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Mys. Ford. Go, firs, take the basket again on Fal. No, I'll come no more i' the basket: May your shoulders ; your master is hard at door; if he I not go out, ere he come ?
bid you set it down, obey him : quickly, dispatch. Mirs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's bro
[Exeunt Mrs. Page and Mrs. Ford. thers watch the door with pistols, that none
Enter Servants with ebe basket. Thould issue out ; otherwise you might nip away Sery. Come, come, take up. ere he came. But what make you here?
2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knight Fal. What shall I do? I'll creep up into the again. chimney.
i Serv. I hope not; I had as lief bear so much Mrs. Ford. There they always use to discharge lead. their birding-pieces : creep into the kiln-hole. Enter Ford, Sballow, Page, Caius, and Sir Hugb Fal. Where is it?
Evans. Mrs. Foid. He will seek there, on my word. -- Ford. Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, have Neither press, coffer, chest, trunk, well, vault, you any way then to unfool me again ?-Set down but he hath an abstract for the remembrance of the balket, villain :-Somebody call my wife :fich places, and goes to them by his note : There Youth in a basket !-Oh, you pandarly rascals! is no hiding you in the house.
there's a knot, a gang, a pack, a conspiracy, against Fal. I'll go out then.
me : Now shall the devil be tham'do -Whar! Mrs. Ford. If you go out in your own semblance, wife, I say ! come, come forth; behold what hoyou 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 4! Master Ford, you are 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 a wise, he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a mad dog! kerchief, and so escape.
Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well ; inFal. 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, fir.—Come hither, mistress Brentford, has a gown above.
Ford ;-mistress Ford, the honest woman, the moMrs. Page. On my word, it will serve him ; deft wife, the virtuous creature, that hath the jeahe's as big as he is; and there's her thrum 2 hat, lous fool to her husband !~I suspect without cause, and her muffer 3 too: Run up, sir John. mistress, do I?
Mrs. Ford. Go, go, sweet sir John: mistress Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, if 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 Faltaf: Come forth, firrah. [Pulls the cloaths out of the basket.
Mrs. Ford. I would, my husband would meet Page. This passes 4. him in this shape: he cannot abide the old woman Mrs. Ford. Are you not asham'd? let the cloaths 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 your cudgel; 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. Page. 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 basMrs. Ford. We'll try that; for I'U 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 fea's death. Thall do with the balket. Go up, I'll bring linen Page. Here's no man. for him straight.
Shal. 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. Mister Ford, you muft 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 the 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. A muffler was some part of dress that cover'd the face. Å To pass means here, to go beyond bounds. s Meaning, this is below your character.
Fad. 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 hcarts, the poor un virtuous to lay 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. Ford. What hoz, 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 jeit, should he not be publicly into the chamber.
ham’d. Frd. Old woman ! what old woman's that?
Mrs. Page. Come, to the forge with it, then, Mrs. Ferd. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Brent- thape it: I would not have things cool. [Exeunt. ford. Fed. Awitch, a quean, an old cozening quean!
SCENE III. Hael act forbid her my house? She comes of er
The Garter inn. rots, does she? We are fimple men; we do not kaow what's brought to pass under the profession
Enter Hoft and Bardolph. of fortune-telling. She works by charms, by spells,
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 Fond our element : we know nothing. Come at court, and they are going to meet him. down, you witch; you hag you, come down, I Hoft. What duke should that be, comes so fe
cretly? I hear not of him in the court: let me speak Vri. Ford. Nay, good sweet husband ;-good with the gentlemen; they speak English? gedemen, let him not strike the old woman.
Bard. Sir, I'll call them to you. Exo Fa!taj in women's cloarbs, led by Mrs. Page. Hoft. They shall have my horses; but I'll make
Ms. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give them pay, I'll fauce 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 muít come off o; I'll sauce them: wich! (Beats bim.] you hag, you baggage, you come.
[Exeunt. poukat, you ronyon 3! out ! out! I'll conjure you, I'll fortune-te!l you.
S CE N E IV. Mrs. Page. Are you not asham'd ? I think, you
Ford's bouje. bare kül'd the poor woman. Ms. Ford. Nay, he will do it :—'Tis a goodly Enter Page, Ford, Mrs, Page, Mrs. Ford, and Sir
Hugh Evans, Forů Hang her, witch !
Eva. 'Tis one of the best discretions of a 'omans E53, By yes and no, I think the 'oman is a as ever I did look upon. Fisch indeed: I like not when a 'omans has a great Page. And did he send you both these letters at pead; líp a great peard under his muffier. an initant?
Frá Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour. fos, follow; see but the issue of my jealousy: if
Ford. Pardon me, wife: Henceforth do what I cry out thus upon no trail 4, never trust me when
thou wilt ; I open again.
I rather will suspect the sun with cold, [stand, Page Let's obey his humour a little further :
-Than thee with wantonness: now doth thy honour Come, gentlemen.
[Exeunt. In him that was of late an heretic, Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. As firm as faith. M. Fad. Nay, by the mass, that he did not ;
Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well; no more. beba him moft unpitifully, methought. Be not as extreme in submission,
Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallow'd, and As in offence; so'er the altar ; it hath done meritorious fer- But let our plot go forward; let our wives
Yet once again, to make us public sport, s. Ferd. What think you? may we, with the Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow, wzmat of womanhood, and the witness of a good Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. arece, 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 zaout of him; if the devil have him not in fee
in the park traple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I At midnight! fie, fie; he will never come. Cas is the way of waste, attempt us again. Eva. You say, he hath been thrown into the
tri. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how we rivers ; and hath been grievously peaten, as an old 2 lerved him?
'oman: methinks, there should be terrors in him, ! L=. Lezan is derived from leef, Dutch, beloved, and man.
2 Dauberies are disguises.
A This applied to a woman, imports much the same with fall or fiab spoken of a man. a: 599 is borrowed from hunting. Trail is the scent left by the pallage of the game. To ***, is to open or bark. 5 Meaning, there would be no proper catastrophe.
o That is, they
aedit for you.
that he iculd not come: methinks, his flesh is and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the punith’d, he thall have no desires.
knight with my taber. Page. So think I too.
Ford, This will be excellent. I'll go buy them 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 devite to bring him hither.
the fairies, Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that | Finely attired in a robe of white. lierne the hunter,
Page. That tilk will I go buy ;-and in that time Sometime a kecper here in Wi:dfor forest, Shall matter Slender steal my Nan away, [-Alide. Doth all the winter time, at fiil midnight, And marry her at Eaton.-Go, send to Falitaif* Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns ;
straight. And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle; Ford. Nay, 1'll to him again in the name of Brook : And makes milch-kine yield blood, and thakes a He'll tell me all his purpose. Sure, he'll come. In a most hideous and dreadful manoer: [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,
md 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 pak: Send Quickly to fir Jobu, to know his mind. But what of this?
[Exit Mrs. Ferd. Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device;
I'll to the doctor; he liath my good will, That Falitaff 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 lerne, with huge horns on his head. And he my husband best of all attects:
Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, The doctor is well money’d, and his friends And in this mape: When you have brought him Potent at court; he, none but he thall have her, thither,
Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave What Thall be done with him? what is your plot :
[Exile Mrs. Page. That likewise we have thought
S CE N E V. Nan Page my daughter, and my little fun,
Tbc Garter inn. And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress
Enter Hojt and Simple. Like urchins 3, ouphes, and fairies, green and white,
Hol. What would'it thou have, boor? what, With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, thick-lkin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, And rattles in their hands ; upon a ludden, quick, fnap. As Falttatt, the, and I, are newly met,
Sip: Marry', sir, I come to speak with fir Jolin Let them from forth a law-pit rush at once
Falltaf from matter Slender. With some diffused + song: upon their right, Higji. There's bis chamber, his house, his castle, W: two in great amazedness will My :
liis Itanding-hed, and truckle-bed ?; 'tis painted Then let them all encircle him about,
about with the story of the prodigal, freih 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, Anthropophagiri.ang unto thee : Knock, I say. In their fo facred patlis be dares to tread
Simp. There's an old woman, a fat woman gone In shape prophane?
up into his chamber; I'll be to bold as stay, fir, Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth,
'till the come down: I come to speak with her, Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound,
indeed. And burn him with their tapers.
Hoji. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be Mrs. Page. The truth being known, robbit: I'll call.----Bully knight! Bully fir John! We'll all present ourselves; dil-horn the spirit, speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? And mock him bome to Windlor.
it is thine hofi, thine Ephesian, calls. Ford. The children must
Fulliai above. Be practis'd well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. Fal. How now, mine hoit?
Eva. I will teach the children their bchaviours Ilgf. Here's a Bohemian Tartar 9 tarries the
upon, and thus :
I To take, here means to leize or strike with a disease.
2 Meaning, age.
3 Urchin is a hedge
4 Dr. hrg; but is here uled to lignily any thing little and dwarfish. Ouph is a fairy or goblin. Warburton lays, this fignifies a long that strikes out into wild sentiments beyond the bounds of nature, fuch as those whose subject is fairy land. s Properties are incidenta! ncceffaries to a theatre, exclufive of scenes and dresses. 6 To trick, is to dress out. 7 The usual furniture of chambers in those times conlisted of a itanding-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 attonil) Simple; an efiect which he probably likewise means to produce by ine word Epuefian, which follows. 9 Sce the preceding nole.
coming dosen of thy fat woman: Let her descend, horses and money. I tell you for good-will, look bat, let ber descend; 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 Falfaff. Fare you well.
[Exit. Fal. There was, mine hoft, an old fat woman
Enter Caius. even now with me; but she's gone.
Caius. Vere is mine Hojt de Jarterre? Si. Pray you, sir, was 't not the wise woman of Hoft. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and Bretter?
Joubtful dilemma. Fal. Ay, marry was it, muffel-lhell?; What would Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat : But it is tell-a-me, you with her?
you make a grand preparation for a duke de Ja. Siap. My master, sir, master Slender sent to her, many: by my trot, dere is no duke, dat de court is lenz her go through the street, to know, fir, whe- know, to come: I tell you for good-vill: alieu. ther cae ym, fir, that beguild him of a chair, had
(Exit. the chais, or no.
Hof. Hue and cry, villain, go! aslift me, knight; Fil. I spake with the old woman about it. I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, villain! I'm 3:45. And what says she, I pray, fir?
[Exis. E_I. Mrry, the says, that the very same man, Fal. I would all the world might be cozen'd; the bequrd maiter Slender of his chain, cozen'd for I have been cozen'd, and beaten too. If it hit.
1hould come to the ear of the court, how I have Siap. I would I could have spoken with the wo- been transformd, and how my transformation hath Tu berief; I had other things to have spoken been wah'd and cudgeld, they would melt me wt ter too, from him.
out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fisherFul. What are they? let us know,
men's boots with me : 1 warrant, they would N::. Av, come; quick.
whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crest. Sf. I may not conceal them, fir,
faln as a dry'd pear. I never prosper'd since I Fil. Caceal them, or thou dy'lt.
foreswore myself at Primero 3. Well, if my wind Suzy. Why, sir, they were nothing but about were but long enough to say my prayers, I would ntret Anne Page; to know, if it were my mal- repent.ter: tune to have her, or no.
Enter Miftyofs Quickly. Tod's Tin, 'tis his fortune.
Now! whence came you? 5. Whit, sir?
Quic. From the two parties, forsooth. 124. To hare her—or no: Go; say the woman Fal, The devil take one party, and his dam the De in.
other, and so they shall be both bestow'd! I have siem. Vize I he so bold to say so, sir? suffer'd inore for their fakes, more, than the vil. Fa. Av, ir Tike; like who more bold. lainous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to
Sres. I think your worship: I thall make my bear. Nutrid with these tidings. [Exit Simpl. Quic. And have not they suffer'd ? yes, I was
H. Tiou art cierklp 2, thou art cierkly, fir rant ; specionly one of them ; mistress Ford, good Jan: Was there a wise woman with thee? heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot lea
Ful A, that there was, mine hoft; one, that a white spot about her. that me mure wit than ever I learn'd before Fal. What tell'lt thou me of black and blue? in un lte: 2d I pant nothing for it neither, but I was beaten myself into all the colours of the rains pud for my learning.
bow'; and I was like to be apprehended for the Enter Bardolph.
wich of Prentford, but that my admirable dexFird. Out, alas, sir! cozenage! mere cozenage! terity of wit, counterfeiting the action of an old
H. Where be my horses ? speak well of them, woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable had Tarletto.
let me i' the stocks, i the common stocks, for a B: Run asvay with the cozeners: for fo foon witch. zlote berond Eaton, they threw me off, from Quic. Sir, let me speak with you in your cham. beba one of them, in a iluugh of mire, and set ber : you shall hear how things go; and, I war, fra, ard away, like three German devils, three rant, to your content. Here is a letter will say Doctor Fanitus's.
somewhat. Good hearts, what ado is here to buing H. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- you together! sure, one of you does not serve 3: du oot lay, they are fied; Germans are ho- heaven wel!, that you are so cross d.
Fal. Come up into my chainber,
[Excunt. Exter Sir Hugh Evans,
S CE N E
Enter Fenton and Hoft. 32. Have a care of your entertainments: there Hoft. Mafter Fenton, talk not to me; my mind, iafrad of mind come to town, tells me, there
is heavy, I will give over all. 6 ore citizin-germans, that has cozen'd all the Fent. Yet hear me speak; Allift me in my beats of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, oft purpose, Fa!tarf probably calls Simple muffel-fhell, from his standing with his mcuth open.
? That is, kozz-aiks, ' * A game at cards,
And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee While other sports are talking of their minds,
Host. 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 hare 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 sees 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 mark'd and vizarded) That neither, singly, can be manifested,
That quaint S in green, she 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 1 of the jest And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe,
[Sbewing a letter. To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, I'll new you here at large. Hark, good mine The maid hath given consent to go with him. hoft;
[one, Højt. Which means the to deceive? father or To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and
mother? Mult 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 doćtor Caius, hath appointed
Feni. So shall I evermore be bound to thee ; That he shall likewise shuffle her away, Besides, I'll make a present recompence. [Exeunt,
S Ç E N E I.
shape of man, master Brook, I fear not Goliah Enter Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly.
with a weaver's beam ; because I know alio,
life is a shuttle. I am in haste; go along with Fal.
Since I PRPYTHE E, no more pratling : -- o- me, I'll tell you, all, master Brook.
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. fay, 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 N E II.
Windsor Park. matter will be known to-night, or never.
Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. you in the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak, Page. Come, come ; we'll couch i' the castle, and you shall fee 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, mal- I come to her in white, and cry, mum; he cries, ter Brook, like a poor old woman. That same budget; and by that we know one another. knive, 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 me 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
1 That is, the representation. 2 In the letter. 3 Even here means as. 4 Perhaps we should read denote,
s As quaint signifies fantastical, the meaning may be, fantastically drest in green, To mince is to walk with affected delicacy, ? That is, a watch-word.