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Sten. You'll not confess, you'll not confess." Shal. That he will not 'tis your fault, tis your fault: 'Tis a good dog.

Page. A cur, Sir.hbet a

Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dogs Can there be more said he is good and fairy Is Sir John Falstaff here?

Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good office between you.""

Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. Shal. He hath wrong'd me, Master Page. Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess site Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not that so, Master Page? He hath wrong'd me; indeed, he hath; at a word, he hath; — bệ lieve me; Robert Shallow, Esquire, saith, he is wrong'd.

Page. Here comes Sir John.


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Fal. Now, Master Shallow; you'll complain of me •to the King?

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Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd my deer, and broke open my lodge! 214

Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter?
Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd..
Fal. I will answer it straight;

I have done

all this: That is now answer'd. mast Shal. The Council shall know this.i Fal. "Twere better for you,if it were known

in counsel you be laugh'd fatiga

Eva Pauca verba, Sir John; good worts.
Fal. Good worts good cabbage.

Slender, I

broke your head; What matter have you against me?

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Slen. Marry, Sir, I have matter in my hrad against you, and against your coney-catching, fascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol They carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards pick'd, my pocket,and zuda to aquel pip cameą I Bar. You Banbury cheese! UKARID in tno 77, Slen Ayyon is no matter.ind

Pist. How pow, Mephostophilus ? į pale
Slen. Ay, it is no matter

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Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca; slice! that's my humour. 244)

Slen. Where's Simple, my man? can you tell, cousin? 965 05 9

Eua. Peace; sprays you! Now det us under stands There is three, umpires in this matter, as I understand that is ter Page and there is and the three party is host of the Rage. We three to hear it, and end it between themugi s

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Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my notebook jehand, we will afterwards ork upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we can. Fal, Pistol,

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* Eva. The tovil and his tam; what phrase is this, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations

Fal Pistob did you pick Master Slender's purse? 021 Akad wud de spib yp, E Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would might never come, in mine own great chamber again else,) of seven groats in mill sixpences, and two Edward shovel boards, that cost me two shilling and two pence a picce of Xead Miller, by these gloves. 1975k 12h as amik V

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Fal Is this true, Pistol?

Eva. No, it is false, if it is a pick purse. Pist. Ha, thou mountain foreigner! Sir John, altrespits, buus 2015, qui and Master mine, mis o

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :i
Word of denial in thy labras hores But
Word of dental: froth and scum, thou liest.
Slep, By these gloves, then 'twas he,

Nym. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good humours: I will say, marry trap, with you, if you run the authook's humour on me, that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it for though I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altoge ther an ass.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John?g Di Bard. Why, Sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five se tences. Lea

Eva. It it his five senses: fie, what the ignorair ce is !!


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Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too, but 'tis no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with tho se that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. 416

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Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous


Fal. You hear all these matters lemied gentlemen; you hear it.

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Enter Mistress ANNE PAGE with wine; Mistress FORD and Mistress PAGE following

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within. [Exit. ANNE PAGE. Slen. O heaven! this is Mistress s Anne Page. Page. How now Mistress, Ford?


Fal, Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met by your leave; good Mistress.

[kissing her. Page. Wife, bid this gentleman welcome: Come, we have a hot venison pasty do dimer; come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.)


[Exeunt all but SIAL. SLENDER and EVANS. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of Songs and Sonnets here:

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How now, Simple! where have you been? I must wait on myself, mtist 1? You have not The Book

of Riddles about you, have you?


Book of Riddles? why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas?


Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A word with you, coz: marry, this; coż; There is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here;' Do you understand me? Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable; if it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.

Slen. So I do, Sir."

Eva. Give ear to his motions, Master Slender: I will description the matter to you, if you be pacity of it.

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Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow a justice of

says: I pray you, pardon mand here.

peace in his country, simple

Eva. But that is not the question; the question is concerning your marriage. Apfi 1 (zdravalais Shal! Ay" there's the point, Sir.~*

Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it: to Mistresy Anne Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon any reasonable' demands.

Eva. But can you affection the "oman? Let ub command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the mouth; Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid? Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her! Sten. I hope, Sir, I will doy as it shall we come one that would do reason.


Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must:~/ Will you, upon good dowry, marry her?

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon your request, cousin, in any reason, tagumen

Shal. Nay, conceive me,' conceive me, sweet coz;' what I do, is to pleasure you, coz Cart you love the maid ? ›

Slen. I will marry her, Sir,"at your request ; But if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquain tance, when we are married, and have môre ocoasion to know one another: I hope, upour familias rity will grow more contempt : . but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dis solved, and dissolutely.

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