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MERRY WIVES

OF

WINDSOR.

PERSONS REPRESENTED

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Sir John Falstaff.
Fenton.
Shallow, a country Justice.
Slender, cousin to Shallow.
Mr. Ford,
Mr. Page,

two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
William Page, a boy, son to Mr. Page.
Sir Hugh Evans, a IVelsh parson.
Dr. Caius, a French physician,
Host of the Garter Inn.
Bardolph,
Pistol, followers of Falstaff.
Nym,
Robin, page to Falstaff.
Simple, servant to Slender.
Rugby, servánt to Dr. Caius.

Mrs. Ford.
Mrs. Page.
Mrs. Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton.
Mrs. Quickly, servant to Dr. Caius.

Serrants to Page, Ford, &c.

SCENE, Windsor ; and the parts adjacent.

MERRY WIVES

OF

WINDSOR.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's House.

Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir' HUGH

EVANS.

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

coram.

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.

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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? .
Shal. You may, by marrying.
Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
Shal. Not a whit.

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.

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3 By our.

4 Court of Star-chamber,

5 Advisement

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