The Merry Wives of Windsor


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Falstaff and Mistress Quickly
hold (v.) 3 stand firm, continue, carry on


FALSTAFF

Prithee no more prattling. Go. I'll hold. This

is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.

Away; go. They say there is divinity in odd numbers,
divinity (n.) 2 divination, divine power, supernatural presence

either in nativity, chance, or death. Away.


MISTRESS QUICKLY

I'll provide you a chain, and I'll do

what I can to get you a pair of horns.


FALSTAFF

Away, I say; time wears. Hold up your head,
wear (v.) 2 pass, waste, run out

and mince.
mince (v.) 2 walk like a lady, walk with delicate short steps

Exit Mistress Quickly

Enter Ford disguised as Brook

How now, Master Brook! Master Brook, the matter will

be known tonight or never. Be you in the Park about
park (n.) hunting ground

midnight, at Herne's Oak, and you shall see wonders.


FORD

Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as you told me

you had appointed?


FALSTAFF

I went to her, Master Brook, as you see, like

a poor old man. But I came from her, Master Brook, like

a poor old woman. That same knave Ford, her husband,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

hath the finest mad devil of jealousy in him, Master

Brook, that ever governed frenzy. I will tell you: he

beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in the

shape of man, Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a

weaver's beam, because I know also life is a shuttle. I
beam (n.) 1 wooden roller in a loom

am in haste. Go along with me. I'll tell you all, Master

Brook. Since I plucked geese, played truant and whipped

top, I knew not what 'twas to be beaten till lately.

Follow me. I'll tell you strange things of this knave

Ford, on whom tonight I will be revenged. And I will

deliver his wife into your hand. Follow. Strange things

in hand, Master Brook! Follow.

Exeunt

 
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