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Enter Felstaff

Mys. Ford. Go, firs, take the basket again o Fal. No, I'll come no more i' che basket: May your shoulders ; your master is hard at door ; if h I not go out, ere he come?

bid you set it down, obey him : quickly, dispatci Mrs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's bro

[Exeunt Mrs. Page and Mrs. For thers watch the door with pistols, that none

Enter Servants with the basket. should illue out ; otherwise you might nip away 1 Sero. Come, come, take up. ere he came...But what make you here?

2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knigh Fal. What shall I do? I'll creep up into the again. chimney.

1 Serv. I hope not; I had as lief bear so muc! Mrs. Ford. There they always use to discharge lead. their birding-pieces: creep into the kiln-hole. Enter Ford, Sballow, Page, Caius, and Sir Hug Fal. Where is it?

Evans. Mrs. Fo-d. He will seek there, on my word. Fard. Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, han Neither press, cotter, chest, trunk, well, vault, you any way then to unfool me again ?---Set dow but he hath an abstract' for the remembrance of the balket, villain :-Somebody call my wife :sich piaces, and goes to them by his note : There Youth in a balket !-Oh, you pandarly rascals !is no hiding you in the house.

there's a knot, a gang, a pack, a conspiracy, again Fa!. I'll go out then.

me: Now Thall the devil be sham'd.Whar Mrs. Ford. If you go out in your own semblance, wife, I say ! come, come forth; behold what he you die, fir John ; unless you go out disguis'd nest cloaths you send forth to bleaching. How might we disguise him?

Page. Why, this passes * ! Master Ford, you s Mrs. Page. Alas the day, I know not. There not to go loose any longer ; you must be pinion'd. is no woman's gown big enough for him ; other Eva. Why, this is lunatics ! this is mad as wise, he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a mad dog! kerchief, and to escape.

Sbal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well ; in Fal. Good hearts, devise something : any extre- deed. mity, rather than a mischief.

Enter Mrs. Ford. Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman of Ford. So say I too, sir.—Come hither, mistret Brentford, has a gown above.

Ford ;-mistress Ford, the bonest veoman, the mo Mrs. Page. On my word, it will serve him; deit wise, the virtuous creature, that hath the jea The 's as big as he is ; and there's her thrum 2 hat, lous fool to her husband !-- suspect without cause and her muiller 3 too: Run up, fir John. mistress, do I?

Mrs. Fo.d. Go, go, sweet sir John: mistress Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, i Page, and I, will look some linen for your head. you suspect me in any dishonesty.

Mrs. Page. Quick, quick; we'll come dress you Ford. Well said, brazen-face; hold it out.straight : put on the gown the while. [Exit Fa!fie7Come forth, firrah. [Pulls the cloa!hs out of : be bajke

Mrs. Ford. I would, my husband would meet Page. This palles 4. him in this Thape: he cannot abide the old woman Mrs. Ford. Are you not asham'd? let the cloath of Brentford; he swears, she's a witch, forbade alone. her my house, and hath threatened to beat her. Ford. I shall find you anon.

Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy husband's Eva. 'Tis unreasonable! Will you take up yota cuigel; and the devil guide his cudgel afterwards ! wife's cloaths ? come away. Mrs. Ford. But is my husband coming?

Ford. Empty the basket, I say. Mrs. Puge. Ay, in good sadness, is he ; and Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why, talks of the basket too, howsoever he hath had in Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there was telligence.

one convey'd out of my house yesterday in this bal. Mrs. Ford. We'll try that; for I'll appoint my ket ; Why may not he be there again? In my men to carry the basket again, to meet him at the house I am sure he is: my intelligence is true ; door with it, as they did last time.

my jealoufy is reasonable : Pluck me out all the Mrs. Page. Nay, but he'll be here presently : linen. let's go dress him like the witch of Brentford. Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, he shall die

Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men what they a flea's death. Mall do with the baiket. Go up, I'll bring linen Page. Here's no man. for him straight.

Shel. By my fidelity, this is not well, master Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest varlet! we Ford; this wrongs s you. cannot misule him enough.

Eva. Master Ford, you must pray, and not folWe'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, low the imaginations of your own heart : this is Wives may be merry, and yet honest too: jealousies. We do not act, that often jest and laugh ;

Ford. Well, he's not here I seek for. 'lis old but true, Still swine eat all sbe draugh. Page. No, nor no where else but in your brain.

I That is, a list, an inventory. 2 The thrum is the end of a weaver's warp, and was probably used for making coarse hats. 3 A muffler was fome part of dress that cover'd the face. « To pass means here, to go beyond bounds. s Meaning, this is below your character.

Forde

Fud. Help to search my house this one time: Mrs. Page. Yea, by all means, if it be but to if I find not what I seek, shew no colour for my scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If extremity, let me for ever be your table-sport ; let they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirtuous then say of me, As jealous as Ford, that search'd fat knight shall be any further afflicted, we two a hollow wall-nut for his wife's leman'. Satisfy will be still the ministers. me once more, once more search with me.

Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll have him pubMrs. Ferd. What hoa, mistress Page ! come you licly Tham'd: and, methinks, there would be no and the old woman down; my husband will come periods to the jent, should he not be publicly into the chamber.

tham?d. Ford. Old woman! what old woman's that? Mrs. Page. Come, to the forge with it, then,

Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Brent- Thape it: I would not have things cool. [Exeunt. fort. Ford. Awitch, a quean, an old cozening quean!

SCENE III. Have I not forbid her my house? She comes of errunds, does she? We are fimple men ; we do not

The Garter inn. know what's brought to pass under the profession

Enter Hoft and Bardolph." of fortune-telling. She works by charms, by spells, I Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three of by the figure, and such daubery 2 as this is : be- your horses: the duke himself will be to-morrow Foad our element : we know nothing - Come at court, and they are going to meet him. down, you witch; you hag you, come down, I Hof. What duke should that be, comes so fe

cretly? I hear not of him in the court: let me speak Mri. Ford. Nay, good sweet husband ;-good with the gentlemen; they speak Englih? gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman.

Bard. Sir, I'll call them to you. Exto Falfaf in women's cloarbs, led by Mrs. Page. Hoft. They shall have my horses; but I'll make

Mrs. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give them pay, I'll sauce them: they have had my houses me your hand.

a week at command; I have turn'd away my other Ford. Il prat her :- Out of my doors, you guests: they must come off ; I'll sauce them: witch! (Beats bim.] you hag, you baggage, you come.

[Exeunt. poulcat, you ronyon 3! out! our ! I'll conjure you, I'I fortune-te!l you.

[Exit Fal.

SC EN E IV. Mrs. Page. Are you not alham'd ? I think, you

Ford's bousc. bave kill'd the poor woman. Ms. Ford. Nay, he will do it :-'Tis a goodly | Enter

it : _'Tis a goodly Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Sir aedt for you.

Hugb Evans. Ford Hang her, witch!

Eva. 'Tis one of the best discretions of a 'omans Eva, By vea and no, I think the 'oman is a las ever I did look upon. witch indeed: I like not when a 'omans has a great Page. And did he send you both these letters at peard; I spy a great peard under his muffer an inttant ?

Ford Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech! Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour. you, follow ; see but the issue of my jealousy: if Ford. Pardon me, wife: Henceforth do what I cry out thos upon no trail 4, never trust me when o trail 4. never truft me when

thou wilt ; I open again.

I rather will suspect the fun with cold, [stand, Page Let's obey his humour a little further :- Than thee with wantonness: now doth thy honour Carte, gentlemen.

[Exeunt. In him that was of late an heretic, Mrs. Pazu. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. As firm as faith. Mr. Fo-d. Nay, by the mass, that he did not : Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well; no more. he best him moft unpitifully, methought.

Be not as extreme in submillion, Ms. Page. I'U have the cudgel hallow'd, and As in offence; az o'er the altar; it hath done meritorious ser- But let our plot go forward; let our wives

Yet once again, to make us public sport, s. Ford. What think you? may we, with the Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow, satant of womanhood, and the witness of a good Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. srdcience, pursue him with any further revenge? | Ford. There is no better way than that they spoke of. Mrs. Paze. The spirit of wantonness is, sure,! Page. How? to send him word they'll meet him out of him; if the devil have him nor in fee

in the park Imple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I/At midnight! fie, fie; he will never come. ank, in the way of waste, attempt us again. Eva. You say, he hath been thrown into the

Mr. Ferd. Shall we tell our husbands how we rivers ; and hath been grievously peaten, as an old szre fersed him?

'oman: methinks, there should be terrors n him,

"Lerer. Leman is derived from leef, Dutch, beloved, and man. 2 Dauberies are disguises. Larvus, applied to a woman, imports much the same with fiall or fcab spoken of a man. This borc bon is borrowed from hunting. Trail is the scent left by the passage of the game. To

tat, is to open or bark. 5 Meaning, there would be no proper catastrophe. 6 That is, they

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that he ihculd not come: methinks, his flesh is and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the punith'd, he shall have no desires.

knight with my taber. Page. So think I too.

| Ford, This will be excellent. I'll go buy then Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when vizards. he comes,

Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all And let us two devile to bring him hither.

the fairies, · Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that Finely attired in a robe of white. Herne the hunter,

| Page. That filk will I go buy ;--and in that time Sometime a kecper here in Windsor forest, Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, [Afde. Doth all the winter time, at ftill midnight, And marry her at Eaton.- Go, send to Falitatt Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns ;

straight. And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle; Ford. Nay, 1*Ulto him again in the name of Brook a And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a He'll tell me all his purpofc. Sure, he'll come. In a most hideous and dreadful manocr: [chain Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us proYou have heard of such a spirit; and well you know, And tricking for our fairies.

[perties 5 The superstitious idle-headed eld 2

| Eva. Let us about it: It is admirable pleasures, Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,

ad fery honeft knaveries. This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth.

[Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans. Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, * In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak: Send Quickly to fir John, to know his mind. But what of this?

[Exit Mrs. Ford. Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device;

I'll to the doctor ; he liath my good will, That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us. And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. We'll send him word to meet us in the field, That Slender, though well landed, is an ideot ; Disguis'd like Herne, with huge horns on his head. And he my husband best of all affects:

Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, The doctor is well money'd, and his friends And in this shape: When you have brought himn Potent at court; he, none but he shall have her, thither,

Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave What shall be done with him? what is your plot ?

her.

[Exis, Mrs. Page. That likewise we have thought

S CE N E v. upon, and thus : Nan Page my daughter, and my little fon

The Garter inn. And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress

Enter Hot and Simple. Like urchins 3, ouphes, and fairies, green and white, Holi. What would'it thou have, boor? what, With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, And rattles in their hands; upon a sudden, quick, Inap. As Falftati, she, and I, are newly met,

| Simp. Marry, sir, I come to speak with fir Jolin Let them from forth a law-pit rush at once

Falstaff from matter Slender. With some diffused + song: upon their right, Hoji. There's his chiamber, his house, his castle, We two in great amazedness will fy :

his ftanding-bed, and truckle-bed 7; 'tis painted Then let them all encircle him about,

about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean knight; new; Go, knock and call ; he'll speak like an And ask him, why that hour of fairy revel, | Anthropophaginianunto thee : Knock, I say. In their so sacred paths be dares to tread

Siimp. There's an old woman, a fat woman gone In shape prophane?

up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as stay, fir, Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth,

l'till the come doun: I come to speak with her, Let the supposed fairies pinch him found,

indecd. And burn him with their tapers.

Hosi. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be Mrs. Page. The truth being known,

Trobbu: I'll call. ---Bully knight! Bully fir John! We'll all present ourselves; dif-horn the spirit, speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? And mock him home to Windsor.

it is thine hoft, thine Ephesian, calls. Ford. The children must

Falfiaff above. Be practis'd well to this, or they'll ne'er do 't. Fal. How now, mine hott?

Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours ;) Hoft. Here's a Bohemian Tartar 9 tarries the

1 To take, here means to seize or strike with a disease. 2 Meaning, age. 3 Urchin is a hedgehog; but is here used to signify any thing little and dwarfish. Ouph is a fairy or goblin. 4 Dr. Warburton says, this fignifics a long that strikes out into 'wild lentiments beyond the bounds of nature, such as those whose subject is fairy land. 5 Properties are incidenta? neceffaries to a theatre. exclusive of scenes and dresses. 6 To trick, is to dress out. 7 The usual furniture of chambers in those times consisted of a ftanding-bed, under which was a truckle, or running bed. In the former lay the master, and in the latter the scrvant. $ That is, a Cannibal. The Hoft ufis this highfounding word to attonith Simple; an effect which he probably likewise means to produce by the word Eptefian, which follows. 9 See the preceding note.

coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, / horses and money. I tell you for good-will, look body, let ber defcend; my chambers are honour- you: you are wise, and full of gibes and vloutingable: Fie! privacy? fie!

stogs; and 'tis not convenient you should be cozen'd: Enter Falfiaff. Fare you well.

[Exit. Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman

Enter Caius. Cren now with me; but she's gone.

Caius. Vere is mine Hot de parterre? Str. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of Hoft. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and Brentford:

doubtful dilemma. Ful. Ay,marry was it, mussel-Shell"; What would Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat : But it is tell-a-me, ca with her ?

dat you make a grand preparation for a duke de Ja. Simp. My master, sir, master Slender sent to her, many: by my trọt, dere is no duke, dat de court is seeing her go through the street, to know, fir, whe- know, to come: I tell you for good-vill: adieu. ther one Nym, fir, that beguild him of a chaira, had

[Exit. the chain, or no.

Hoft. Hue and cry, villain, go! allift me, knight; Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. I am undone :--Ay, run, hue and cry, villain! I'm Simp. And what says she, I pray, fır ? " undone!

(Exit. Fol. Mrry, the says, that the very fame man, Fal. I would all the world might be cozen'd; ttet beguild master Slender of his chain, cozen'd for I have been cozen'd, and beaten too. If it

Thould come to the car of the court, how I have Sizp. I would I could have spoken with the wo- been transform d, and how my transformation hath man herself; I had other things to have spoken been warhd and cudgeld, they would melt me with her too, from him.

out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fisherFal. What are they? let us know.

men's boots with me: I warrant, they would Hei. Ay, come ; quick.

whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crest. Stolp. I may not conceal them, sir.

faln as a dry'd pear. I never prosper'd since I Fal. Conceal them, or thou dy'lt.

foreswore myself at Primero 3. Well, if my wind Simp. Why, fir, they were nothing but about were but long enough to say my prayers, I would miftrets Anne Page; to know, if it were my mar-repent. ter's furtune to have her, or no.

Enter Mistress Quickly, T . Tis, 'tis his fortune.

Now! whence came you? Sup. Whut, fir?

Quic. From the two parties, forfooth. Fal. To have her or no: Go; say the woman fal. The devil take one party, and his dam the t ae fa.

other, and so they shall be both beltow'd! I have step. May I be so bold to say so, sir?

suffer'd more for their fakes, more, than the vil. Fal. Ay, fir Tike, like who more bold. lainous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to

Sezo. I thank your worship: I shall make my bear. water gis with these tidings. [Exit Simple. Quic. And have not they suffer'd? yes, I war,

H . Thou art clerkly 2, thou art cierkly, fir rant ; speciously one of them; mistress Ford, good Toán: Was there a wise woman with thee? heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot see

Fal. Ay, that there was, mine hoft; one, that a white spot about her. hoth taught me more wit than ever I learn'd before Fal. What tell'lt thou me of black and blue ? in the life: and I pand nothing for it neither, but I was beaten myself into all the colours of the rain. as paid for my learning.

bow; and I was like to be apprehended for the Enter Bardolph. i.

witch of Brentford, but that my admirable dexBard. Out, aias, fir! cozenage! mere cozenage! terity of wit, counterfeiting the action of an old Hot Where be my horses : 1peak well of them, woman, deliver'd me, the knáve constable had

fet me i' the stocks, i the common stocks, for a Bord Run away with the cożeners : for fo foon witch. al came beyond Eaton, they threw me off, from Quic. Sir, let me speak with you in your cham. lchiad one of them, in a llough of mire, and set ber : you shall hear how things go; and, I war, frans, and away, like three German devils, three rant, to your content. Here is a letter will say Doctor Fauftus's.

: romewhat. Good hearts, what ado is here to bring Ht. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- you together! sure, one of you does not serve ben: do not lay, they are fied; Germans are ho-heaven well, that you are so cross d.

- Fal. Come up into my chamber, (Exeunte Enter Sir Hugb Evans,

SCE NE VI.
Ees. Where is mine hoft?
Hot What is the matter, fir?

· Enter Fenton and Hoft. E ss. Have a care of your entertainments : there. Hoft. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind 's a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there

is heavy, 'I will give over all. sorte coazin-germans, that has cozen'd all the Fent. Yet hear me speak; Aflift me in my baits of Readings, of Maidechead, of Colebrook, of purpose,

! Falftaff probably calls Simple muscl-fuell, from his standin; with his mouth open. That is, Ebolas-liks, 3 A game at cards,

And

And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee While other sports are talking of their minds, A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss. And at the deanery, where a priest attends, - Hoft. I will hear you, master Fenton; and I Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot will, at the least, keep your counsel.

She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath · Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you Made promise to the doctor :-Now, thus it rests; With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page ; Her father means the shall be all in white; Who, mutually, hath answer'd my affection And in that habit, when Slender fees his time (So far forth as herself might be her chuser) To take her by the hand, and bid her go, Even to my wish : I have a letter from her She shall go with him : her mother hath intended, Of such contents as you will wonder at ;

The better to devote 4 her to the doctor, The mirth whereof's so larded with my matter, (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded) That neither, singly, can be manifested,

That quaint 5 in green, the shall be loose enrob’d, Without the shew of both : Fat fir John Falstaff With ribbands pendant, flaring 'bout her head; Hath a great scene ; the image of the jest And when the doctor fpies his vantage ripe,

(Sbewing a letter. To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, I'll Thew you here at large. Hark, good mine The maid hath given consent to go with him. hoft;

[one, Hoft. Which means the to deceive? father or To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and

mother? Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen ; Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with me; The purpose why, is here? ; in which disguise, And here it rests, that you'll procure the vicar While other jests are something rank on foot, | To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one, Her father hath commanded her to nip

And, in the lawful name of marrying, Away with Slender, and with him at Eaton [fir, To give our hearts united ceremony. [vicar: Immediately to marry: the hath consented: now, Hoft. Well, husband your device; I'll to the Her mother, even 3 strong against that match, Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed

Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; That he shall likewise fhuffie her away,

Besides, I'll make a present recompence. [Exeunt,

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thape of man, master Brook, I fear not Goliah Enter Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly.

with a weaver's beam ; because I know also,

life is a shuttle. I am in haste; go along with Fal. DR’YTHEE, no more pratling ;---go-me ; I'll tell you all, master Brook. Since I

I I'll hold: This is the third time; I hope pluck'd geese, play'd truant, and whipp'd top, I good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they knew not what 'twas to be beaten, till lately. say, there is divinity in odd numbers, either in na-Follow me: I'll tell you strange things of this tivity, chance, or death.--Away.

knave Ford; on whom to-night I will be reQuic. I'll provide you a chain ; and I'll do what veng'd, and I will deliver his wife into your hand, I can to get you a pair of horns. [Exit Mrs. Quickly. Follow : Strange things in hand, master Brook! Fal. Away, I say ; time wears : hold up your follow.

[Exeunt. head, and mince 6.

S CE NE II.
Enter Ford.
How now, master Brook? Master Brook, the

.Windsor Park. matter will be known to-night, or never. Bel Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. you in the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak,l Page. Come, come ; we'll couch i' the castle, and you shall see wonders.

ditch, tiil we see the light of our fairies --Remem, Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as you ber, son Slender, my daughter, told me you had appointed ?

Slen. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, we have a nay-word 7 how to know one another. like a poor old man : but I came from her, mar- I come to her in white, and cry, mum ; The cries, ter Brook, like a poor old woman. That same budget ; and by that we know one another. knave, Ford her husband, hath the finest mad de- Sbal. That's good too : But what needs either vil of jealousy in him, master Brook, that ever your mum, or her budget? the white will decipher govern'd frenzy. I will tell you. He beat mel her well enough. It hath struck ten o'clock. grievously, in the shape of a woman ; for in thel Page. The night is dark ; light and spirits will

That is, the representation. 2 In the letter. 3 Even here means as. 4 Perhaps we should read denote, 5 As quaint fignifies fantastical, the meaning may be, fantastically drest in green, • To mince is to walk with affected delicacy, ? That is, a watch-word.

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