike, I see no reason in the law
  32. of nature but I may snap at him: let time shape, and there
  33. an end.
  1. Exit.
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