The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Mist. Page, Robin, Ford, Page, Shallow, Slender, Host, Euans, Caius.Enter Mistress Page and Robin MW III.ii.1.1
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Nay keepe your way (little Gallant) youNay, keep your way, little gallant. Yougallant (n.)fine gentleman, man of fashionMW III.ii.1
keep your way
old form: keepe
keep going, don't stop
were wont to be a follower, but now you are a Leader:were wont to be a follower, but now you are a leader.wont (v.)be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit ofMW III.ii.2
whether had you rather lead mine eyes, or eye yourWhether had you rather, lead mine eyes, or eye yourwhether (pron.)which of the twoMW III.ii.3
masters heeles?master's heels? MW III.ii.4
Rob. ROBIN 
I had rather (forsooth) go before you like a man,I had rather, forsooth, go before you like a manforsooth (adv.)in truth, certainly, truly, indeedMW III.ii.5
then follow him like a dwarfe.than follow him like a dwarf. MW III.ii.6
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
O you are a flattering boy, now I seeO, you are a flattering boy. Now I see MW III.ii.7
you'l be a Courtier.you'll be a courtier. MW III.ii.8
Enter Ford MW III.ii.9
Ford. FORD 
Well met mistris Page, whether go you.Well met, Mistress Page. Whither go you? MW III.ii.9
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
Truly Sir, to see your wife, is she atTruly, sir, to see your wife. Is she at MW III.ii.10
home?home? MW III.ii.11
Ford. FORD 
I, and as idle as she may hang together for wantAy; and as idle as she may hang together, for wantidle (adj.)bored, jaded, weariedMW III.ii.12
hang together (v.)keep in one piece, carry on existing
of company: I thinke if your husbands were dead, youof company. I think, if your husbands were dead, you MW III.ii.13
two would marry.two would marry. MW III.ii.14
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
Be sure of that, two other husbands.Be sure of that – two other husbands. MW III.ii.15
Ford. FORD 
Where had you this pretty weather-cocke?Where had you this pretty weathercock? MW III.ii.16
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
I cannot tell what (the dickens) his nameI cannot tell what the dickens his name MW III.ii.17
is my husband had him of, what do you cal youris that my husband had him of. What do you call your MW III.ii.18
Knights name sirrah?knight's name, sirrah?sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]MW III.ii.19
Rob. ROBIN 
Sir Iohn Falstaffe.Sir John Falstaff. MW III.ii.20
Ford. FORD 
Sir Iohn Falstaffe.Sir John Falstaff? MW III.ii.21
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
He, he, I can neuer hit on's name; thereHe, he. I can never hit on's name. There MW III.ii.22
is such a league betweene my goodman, and he: is youris such a league between my good man and he. Is yourleague (n.)compact, alliance, treaty, bond of friendshipMW III.ii.23
goodman (adj.)[title for a person under the rank of gentleman] mister, master
Wife at home indeed?wife at home indeed? MW III.ii.24
Ford. FORD 
Indeed she is.Indeed she is. MW III.ii.25
M. Pa. MISTRESS PAGE 
By your leaue sir, I am sicke till I see her.By your leave, sir. I am sick till I see her.sick (adj.)
old form: sicke
longing, pining, avid
MW III.ii.26
Exeunt Mistress Page and Robin MW III.ii.26
Ford. FORD 
Has Page any braines? Hath he any eies? Hath heHas Page any brains? Hath he any eyes? Hath he MW III.ii.27
any thinking? Sure they sleepe, he hath no vse of them:any thinking? Sure, they sleep; he hath no use of them. MW III.ii.28
why this boy will carrie a letter twentie mile as easie, as aWhy, this boy will carry a letter twenty mile as easy as a MW III.ii.29
Canon will shoot point-blanke twelue score: hee peecescannon will shoot point-blank twelve score. He piecespoint-blank (adv.)
old form: point-blanke
straight, with a direct aim
MW III.ii.30
piece out (v.)
old form: peeces out
augment, increase, supplement
out his wiues inclination: he giues her folly motion andout his wife's inclination. He gives her folly motion andmotion (n.)urging, prompting, encouragementMW III.ii.31
folly (n.)wantonness, lewdness
aduantage: and now she's going to my wife, & advantage. And now she's going to my wife, andadvantage (n.)
old form: aduantage
right moment, favourable opportunity
MW III.ii.32
Falstaffes boy with her: A man may heare this showre singFalstaff's boy with her. A man may hear this shower singsing (v.)anticipate trouble, see storm-clouds brewingMW III.ii.33
in the winde; and Falstaffes boy with her: good plots,in the wind. And Falstaff's boy with her! Good plots! MW III.ii.34
they are laide, and our reuolted wiues share damnationThey are laid; and our revolted wives share damnationrevolted (adj.)
old form: reuolted
faithless, disloyal, inconstant
MW III.ii.35
together. Well, I will take him, then torture my wife,together. Well, I will take him, then torture my wife,take (v.)catch out, take by surpriseMW III.ii.36
torture (v.)torment, afflict, plague
plucke the borrowed vaile of modestie from the pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the MW III.ii.37
so-seeming Mist. Page, divulge Page himselfe for a so-seeming Mistress Page, divulge Page himself for aseeming (adj.)apparent, convincing in appearanceMW III.ii.38
divulge (v.)proclaim, reveal, make publicly known
secure and wilfull Acteon, and to these violentsecure and wilful Actaeon; and to these violentsecure (adj.)over-confident, unsuspecting, too self-confidentMW III.ii.39
Actaeon (n.)
old form: Acteon
[pron: ak'tayon] cuckold; hunter who saw Artemis (goddess of chastity) bathing naked; she changed him into a stag, who was killed by his own hounds
proceedings all my neighbors shall cry aime.proceedings all my neighbours shall cry aim.aim, cry
old form: aime
[archery] show applause, shout approval [of]
MW III.ii.40
The town clock strikes MW III.ii.41
The clocke giues me my Qu, and my assurance bids me The clock gives me my cue, and my assurance bids me MW III.ii.41
search, there I shall finde Falstaffe: I shall be rathersearch. There I shall find Falstaff. I shall be rather MW III.ii.42
praisd for this, then mock'd, for it is as possitiue, as thepraised for this than mocked, for it is as positive as the MW III.ii.43
earth is firme, that Falstaffe is there: I will go.earth is firm that Falstaff is there. I will go. MW III.ii.44
Enter Page, Shallow, Slender, Host, Evans, Caius, MW III.ii.45.1
and Rugby MW III.ii.45.2
Shal. Page, &c. ALL 
Well met Mr Ford.Well met, Master Ford. MW III.ii.45
Ford. FORD 
Trust me, a good knotte; I haue good cheere at home,Trust me, a good knot. I have good cheer at home,cheer (n.)
old form: cheere
entertainment, fare, food and drink
MW III.ii.46
knot (n.)
old form: knotte
company, band, assembly
trust mebelieve me
and I pray you all go with me.and I pray you all go with me. MW III.ii.47
Shal. SHALLOW 
I must excuse my selfe Mr Ford.I must excuse myself, Master Ford. MW III.ii.48
Slen. SLENDER 
And so must I Sir, / We haue appointed to dineAnd so must I, sir. We have appointed to dineappoint (v.)agree, arrange, make an appointmentMW III.ii.49
with Mistris Anne, / And I would not breake with her forwith Mistress Anne, and I would not break with her forbreak (v.)
old form: breake
break one's promise, not keep one's word
MW III.ii.50
more mony / Then Ile speake of.more money than I'll speak of. MW III.ii.51
Shal. SHALLOW 
We haue linger'd about a match betweene AnWe have lingered about a match between Annelinger (v.)
old form: linger'd
stay on [in town], wait around
MW III.ii.52
Page, and my cozen Slender, and this day wee shall hauePage and my cousin Slender, and this day we shall have MW III.ii.53
our answer.our answer. MW III.ii.54
Slen. SLENDER 
I hope I haue your good will Father Page.I hope I have your good will, father Page. MW III.ii.55
Pag. PAGE 
You haue Mr Slender, I stand wholly for you,You have, Master Slender – I stand wholly for you.stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay putMW III.ii.56
But my wife (Mr Doctor) is for you altogether.But my wife, Master Doctor, is for you altogether. MW III.ii.57
Cai. CAIUS 
I be-gar, and de Maid is loue-a-me: my nursh-a-Ay, be-gar, and de maid is love-a me – my nursh-a MW III.ii.58
Quickly tell me so mush.Quickly tell me so mush. MW III.ii.59
Host. HOST 
What say you to yong Mr Fenton? He capers,What say you to young Master Fenton? He capers,caper (v.)be lively, show high spiritsMW III.ii.60
he dances, he has eies of youth: he writes verses, heehe dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he MW III.ii.61
speakes holliday, he smels April and May, he wilspeaks holiday, he smells April and May. He willspeak holiday
old form: speakes holliday
speak entertainingly; or: talk in a refined way
MW III.ii.62
carry't, he will carry't, 'tis in his buttons, he willcarry't, he will carry't. 'Tis in his buttons he willbuttons, in one's[unclear meaning] very plain, easy to seeMW III.ii.63
carry it (away)[from a falconry term ‘to fly away with the game’] win the day, have the advantage, succeed
carry't.carry't. MW III.ii.64
Page. PAGE 
Not by my consent I promise you. The GentlemanNot by my consent, I promise you. The gentleman MW III.ii.65
is of no hauing, hee kept companie with the wilde Prince,is of no having. He kept company with the wild Princehaving (n.)
old form: hauing
fortune, estate, means
MW III.ii.66
and Pointz: he is of too high a Region, he knows tooand Poins. He is of too high a region, he knows tooregion (n.)rank, sphere, social standingMW III.ii.67
much: no, hee shall not knit a knot in his fortunes, withmuch. No, he shall not knit a knot in his fortunes withknit, knit up (v.)tie, fasten [by means of a knot]MW III.ii.68
the finger of my substance: if he take her, let him takethe finger of my substance. If he take her, let him take MW III.ii.69
her simply: the wealth I haue waits on my consent, andher simply. The wealth I have waits on my consent, andwait on / upon (v.)depend on, be subject toMW III.ii.70
simply (adv.)as is, without dowry
my consent goes not that way.my consent goes not that way. MW III.ii.71
Ford. FORD 
I beseech you heartily, some of you goe home withI beseech you heartily, some of you go home with MW III.ii.72
me to dinner: besides your cheere you shall haue sport,me to dinner. Besides your cheer, you shall have sport –sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMW III.ii.73
I will shew you a monster: Mr Doctor, you shal go, I will show you a monster. Master Doctor, you shall go. MW III.ii.74
so shall you Mr Page, and you Sir Hugh.So shall you, Master Page, and you, Sir Hugh. MW III.ii.75
Shal. SHALLOW 
Well, fare you well: We shall haue the freerWell, fare you well. We shall have the freerfare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MW III.ii.76
woing at Mr Pages.wooing at Master Page's. MW III.ii.77
Exeunt Shallow and Slender MW III.ii.77
Cai. CAIUS 
Go home Iohn Rugby, I come anon.Go home, John Rugby. I come anon.anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyMW III.ii.78
Exit Rugby MW III.ii.78
Host. HOST 
Farewell my hearts, I will to my honest KnightFarewell, my hearts. I will to my honest knight MW III.ii.79
Falstaffe, and drinke Canarie with him.Falstaff, and drink canary with him.canary, canaries (n.)
old form: Canarie
variety of sweet wine from the Canary Islands
MW III.ii.80
Exit MW III.ii.80
Ford. FORD 
I thinke I shall drinke in Pipe-wine first with (aside) I think I shall drink in pipe-wine first withpipe-wine (n.)wine drawn directly from the cask [pipe]MW III.ii.81
him, Ile make him dance. Will you go, Gentles?him; I'll make him dance. – Will you go, gentles?gentle (n.)(plural) gentlemenMW III.ii.82
All. ALL 
Haue with you, to see this Monster. Have with you to see this monster.have with youI'll join you, I'll be with youMW III.ii.83
ExeuntExeunt MW III.ii.83
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