The Merry Wives of Windsor


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Act I
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Act V
Enter Mistress Page, Mistress Ford, and Doctor Caius


MISTRESS PAGE

Master Doctor, my daughter is in green.

When you see your time, take her by the hand, away

with her to the deanery, and dispatch it quickly. Go
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

before into the Park. We two must go together.


CAIUS

I know vat I have to do. Adieu.


MISTRESS PAGE

Fare you well, sir.

Exit Caius

My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of
abuse (n.) 1 deception, hoax, fraud

Falstaff as he will chafe at the doctor's marrying my
chafe (v.) 1 fret, rage, seethe

daughter. But 'tis no matter. Better a little chiding

than a great deal of heartbreak.
chiding (n.) 1 telling-off, scolding, rebuke


MISTRESS FORD

Where is Nan now, and her troop of

fairies, and the Welsh devil Hugh?


MISTRESS PAGE

They are all couched in a pit hard by
couch (v.) 1 conceal, hide, lie hidden

Herne's Oak, with obscured lights, which, at the very

instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they will at once

display to the night.


MISTRESS FORD

That cannot choose but amaze him.
amaze (v.) 2 alarm, dismay, scare


MISTRESS PAGE

If he be not amazed, he will be mocked.
mock (v.) 3 deceive, delude, mislead

If he be amazed, he will every way be mocked.
mock (v.) 1 make fun of, ridicule


MISTRESS FORD

We'll betray him finely.
betray (v.) 1 deceive, seduce, mislead
finely (adv.) nicely, delicately, subtly


MISTRESS PAGE

Against such lewdsters and their lechery,
lewdster (n.) debaucher, profligate, lascivious individual

Those that betray them do no treachery.


MISTRESS FORD

The hour draws on. To the Oak, to the

Oak!

Exeunt

 
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