Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Beadles dragging in Hostess Quickly and Doll

Tearsheet


HOSTESS

No, thou arrant knave! I would to God that I
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
beadle (n.) 1 parish constable
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

might die, that I might have thee hanged. Thou hast

drawn my shoulder out of joint.


FIRST BEADLE

The constables have delivered her over

to me, and she shall have whipping-cheer, I warrant
whipping-cheer (n.) whipping fare, good flogging

her; there hath been a man or two killed about her.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


DOLL

Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on, I 'll tell
nuthook, nut-hook (n.) constable, beadle, officer

thee what, thou damned tripe-visaged rascal, an the
tripe-visaged (adj.) tripe-faced, flabby

child I go with do miscarry, thou wert better thou hadst
go (v.) 8 be pregnant, be with child

struck thy mother, thou paper-faced villain.


HOSTESS

O the Lord, that Sir John were come! I would

make this a bloody day to somebody. But I pray God

the fruit of her womb miscarry!


FIRST BEADLE

If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions

again – you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you

both, go with me, for the man is dead that you and

Pistol beat amongst you.


DOLL

I'll tell you what, you thin man in a censer, I will
censer (n.) perfuming vessel with a perforated and ornamented lid

have you as soundly swinged for this – you bluebottle
bluebottle (adj.) blue-coated, blue-uniformed
swinge (v.) beat, thrash, flog

rogue, you filthy famished correctioner, if you be not
correctioner (n.) one from the House of Correction [the Bridewell]

swinged I'll forswear half-kirtles.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count
half-kirtle skirt [lower part of a kirtle]


FIRST BEADLE

Come, come, you she knight-errant,
knight-errant (n.) adventurer; night-sinner

come!


HOSTESS

O God, that right should thus overcome might!

Well, of sufferance comes ease.
sufferance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, hardship


DOLL

Come, you rogue, come, bring me to a justice.


HOSTESS

Ay, come, you starved bloodhound.


DOLL

Goodman death, goodman bones!


HOSTESS

Thou atomy, thou!
atomy (n.) 2 mite, tiny being


DOLL

Come, you thin thing, come, you rascal!
rascal (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing


FIRST BEADLE

Very well.

Exeunt

 
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