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Sir John Falstaff.
two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
Scene, Windsor; and the parts adjacent.
SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's house.
Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sirl 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, es
Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum.2 Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too ; and a gentleman born, master parson ; who writes himself armigero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, arShal. 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) Custos rotulorum.
may: they may give the dozen white luces in their
Shal. It is an old coat.
Eva. 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'rl-lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all one: if Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my be. nevolence, to maké atonements and compromises between you.
Shal. The council2 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 vizaments 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;
Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and speaks small like a woman.
Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just as you will desire ; and seven hundred pounds of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, upon his death's-bed (Got deliver to a joyful resur
(1) By our. (2) Court of star-chamber. (3) Advisement.
rections !) give, when she is able to overtake seventeen years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between master Abraham, and mistress Anne Page.
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred pound? Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny. Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts.
Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is good gifts. Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : is Falstaff there?
Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, as I do despise one that is false ; or, as I despise one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there; and, i beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door (knocks) for master Page. What, hoa ! Got pless your house here!
Enter Page. Page. Who's there?
Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, and justice Shallow : and here young master Slender; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, if matters grow to your likings.
Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I thank you for my renison, master Shallow.
Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; much good do it your good heart! I wished your venison better; it was ill killed :-how doth good mistress Page?--and I love you always with my heart, la ; with Page. Sir, I thank you. Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do.
Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slen. der.
Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I