Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Hostess of the tavern with two officers, Fang

and Snare


HOSTESS

Master Fang, have you entered the action?
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
enter (v.) 2 begin, take the first steps in


FANG

It is entered.


HOSTESS

Where's your yeoman? Is't a lusty yeoman?
lusty (adj.) 1 vigorous, strong, robust, eager
yeoman (n.) 1 man who owns property but is not a gentleman; land-holding farmer

Will 'a stand to't?
stand to (v.) 1 maintain, uphold, be steadfast in


FANG

Sirrah – where's Snare?


HOSTESS

O Lord, ay! Good Master Snare.


SNARE

(from behind them)

Here, here!


FANG

Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.


HOSTESS

Yea, good Master Snare, I have entered him and
enter (v.) 2 begin, take the first steps in

all.


SNARE

It may chance cost some of us our lives, for he will

stab.


HOSTESS

Alas the day, take heed of him – he stabbed me

in mine own house, most beastly, in good faith. 'A cares

not what mischief he does, if his weapon be out. He

will foin like any devil; he will spare neither man,
foin (v.) [fencing] thrust, lunge

woman, nor child.


FANG

If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust
close (v.) 2 get to grips, come to close quarters


HOSTESS

No, nor I neither; I'll be at your elbow.


FANG

An I but fist him once, an 'a come but within my
fist (v.) strike [with the fist], punch, knock

vice –
vice (n.) 2 grip, grasp


HOSTESS

I am undone by his going, I warrant you, he's an
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

infinitive thing upon my score. Good Master Fang,
infinitive (adj.) malapropism for ‘infinite’
score (n.) 2 tavern-bill, alehouse tally

hold him sure; good Master Snare, let him not 'scape.
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count
sure (adv.) 1 securely, safely, well

'A comes continuantly to Pie Corner – saving your
continuantly (adv.) malapropism for ‘incontinently’ [= continually]

manhoods – to buy a saddle, and he is indited to dinner
indite (v.) 2 malapropism for ‘invite’

to the Lubber's Head in Lumbert Street to Master

Smooth's the silkman. I pray you, since my exion is
exion (n.) idiosyncratic form of ‘action’

entered, and my case so openly known to the world, let
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance

him be brought in to his answer. A hundred mark is a long
answer (n.) 2 interrogation, cross-examination, appearance in court, trial

one for a poor lone woman to bear, and I have borne,

and borne, and borne, and have been fubbed off, and
fub off (v.) fob off, put off

fubbed off, and fubbed off, from this day to that day,

that it is a shame to be thought on. There is no honesty

in such dealing, unless a woman should be made an ass,

and a beast, to bear every knave's wrong.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Falstaff, Bardolph, and the Page
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
malmsey-nose (adj.) nose the colour of malmsey

Yonder he comes, and that arrant malmsey-nose knave

Bardolph with him. Do your offices, do your offices,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Master Fang and Master Snare, do me, do me, do me

your offices.


FALSTAFF

How now! whose mare's dead? What's the
mare's dead, whose what's the fuss, what's going on

matter?


FANG

I arrest you at the suit of Mistress Quickly.
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

Away, varlets! Draw, Bardolph! Cut me off
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian

the villain's head! Throw the quean in the channel!
channel (n.) 2 open drain, gutter
quean (n.) bawd, jade, hussy


HOSTESS

Throw me in the channel? I'll throw thee in
channel (n.) 2 open drain, gutter

the channel! Wilt thou, wilt thou, thou bastardly rogue?
bastardly (adj.) malapropism for ‘dastardly’

Murder! Murder! Ah, thou honeysuckle villain, wilt
honeysuckle (adj.) malapropism for ‘homicidal’

thou kill God's officers and the King's? Ah, thou

honeyseed rogue! Thou art a honeyseed, a man-queller
honeyseed (n.) malapropism for ‘homicide’
queller (n.) destroyer, killer

– and a woman-queller.


FALSTAFF

Keep them off, Bardolph!


FANG

A rescue! A rescue!
rescue (n.) 2 [cry for help to stop someone escaping] help, assistance


HOSTESS

Good people, bring a rescue or two. Thou wot,
rescue (n.) 2 [cry for help to stop someone escaping] help, assistance

wot thou, thou wot, wot ta? Do, do, thou rogue! Do,
ta (pron.) dialect form of ‘thou’
wot (v.) 2 [dialect] wilt See Topics: Verb forms

thou hempseed!
hempseed (n.) malapropism for ‘homicide’


PAGE

Away, you scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian!
rampallian (n.) ruffian, villain, scoundrel
scullion (n.) 1 menial, lackey, domestic servant

I'll tickle your catastrophe!
catastrophe (n.) 1 conclusion, end-point, expiration
fustilarian (n.) [unclear meaning] smelly old woman
tickle your catastrophe [catch phrase] make your bottom tingle

Enter the Lord Chief Justice and his men


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

What is the matter? Keep the

peace here, ho!


HOSTESS

Good my lord, be good to me; I beseech you,

stand to me.
stand to (v.) 2 stand by, side with, support


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

How now, Sir John! What are you brawling here?

Doth this become your place, your time, and business?
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

You should have been well on your way to York.

Stand from him, fellow; wherefore hangest thou upon him?


HOSTESS

O my most worshipful lord, an't please your

grace, I am a poor widow of Eastcheap, and he is

arrested at my suit.
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

For what sum?


HOSTESS

It is more than for some, my lord, it is for all I

have. He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath

put all my substance into that fat belly of his – but I

will have some of it out again, or I will ride thee a-nights
mare (n.) goblin that causes nightmares [by sitting on the sleeper's chest]
ride (v.) 3 press, harass, pursue

like the mare.


FALSTAFF

I think I am as like to ride the mare if I have
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

any vantage of ground to get up.
vantage (n.) 4 helpful position, beneficial location


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

How comes this, Sir John? What

man of good temper would endure this tempest of
temper (n.) 1 frame of mind, temperament, disposition

exclamation? Are you not ashamed to enforce a poor

widow to so rough a course to come by her own?
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

What is the gross sum that I owe thee?
gross (adj.) 3 whole, total, entire


HOSTESS

Marry, if thou wert an honest man, thyself and

the money too. Thou didst swear to me upon a parcel-gilt
parcel-gilt (adj.) partly gilded

goblet, sitting in my Dolphin chamber, at the

round table, by a sea-coal fire, upon Wednesday in
sea-coal (adj.) mined coal of high quality brought by sea

Wheeson week, when the Prince broke thy head for

liking his father to a singing-man of Windsor, thou
like (v.) 5 liken, make like, make resemble
singing-man (n.) professional musician belonging to a royal chapel or cathedral

didst swear to me then, as I was washing thy wound,

to marry me, and make me my lady thy wife. Canst

thou deny it? Did not goodwife Keech the butcher's
goodwife (n.) mistress of a house, Mrs

wife come in then and call me gossip Quickly? – coming
gossip (n.) 2 friend, neighbour See Topics: Address forms

in to borrow a mess of vinegar, telling us she had a good
mess (n.) 5 small quantity, little bit

dish of prawns, whereby thou didst desire to eat some,

whereby I told thee they were ill for a green wound?
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count

And didst thou not, when she was gone downstairs,

desire me to be no more so familiarity with such poor
familiarity (adj.) malapropism for ‘familiar’

people, saying that ere long they should call me madam?

And didst thou not kiss me, and bid me fetch thee thirty

shillings? I put thee now to thy book oath. Deny it if
book (n.) 3 Bible, prayer-book

thou canst.


FALSTAFF

My lord, this is a poor mad soul, and she says

up and down the town that her eldest son is like you.

She hath been in good case, and the truth is, poverty
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance

hath distracted her. But, for these foolish officers, I
distract (adj.) 2 drive mad, derange, unbalance

beseech you I may have redress against them.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, Sir John, I am well

acquainted with your manner of wrenching the true

cause the false way. It is not a confident brow, nor the
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken

throng of words that come with such more than

impudent sauciness from you, can thrust me from a
sauciness (n.) insolence, rudeness, impertinence

level consideration. You have, as it appears to me,
level (adj.) 1 steady, steadfast, constant

practised upon the easy-yielding spirit of this woman,
practise on / upon (v.) 2 work upon, act craftily with, make to operate

and made her serve your uses both in purse and in

person.


HOSTESS

Yea, in truth, my lord.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Pray thee, peace. Pay her the

debt you owe her, and unpay the villainy you have done

with her; the one you may do with sterling money and
sterling (adj.) genuine, real, legal

the other with current repentance.
current (adj.) 1 [as of a coin] authentic, genuine, valid


FALSTAFF

My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without
sneap (n.) snub, reproof, rebuke

reply. You call honourable boldness impudent sauciness;

if a man will make curtsy and say nothing, he is
curtsy, curtsey (n.) 1 act of courteous respect, deferential action, bow

virtuous. No, my lord, my humble duty remembered,

I will not be your suitor. I say to you I do desire

deliverance from these officers, being upon hasty

employment in the King's affairs.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

You speak as having power to do
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action

wrong; but answer in the effect of your reputation, and
effect (n.) 3 sign, mark, token, manifestation

satisfy the poor woman.


FALSTAFF

Come hither, hostess.

He takes her aside

Enter Gower


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Now, Master Gower, what news?


GOWER

The King, my lord, and Harry Prince of Wales

Are near at hand; the rest the paper tells.

He gives him a letter


FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman!


HOSTESS

Faith, you said so before.


FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman! Come, no more words

of it.


HOSTESS

By this heavenly ground I tread on, I must be

fain to pawn both my plate and the tapestry of my
fain (adj.) 1 obliged, forced, compelled
plate (n.) 1 special tableware, household utensils of value

dining-chambers.


FALSTAFF

Glasses, glasses, is the only drinking; and for
only (adj.) 1 outstanding, peerless, pre-eminent

thy walls, a pretty slight drollery, or the story of the
drollery (n.) 1 comic picture, cartoon, caricature

Prodigal, or the German hunting, in waterwork, is
waterwork (n.) watercolour, distemper [imitating tapestry]

worth a thousand of these bed-hangers and these fly-bitten
bed-hanger (n.) hanging tapestry for a four-poster bed

tapestries. Let it be ten pound if thou canst.

Come, an 'twere not for thy humours, there's not a

better wench in England! Go, wash thy face, and draw
draw (v.) 12 withdraw, revoke
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

the action. Come, thou must not be in this humour with
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

me; dost not know me? Come, come, I know thou wast

set on to this.
set on (v.) 1 encourage, urge, incite


HOSTESS

Pray thee, Sir John, let it be but twenty nobles;

i'faith, I am loath to pawn my plate, so God save me,
plate (n.) 1 special tableware, household utensils of value

la!


FALSTAFF

Let it alone; I'll make other shift – you'll be a
shift (n.) 1 expedient, measure, arrangement [especially as 'make shift' = contrive]

fool still.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


HOSTESS

Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my

gown. I hope you'll come to supper. You'll pay me all

together?


FALSTAFF

Will I live? (To Bardolph) Go, with her, with

her! Hook on, hook on!
hook on (v.) stay close behind


HOSTESS

Will you have Doll Tearsheet meet you at

supper?


FALSTAFF

No more words; let's have her.

Exeunt Hostess, Fang, Snare, Bardolph, and Page


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

I have heard better news.


FALSTAFF

What's the news, my lord?


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Where lay the King tonight?


GOWER

At Basingstoke, my lord.


FALSTAFF

I hope, my lord, all's well. What is the news,

my lord?


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Come all his forces back?


GOWER

No, fifteen hundred foot, five hundred horse
foot (n.) 1 foot-soldiers, infantry
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

Are marched up to my lord of Lancaster,

Against Northumberland and the Archbishop.


FALSTAFF

Comes the King back from Wales, my noble

lord?


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

You shall have letters of me presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

Come, go along with me, good Master Gower.


FALSTAFF

My lord!


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

What's the matter?


FALSTAFF

Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me to
entreat, intreat (v.) 1 persuade, prevail upon

dinner?


GOWER

I must wait upon my good lord here, I thank you,

good Sir John.


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, you loiter here too long,

being you are to take soldiers up in counties as you go.
take up (v.) 6 recruit, enlist, levy


FALSTAFF

Will you sup with me, Master Gower?
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

What foolish master taught you

these manners, Sir John?


FALSTAFF

Master Gower, if they become me not, he was
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

a fool that taught them me. This is the right fencing

grace, my lord: tap for tap, and so part fair.
grace (n.) 10 procedure, attitude, affectation


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

Now the Lord lighten thee, thou
lighten (v.) 2 enlighten, send spiritual illumination to

art a great fool.

Exeunt

 
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