The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans
persuade (v.) 1 urge, entreat, beseech

 

SHALLOW

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Sir Hugh, persuade me not. I will make

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a Star-Chamber matter of it. If he were twenty Sir
Star-chamber (n.) supreme court of justice

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John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow,
abuse (v.) 2 misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong

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Esquire.

 

SLENDER

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In the county of Gloucester, justice of peace and

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Coram.
Coram (n.) malapropism for ‘quorum’ [part of a legal formula for installing the number of justices needed to constitute a bench]

 

SHALLOW

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Ay, cousin Slender, and Custalorum.

 

SLENDER

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Ay, and Ratolorum too. And a gentleman born,
Ratolorum (n.) malapropism for ‘rotulorum’ [= of the rolls]

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master parson, who writes himself Armigero – in any
armigero (n.) esquire [entitled to bear heraldic arms]
write (v.) 3 sign, designate, call

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bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero.
bill (n.) 6 bill of exchange, money order
obligation (n.) bond, agreement, legal document
quittance (n.) 3 document certifying a release from debt, receipt of discharge

 

SHALLOW

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Ay, that I do, and have done any time these

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three hundred years.

 

SLENDER

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All his successors gone before him hath done't;

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and all his ancestors that come after him may. They may

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give the dozen white luces in their coat.
coat (n.) 1 coat-of-arms
give (v.) 7 display, show, bear arms of
luce (n.) [heraldry] pike [type of fish]

 

SHALLOW

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It is an old coat.

 

EVANS

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The dozen white louses do become an old coat well.
become (v.) 3 put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to

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It agrees well, passant. It is a familiar beast to man, and
familiar (adj.) 2 close to a family, domestic
passant (adj.) [heraldry] walking, with three paws on the ground and one raised

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signifies love.

 

SHALLOW

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The luce is the fresh fish. The salt fish is an
salt (adj.) 1 salt-water, sea

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old coat.

 

SLENDER

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I may quarter, coz?
quarter (v.) 1 add a coat-of-arms to a [quarter of] a shield

 

SHALLOW

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You may, by marrying.

 

EVANS

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It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.

 

SHALLOW

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Not a whit.

 

EVANS

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Yes, py'r lady. If he has a quarter of your coat,

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there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple
skirt (n.) 1 one of four pieces of cloth forming the lower part of a long coat

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conjectures. But that is all one. If Sir John Falstaff

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have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the

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Church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make

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atonements and compromises between you.
atonement (n.) reconciliation, appeasement, harmony
compromise (n.) settlement, solution, amicable arrangement

 

SHALLOW

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The Council shall hear it. It is a riot.

 

EVANS

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It is not meet the Council hear a riot. There is no
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper

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fear of Got in a riot. The Council, look you, shall desire

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to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot. Take your

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vizaments in that.
vizament (n.) malapropism for ‘advisement’ [consideration]

 

SHALLOW

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Ha! O'my life, if I were young again, the

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sword should end it.

 

EVANS

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It is petter that friends is the swort, and end it.
swort (n.) pronunciation of ‘sword’ or ‘sort’ [= outcome]

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And there is also another device in my prain, which

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peradventure prings goot discretions with it. There is
peradventure (adv.) perhaps, maybe, very likely

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Anne Page, which is daughter to Master George Page,

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which is pretty virginity.

 

SLENDER

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Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and

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speaks small like a woman?
small (adj.) 3 high-pitched, fluting, thin

 

EVANS

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It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just as you
just (adv.) 1 exactly, precisely

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will desire. And seven hundred pounds of moneys, and

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gold, and silver, is her grandsire upon his death's-bed –

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Got deliver to a joyful resurrections! – give, when she is

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able to overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot

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motion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire
pribbles and prabbles vain chatter and silly quarrelling

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a marriage between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne

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Page.

 

SHALLOW

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Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred
grandsire (n.) 1 grandfather

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pound?

 

EVANS

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Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.
make (v.) 9 give, provide

 

SHALLOW

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I know the young gentlewoman. She has good
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady

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gifts.
gift (n.) 1 quality, accomplishment, talent

 

EVANS

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Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is goot
possibility (n.) 2 (plural) financial prospects

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gifts.

 

SHALLOW

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Well, let us see honest Master Page. Is

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Falstaff there?

 

EVANS

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Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar as I do

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despise one that is false, or as I despise one that is not
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious

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true. The knight Sir John is there. And I beseech you be

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ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door for
well-willer (n.) well-wisher, one who offers good will

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Master Page. (He knocks) What, ho! Got pless your

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house here!

  

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(within)

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Who's there?

 

EVANS

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Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, and

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Justice Shallow; and here young Master Slender, that

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peradventures shall tell you another tale, if matters grow
peradventure (adv.) perhaps, maybe, very likely

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to your likings.

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Enter Page

 

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I am glad to see your worships well. I thank you

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for my venison, Master Shallow.

 

SHALLOW

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Master Page, I am glad to see you. Much good

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do it your good heart! I wished your venison better – it

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was ill killed. How doth good Mistress Page? – And I
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably

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thank you always with my heart, la! With my heart.

 

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Sir, I thank you.

 

SHALLOW

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Sir, I thank you. By yea and no, I do.

 

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I am glad to see you, good Master Slender.

 

SLENDER

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How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard
fallow (adj.) 2 fawn-coloured, pale brown

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say he was outrun on Cotsall.

 

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It could not be judged, sir.
judge (v.) 2 establish, determine, decide upon

 

SLENDER

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You'll not confess. You'll not confess.

 

SHALLOW

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That he will not. 'Tis your fault, 'tis your
fault (n.) 2 mistake, error, blunder

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fault. 'Tis a good dog.

 

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A cur, sir.

 

SHALLOW

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Sir, he's a good dog and a fair dog. Can there

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be more said? He is good and fair. Is Sir John Falstaff

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here?

 

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Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good

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office between you.
office (n.) 5 service, sympathy, kindness

 

EVANS

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It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.

 

SHALLOW

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He hath wronged me, Master Page.

 

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Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

 

SHALLOW

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If it be confessed, it is not redressed. Is not that

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so, Master Page? He hath wronged me, indeed he hath,

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at a word, he hath. Believe me – Robert Shallow,
word, at a 1 in a word, once and for all, in short

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Esquire, saith he is wronged.

 

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Here comes Sir John.

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Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol

 

FALSTAFF

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Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me

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to the King?

 

SHALLOW

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Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my

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deer, and broke open my lodge.

 

FALSTAFF

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But not kissed your keeper's daughter?

 

SHALLOW

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Tut, a pin! This shall be answered.
answer (v.) 3 satisfy, discharge, requite
pin (n.) 1 trifle, triviality, insignificant amount

 

FALSTAFF

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I will answer it straight. I have done all this.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once

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That is now answered.

 

SHALLOW

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The Council shall know this.

 

FALSTAFF

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'Twere better for you if it were known in

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counsel. You'll be laughed at.
counsel (n.) 5 secrecy, confidence, privacy

 

EVANS

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Pauca verba, Sir John, goot worts.
pauca... few words

 

FALSTAFF

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Good worts? Good cabbage! – Slender, I
wort (n.) 2 [pun on Evans' pronunciation of ‘word’] cabbage

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broke your head. What matter have you against me?
break (v.) 8 crack, split, beat
matter (n.) 5 reason, cause, ground

 

SLENDER

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Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against
matter (n.) 7 pus, discharge, fluid [from a wound]

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you, and against your cony-catching rascals, Bardolph,
cogging (adj.) deceiving, cheating, double-crossing
cony-catching (adj.) cheating, swindling

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Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and
carry (v.) 6 take, lead, conduct

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made me drunk, and afterward picked my pocket.
afterward (adv.) afterwards

 

BARDOLPH

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You Banbury cheese!

 

SLENDER

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Ay, it is no matter.

 

PISTOL

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How now, Mephostophilus?

 

SLENDER

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Ay, it is no matter.

 

NYM

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Slice, I say. Pauca, pauca. Slice! That's my humour.
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]

 

SLENDER

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Where's Simple, my man? Can you tell,

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cousin?

 

EVANS

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Peace, I pray you. Now let us understand. There is
understand (v.) 2 come to an understanding, arrive at agreement

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three umpires in this matter, as I understand – that is,
umpire (n.) arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator

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Master Page, fidelicet Master Page; and there is myself,

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fidelicet myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally,

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mine host of the Garter.

 

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We three to hear it, and end it between them.

 

EVANS

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Fery goot. I will make a prief of it in my notebook,
brief (n.) 1 summary, short account

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and we will afterwards 'ork upon the cause with as great

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discreetly as we can.

 

FALSTAFF

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Pistol!

 

PISTOL

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He hears with ears.

 

EVANS

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The tevil and his tam! What phrase is this, ‘He

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hears with ear'? Why, it is affectations.

 

FALSTAFF

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Pistol, did you pick Master Slender's purse?

 

SLENDER

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Ay, by these gloves, did he – or I would I

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might never come in mine own great chamber again

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else – of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward
mill-sixpence (n.) sixpence made in a coin-making mill

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shovel-boards, that cost me two shillings and twopence
shovel-board (n.) wide coin used as a counter in the game of shovel-board

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apiece of Yed Miller, by these gloves.

 

FALSTAFF

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Is this true, Pistol?

 

EVANS

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No, it is false, if it is a pickpurse.
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
pickpurse, pick-purse (n.) pickpocket, purse-stealer

 

PISTOL

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Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! – Sir John and master mine,

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I combat challenge of this latten bilbo.
bilbo (n.) sword [from Bilbao, noted for its flexibility]
combat (n.) duel, trial by duel
latten (adj.) made of thin brass, tin-plate

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Word of denial in thy labras here!

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Word of denial! Froth and scum, thou liest!

  

SLENDER

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(pointing to Nym)

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By these gloves, then 'twas he.

 

NYM

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Be advised, sir, and pass good humours. I will say
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
pass (v.) 12 experience, feel

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‘ Marry trap with you,’ if you run the nuthook's humour
humour (n.) 3 style, method, way, fashion
nuthook, nut-hook (n.) constable, beadle, officer
run (v.) 1 pass, spread, bring, cause to flow

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on me. That is the very note of it.
note (n.) 3 characteristic, trait, distinctive feature

 

SLENDER

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By this hat, then he in the red face had it. For

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though I cannot remember what I did when you made

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me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

 

FALSTAFF

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What say you, Scarlet and John?

 

BARDOLPH

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Why, sir, for my part, I say the gentleman

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had drunk himself out of his five sentences.

 

EVANS

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It is his ‘ five senses.’ Fie, what the ignorance is!

 

BARDOLPH

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And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashiered.
cashier (v.) 1 rob, fleece, relieve of money

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And so conclusions passed the careers.
career (n.) 2 racecourse, horse-racing track
conclusion (n.) 1 outcome, upshot, final result
pass (v.) 1 surpass, go beyond, outdo

 

SLENDER

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Ay, you spake in Latin then too. But 'tis no

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matter. I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but in

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honest, civil, godly company, for this trick. If I be

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drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of

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God, and not with drunken knaves.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue

 

EVANS

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So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind.
mind (n.) 2 intention, purpose, intent

 

FALSTAFF

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You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen.

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You hear it.

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Enter Anne Page, with wine, Mistress Ford, and

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Mistress Page

 

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Nay, daughter, carry the wine in – we'll drink

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within.

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Exit Anne Page

 

SLENDER

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O heaven! This is Mistress Anne Page.

 

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How now, Mistress Ford?

 

FALSTAFF

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Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well

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met. By your leave, good mistress.

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He kisses her

 

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Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. Come, we

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have a hot venison pasty to dinner. Come, gentlemen, I

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hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

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Exeunt all except Slender

 

SLENDER

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I had rather than forty shillings I had my Book

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of Songs and Sonnets here.

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Enter Simple

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How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait

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on myself, must I? You have not the Book of Riddles

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about you, have you?

 

SIMPLE

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Book of Riddles? Why, did you not lend it to

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Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight

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afore Michaelmas?

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Enter Shallow and Evans

 

SHALLOW

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Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A word

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with you, coz. Marry, this, coz – there is as 'twere a

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tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh
afar off (adv.) indirectly, in a roundabout way
tender (n.) 2 proposal of marriage, offer of betrothal

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here. Do you understand me?

 

SLENDER

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Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable. If it be
reasonable (adj.) 2 moderate, not excessive, fair-minded

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so, I shall do that that is reason.
reason (n.) 7 reasonable treatment, justified course of action

 

SHALLOW

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Nay, but understand me.

 

SLENDER

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So I do, sir.

 

EVANS

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Give ear to his motions. Master Slender, I will
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer

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description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

 

SLENDER

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Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says. I

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pray you pardon me. He's a justice of peace in his

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country, simple though I stand here.
country (n.) district, region, quarter
simple though I stand here as sure as I stand here; or: though who am I to say so

 

EVANS

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But that is not the question. The question is

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concerning your marriage.

 

SHALLOW

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Ay, there's the point, sir.

 

EVANS

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Marry, is it, the very point of it – to Mistress Anne

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Page.

 

SLENDER

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Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any

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reasonable demands.
demand (n.) 2 condition, request, claim

 

EVANS

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But can you affection the 'oman? Let us command
affection (v.) have affection for, love

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to know that of your mouth, or of your lips – for divers
divers (adj.) different, various, several

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philosophers hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth.
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit

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Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will to
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination

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the maid?

 

SHALLOW

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Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

 

SLENDER

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I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become one that
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to

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would do reason.
reason (n.) 7 reasonable treatment, justified course of action

 

EVANS

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Nay, Got's lords and his ladies! You must speak

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possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards
carry (v.) 6 take, lead, conduct
possitable (adj.) version of ‘positively’

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her.

 

SHALLOW

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That you must. Will you, upon good dowry,

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marry her?

 

SLENDER

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I will do a greater thing than that, upon your

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request, cousin, in any reason.

 

SHALLOW

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Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz –
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow

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what I do is to pleasure you, coz. Can you love the maid?
pleasure (v.) please, gratify, give pleasure to

 

SLENDER

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I will marry her, sir, at your request. But if

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there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may

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decrease it upon better acquaintance when we are
decrease (v.) malapropism for ‘increase’

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married and have more occasion to know one another.

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I hope upon familiarity will grow more content. But if
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

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you say ‘ Marry her,’ I will marry her – that I am freely

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dissolved, and dissolutely.
dissolutely (adv.) malapropism for ‘resolutely’
dissolved (adj.) 2 malapropism for ‘resolved’

 

EVANS

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It is a fery discretion answer, save the fall is in the
fall (n.) 2 mistake, fault, lapse

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'ord ‘ dissolutely.’ The 'ort is, according to our meaning,

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‘ resolutely.’ His meaning is good.

 

SHALLOW

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Ay, I think my cousin meant well.

 

SLENDER

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Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la!

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Enter Anne Page

 

SHALLOW

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Here comes fair Mistress Anne. Would I

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were young for your sake, Mistress Anne!

 

ANNE

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The dinner is on the table. My father desires your

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worships' company.

 

SHALLOW

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I will wait on him, fair Mistress Anne.
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend

 

EVANS

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'Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at the

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grace.

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Exeunt Shallow and Evans

 

ANNE

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Will't please your worship to come in, sir?

 

SLENDER

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No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily. I am very
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed

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well.

 

ANNE

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The dinner attends you, sir.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect

 

SLENDER

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I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth.

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(To Simple) Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait

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upon my cousin Shallow.

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Exit Simple

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A justice of peace sometime may be beholding to his
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted
sometime (adv.) 2 sometimes, now and then

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friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet,

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till my mother be dead. But what though? Yet I live
what though what of it, never mind

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like a poor gentleman born.

 

ANNE

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I may not go in without your worship – they will

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not sit till you come.

 

SLENDER

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I'faith, I'll eat nothing. I thank you as much as

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though I did.

 

ANNE

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I pray you, sir, walk in.
walk in (v.) come in, enter

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.263 
I had rather walk here, I thank you. I bruised my

MW I.i.264 
shin th'other day with playing at sword and dagger with

MW I.i.265 
a master of fence – three veneys for a dish of stewed
fence (n.) 1 fencing ability, skill at swordplay
veney (n.) [fencing] bout, turn

MW I.i.266 
prunes – and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of

MW I.i.267 
hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so? Be there

MW I.i.268 
bears i'th'town?

 

ANNE

MW I.i.269 
I think there are, sir. I heard them talked of.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.270 
I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel
quarrel at (v.) object to; or: start quarrelling at
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment

MW I.i.271 
at it as any man in England. You are afraid if you see the

MW I.i.272 
bear loose, are you not?

 

ANNE

MW I.i.273 
Ay, indeed, sir.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.274 
That's meat and drink to me, now. I have seen

MW I.i.275 
Sackerson loose twenty times, and have taken him by

MW I.i.276 
the chain. But, I warrant you, the women have so cried
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm

MW I.i.277 
and shrieked at it, that it passed. But women, indeed,
pass (v.) 1 surpass, go beyond, outdo

MW I.i.278 
cannot abide 'em – they are very ill-favoured rough
ill-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly

MW I.i.279 
things.

MW I.i.280 
Enter Page
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

 

PAGE

MW I.i.280 
Come, gentle Master Slender, come. We stay for

MW I.i.281 
you.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.282 
I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir.

 

PAGE

MW I.i.283 
By cock and pie, you shall not choose, sir! Come,

MW I.i.284 
come.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.285 
Nay, pray you lead the way.

 

PAGE

MW I.i.286 
Come on, sir.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.287 
Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.

 

ANNE

MW I.i.288 
Not I, sir. Pray you, keep on.
keep on (v.) go ahead, go on, carry on

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.289 
Truly, I will not go first, truly, la! I will not do

MW I.i.290 
you that wrong.

 

ANNE

MW I.i.291 
I pray you, sir.

 

SLENDER

MW I.i.292 
I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome.

MW I.i.293 
You do yourself wrong, indeed, la!

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Exeunt

 
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