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Sir John Falstaff.
two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
Serrants to Page, Ford, &c.
SCENE, Windsor ; and the parts adjacent.
SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's House.
Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir' HUGH
Shallow. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Starchamber matter of it: if he were twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.
Slen. In the county of Glaster, jutsice of peace, and
Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum.”
Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too;. and a gentleman born, master parson; who writes himself armigero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armigero.
Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any time these three hundred years.
Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him,
1 A title formerly appropriated to chaplains.
2 Gustas Rotulorum.
may: they may give the dozen white luces in their coat.
Shal. It is an old coat.
Era. The dozen white louses do become an old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar beast to man, and signifies-love.
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an old coat.
Slen. I may quarter, coz? .
Eva. Yes, py'r 3-lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but this is all one: If sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises between you.
Shal. The Council 4 shall hear it; it is a riot.
Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there is no fear of Got in a riot : the Council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot; take your vizamentss in that.
Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it: and there is also another device in my prain, which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to master George Page, which is pretty virginity.
3 By our.
4 Court of Star-chamber,