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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act 5, Scene 1

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

Gloucestershire. Shallow’s house.

  1. Enter Shallow, Falstaff, and Bardolph, with Page.

Shallow

2 - 3
  1. By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away tonight. What,
  2. Davy, I say!

Falstaff

4
  1. You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.

Shallow

5 - 7
  1. I will not excuse you, you shall not be excus’d, excuses
  2. shall not be admitted, there is no excuse shall serve, you
  3. shall not be excus’d. Why, Davy!
  1. Enter Davy.

Davy

9
  1. Here, sir.

Shallow

10 - 12
  1. Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy, let me see, Davy,
  2. let me see. Yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither.
  3. Sir John, you shall not be excus’d.

Davy

13 - 14
  1. Marry, sir, thus; those precepts cannot be serv’d; and
  2. again, sir, shall we sow the hade land with wheat?

Shallow

15 - 16
  1. With red wheat, Davy. But for William cookare there no
  2. young pigeons?

Davy

17 - 18
  1. Yes, sir. Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing and
  2. plough-irons.

Shallow

19
  1. Let it be cast and paid. Sir John, you shall not be excus’d.

Davy

20 - 22
  1. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had; and,
  2. sir, do you mean to stop any of William’s wages, about the
  3. sack he lost at Hinckley fair?

Shallow

23 - 25
  1. ’A shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of
  2. short-legg’d hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little
  3. tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.

Davy

26
  1. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?

Shallow

27 - 29
  1. Yea, Davy, I will use him well. A friend i’ th’ court is
  2. better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy, for
  3. they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.

Davy

30 - 31
  1. No worse than they are backbitten, sir, for they have
  2. marvail’s foul linen.

Shallow

32
  1. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.

Davy

33 - 34
  1. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Woncote
  2. against Clement Perkes a’ th’ Hill.

Shallow

35 - 36
  1. There is many complaints, Davy, against that Visor. That
  2. Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.

Davy

37 - 45
  1. I grant your worship that he is a knave, sir; but yet God
  2. forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his
  3. friend’s request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for
  4. himself, when a knave is not. I have serv’d your worship
  5. truly, sir, this eight years; and I cannot once or twice in
  6. a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have
  7. little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest
  8. friend, sir, therefore I beseech you let him be
  9. countenanc’d.

Shallow

46 - 49
  1. Go to, I say, he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy.
  2. Exit Davy.
  3. Where are you, Sir John? Come, come, come, off with your
  4. boots. Give me your hand, Master Bardolph.

Bardolph

50
  1. I am glad to see your worship.

Shallow

51 - 54
  1. I thank thee with my heart, kind Master Bardolph, and
  2. welcome, my tall fellow.
  3. To the Page
  4. Come, Sir John.

Falstaff

55 - 80
  1. I’ll follow you, good Master Robert Shallow.
  2. Exit Shallow.
  3. Bardolph, look to our horses.
  4. Exeunt Bardolph and Page.
  5. If I were saw’d into quantities, I should make four dozen of
  6. such bearded hermits’ staves as Master Shallow. It is a
  7. wonderful thing to see the semblable coherence of his men’s
  8. spirits and his. They, by observing him, do bear themselves
  9. like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is
  10. turn’d into a justice-like servingman. Their spirits are so
  11. married in conjunction with the participation of society
  12. that they flock together in consent, like so many wild
  13. geese. If I had a suit to Master Shallow, I would humor his
  14. men with the imputation of being near their master; if to
  15. his men, I would curry with Master Shallow that no man could
  16. better command his servants. It is certain that either wise
  17. bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take
  18. diseases, one of another; therefore let men take heed of
  19. their company. I will devise matter enough out of this
  20. Shallow to keep Prince Harry in continual laughter the
  21. wearing out of six fashions, which is four terms, or two
  22. actions, and ’a shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is
  23. much that a lie with a slight oath and a jest with a sad
  24. brow will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his
  25. shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh till his face be like
  26. a wet cloak ill laid up.

Shallow

81 - 82
  1. Within.
  2. Sir John!

Falstaff

83
  1. I come, Master Shallow, I come, Master Shallow.
  1. Exit.
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