The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Enter Iustice Shallow, Slender, Sir Hugh Euans, Master Page, Falstoffe, Bardolph, Nym, Pistoll, Anne Page, Mistresse Ford, Mistresse Page, Simple.Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evanspersuade (v.)
old form: perswade
urge, entreat, beseech
MW I.i.1
Shallow.SHALLOW 
SIr Hugh, perswade me not: I will makeSir Hugh, persuade me not. I will make MW I.i.1
a Star-Chamber matter of it, if hee were twenty Sira Star-Chamber matter of it. If he were twenty SirStar-chamber (n.)supreme court of justiceMW I.i.2
Iohn Falstoffs, he shall not abuse Robert ShallowJohn Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow,abuse (v.)misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrongMW I.i.3
Esquire.Esquire. MW I.i.4
Slen. SLENDER 
In the County of Glocester, Iustice of Peace andIn the county of Gloucester, justice of peace and MW I.i.5
Coram.Coram.Coram (n.)malapropism for ‘quorum’ [part of a legal formula for installing the number of justices needed to constitute a bench]MW I.i.6
Shal. SHALLOW 
I (Cosen Slender) and Cust-alorum.Ay, cousin Slender, and Custalorum. MW I.i.7
Slen. SLENDER 
I, and Rato lorum too; and a Gentleman borneAy, and Ratolorum too. And a gentleman born,Ratolorum (n.)malapropism for ‘rotulorum’ [= of the rolls]MW I.i.8
(Master Parson) who writes himselfe Armigero, in anymaster parson, who writes himself Armigero – in anyarmigero (n.)esquire [entitled to bear heraldic arms]MW I.i.9
write (v.)sign, designate, call
Bill, Warrant, Quittance, or Obligation, Armigero.bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero.bill (n.)bill of exchange, money orderMW I.i.10
obligation (n.)bond, agreement, legal document
quittance (n.)document certifying a release from debt, receipt of discharge
Shal. SHALLOW 
I that I doe, and haue done any time theseAy, that I do, and have done any time these MW I.i.11
three hundred yeeres.three hundred years. MW I.i.12
Slen. SLENDER 
All his successors (gone before him) hath don't:All his successors gone before him hath done't; MW I.i.13
and all his Ancestors (that come after him) may: they mayand all his ancestors that come after him may. They may MW I.i.14
giue the dozen white Luces in their Coate.give the dozen white luces in their coat.coat (n.)
old form: Coate
coat-of-arms
MW I.i.15
luce (n.)[heraldry] pike [type of fish]
give (v.)
old form: giue
display, show, bear arms of
Shal. SHALLOW 
It is an olde Coate.It is an old coat. MW I.i.16
Euans. EVANS 
The dozen white Lowses doe become an old Coat well:The dozen white louses do become an old coat well.become (v.)put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance toMW I.i.17
it agrees well passant: It is a familiar beast to man, and It agrees well, passant. It is a familiar beast to man, andpassant (adj.)[heraldry] walking, with three paws on the ground and one raisedMW I.i.18
familiar (adj.)close to a family, domestic
signifies Loue.signifies love. MW I.i.19
Shal. SHALLOW 
The Luse is the fresh-fish, the salt-fish, is anThe luce is the fresh fish. The salt fish is ansalt (adj.)salt-water, seaMW I.i.20
old Coate.old coat. MW I.i.21
Slen. SLENDER 
I may quarter (Coz).I may quarter, coz?quarter (v.)add a coat-of-arms to a [quarter of] a shieldMW I.i.22
Shal. SHALLOW 
You may, by marrying.You may, by marrying. MW I.i.23
Euans. EVANS 
It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.It is marring indeed, if he quarter it. MW I.i.24
Shal. SHALLOW 
Not a whit.Not a whit. MW I.i.25
Euan. EVANS 
Yes per-lady: if he ha's a quarter of your coat,Yes, py'r lady. If he has a quarter of your coat, MW I.i.26
there is but three Skirts for your selfe, in my simplethere is but three skirts for yourself, in my simpleskirt (n.)one of four pieces of cloth forming the lower part of a long coatMW I.i.27
coniectures; but that is all one: if Sir Iohn Falstaffe conjectures. But that is all one. If Sir John Falstaff MW I.i.28
haue committed disparagements vnto you, I am of thehave committed disparagements unto you, I am of the MW I.i.29
Church and will be glad to do my beneuolence, to makeChurch, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make MW I.i.30
attonements and compremises betweene you.atonements and compromises between you.atonement (n.)
old form: attonements
reconciliation, appeasement, harmony
MW I.i.31
compromise (n.)
old form: compremises
settlement, solution, amicable arrangement
Shal. SHALLOW 
The Councell shall heare it, it is a Riot.The Council shall hear it. It is a riot. MW I.i.32
Euan. EVANS 
It is not meet the Councell heare a Riot: there is noIt is not meet the Council hear a riot. There is nomeet (adj.)fit, suitable, right, properMW I.i.33
feare of Got in a Riot: The Councell (looke you) shall desirefear of Got in a riot. The Council, look you, shall desire MW I.i.34
to heare the feare of Got, and not to heare a Riot: take yourto hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot. Take your MW I.i.35
viza-ments in that.vizaments in that.vizament (n.)
old form: viza-ments
malapropism for ‘advisement’ [consideration]
MW I.i.36
Shal. SHALLOW 
Ha; o'my life, if I were yong againe, the Ha! O'my life, if I were young again, the MW I.i.37
sword should end it.sword should end it. MW I.i.38
Euans. EVANS 
It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it:It is petter that friends is the swort, and end it.swort (n.)pronunciation of ‘sword’ or ‘sort’ [= outcome]MW I.i.39
and there is also another deuice in my praine, whichAnd there is also another device in my prain, which MW I.i.40
peraduenture prings goot discretions with it. There isperadventure prings goot discretions with it. There isperadventure (adv.)
old form: peraduenture
perhaps, maybe, very likely
MW I.i.41
Anne Page, which is daughter to Master Thomas Page,Anne Page, which is daughter to Master George Page, MW I.i.42
which is pretty virginity.which is pretty virginity. MW I.i.43
Slen. SLENDER 
Mistris Anne Page? she has browne haire, andMistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and MW I.i.44
speakes small like a woman.speaks small like a woman?small (adj.)high-pitched, fluting, thinMW I.i.45
Euans. EVANS 
It is that ferry person for all the orld, as iust as youIt is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just as youjust (adv.)
old form: iust
exactly, precisely
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will desire, and seuen hundred pounds of Moneyes, andwill desire. And seven hundred pounds of moneys, and MW I.i.47
Gold, and Siluer, is her Grand-sire vpon his deaths-bed,gold, and silver, is her grandsire upon his death's-bed – MW I.i.48
(Got deliuer to a ioyfull resurrections) giue, when she isGot deliver to a joyful resurrections! – give, when she is MW I.i.49
able to ouertake seuenteene yeeres old. It were a gootable to overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot MW I.i.50
motion, if we leaue our pribbles and prabbles, and desiremotion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desirepribbles and prabblesvain chatter and silly quarrellingMW I.i.51
a marriage betweene Master Abraham, and Mistris Anne a marriage between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne MW I.i.52
Page.Page. MW I.i.53
Slen. SHALLOW 
Did her Grand-sire leaue her seauen hundredDid her grandsire leave her seven hundredgrandsire (n.)
old form: Grand-sire
grandfather
MW I.i.54
pound?pound? MW I.i.55
Euan. EVANS 
I, and her father is make her a petter penny.Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.make (v.)give, provideMW I.i.56
Slen. SHALLOW 
I know the young Gentlewoman, she has goodI know the young gentlewoman. She has goodgentlewoman (n.)woman of good breeding, well-born ladyMW I.i.57
gifts.gifts.gift (n.)quality, accomplishment, talentMW I.i.58
Euan. EVANS 
Seuen hundred pounds, and possibilities, is gootSeven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is gootpossibility (n.)(plural) financial prospectsMW I.i.59
gifts.gifts. MW I.i.60
Shal. SHALLOW 
Wel, let vs see honest Mr Page: is Well, let us see honest Master Page. Is MW I.i.61
Falstaffe there?Falstaff there? MW I.i.62
Euan. EVANS 
Shall I tell you a lye? I doe despise a lyer, as I doeShall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar as I do MW I.i.63
despise one that is false, or as I despise one that is notdespise one that is false, or as I despise one that is notfalse (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousMW I.i.64
true: the Knight Sir Iohn is there, and I beseech you betrue. The knight Sir John is there. And I beseech you be MW I.i.65
ruled by your well-willers: I will peat the doore for ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door forwell-willer (n.)well-wisher, one who offers good willMW I.i.66
Mr. Page. What hoa? Got-plesse yourMaster Page. (He knocks) What, ho! Got pless yourGot (n.)Welsh pronunciation of 'God'MW I.i.67
house heere.house here! MW I.i.68
Mr. Page.PAGE  
(within) MW I.i.69
Who's there?Who's there? MW I.i.69
Euan. EVANS 
Here is go't's plessing and your friend, andHere is Got's plessing, and your friend, and MW I.i.70
Iustice Shallow, and heere yong Master Slender: thatJustice Shallow; and here young Master Slender, that MW I.i.71
peraduentures shall tell you another tale, if matters growperadventures shall tell you another tale, if matters growperadventure (adv.)
old form: peraduentures
perhaps, maybe, very likely
MW I.i.72
to your likings.to your likings. MW I.i.73
Enter Page MW I.i.74
Mr. Page. PAGE 
I am glad to see your Worships well: I thanke youI am glad to see your worships well. I thank you MW I.i.74
for my Venison Master Shallow.for my venison, Master Shallow. MW I.i.75
Shal. SHALLOW 
Master Page, I am glad to see you: much goodMaster Page, I am glad to see you. Much good MW I.i.76
doe it your good heart: I wish'd your Venison better, itdo it your good heart! I wished your venison better – it MW I.i.77
was ill killd: how doth good Mistresse Page? and Iwas ill killed. How doth good Mistress Page? – And Iill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyMW I.i.78
thank you alwaies with my heart, la: with my heart.thank you always with my heart, la! With my heart.la (int.)indeedMW I.i.79
M. Page. PAGE 
Sir, I thanke you.Sir, I thank you. MW I.i.80
Shal. SHALLOW 
Sir, I thanke you: by yea, and no I doe.Sir, I thank you. By yea and no, I do.yea and no, byby yes and no [emphatic assertion, replacing a real oath]MW I.i.81
M. Pa. PAGE 
I am glad to see you, good Master Slender.I am glad to see you, good Master Slender. MW I.i.82
Slen. SLENDER 
How do's your fallow Greyhound, Sir, I heardHow does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heardfallow (adj.)fawn-coloured, pale brownMW I.i.83
say he was out-run on Cotsall.say he was outrun on Cotsall.Cotsall, Cotsole (n.)Cotswold Hills; hill range mainly in GloucestershireMW I.i.84
M. Pa. PAGE 
It could not be iudg'd, Sir.It could not be judged, sir.judge (v.)
old form: iudg'd
establish, determine, decide upon
MW I.i.85
Slen. SLENDER 
You'll not confesse: you'll not confesse.You'll not confess. You'll not confess. MW I.i.86
Shal. SHALLOW 
That he will not, 'tis your fault, 'tis yourThat he will not. 'Tis your fault, 'tis yourfault (n.)mistake, error, blunderMW I.i.87
fault: 'tis a good dogge.fault. 'Tis a good dog. MW I.i.88
M. Pa. PAGE 
A Cur, Sir.A cur, sir. MW I.i.89
Shal. SHALLOW 
Sir: hee's a good dog, and a faire dog, can thereSir, he's a good dog and a fair dog. Can there MW I.i.90
be more said? he is good, and faire. Is Sir Iohn Falstaffebe more said? He is good and fair. Is Sir John Falstaff MW I.i.91
heere?here? MW I.i.92
M. Pa. PAGE 
Sir, hee is within: and I would I could doe a goodSir, he is within; and I would I could do a good MW I.i.93
office betweene you.office between you.office (n.)service, sympathy, kindnessMW I.i.94
Euan. EVANS 
It is spoke as a Christians ought to speake.It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak. MW I.i.95
Shal. SHALLOW 
He hath wrong'd me (Master Page.)He hath wronged me, Master Page. MW I.i.96
M. Pa. PAGE 
Sir, he doth in some sort confesse it.Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.sort (n.)way, mannerMW I.i.97
Shal. SHALLOW 
If it be confessed, it is not redressed; is not thatIf it be confessed, it is not redressed. Is not that MW I.i.98
so (M. Page?) he hath wrong'd me, indeed he hath,so, Master Page? He hath wronged me, indeed he hath, MW I.i.99
at a word he hath: beleeue me, Robert Shallow at a word, he hath. Believe me – Robert Shallow,word, at ain a word, once and for all, in shortMW I.i.100
Esquire, saith he is wronged.Esquire, saith he is wronged. MW I.i.101
Ma. Pa. PAGE 
Here comes Sir Iohn.Here comes Sir John. MW I.i.102
Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol MW I.i.103
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Now, Master Shallow, you'll complaine of me toNow, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me MW I.i.103
the King?to the King? MW I.i.104
Shal. SHALLOW 
Knight, you haue beaten my men, kill'd myKnight, you have beaten my men, killed my MW I.i.105
deere, and broke open my Lodge.deer, and broke open my lodge. MW I.i.106
Fal. FALSTAFF 
But not kiss'd your Keepers daughter?But not kissed your keeper's daughter? MW I.i.107
Shal. SHALLOW 
Tut, a pin: this shall be answer'd.Tut, a pin! This shall be answered.answer (v.)
old form: answer'd
satisfy, discharge, requite
MW I.i.108
pin (n.)trifle, triviality, insignificant amount
Fal. FALSTAFF 
I will answere it strait, I haue done all this:I will answer it straight. I have done all this.straight (adv.)
old form: strait
straightaway, immediately, at once
MW I.i.109
That is now answer'd.That is now answered. MW I.i.110
Shal. SHALLOW 
The Councell shall know this.The Council shall know this. MW I.i.111
Fal. FALSTAFF 
'Twere better for you if it were known in'Twere better for you if it were known in MW I.i.112
councell: you'll be laugh'd at.counsel. You'll be laughed at.counsel (n.)
old form: councell
secrecy, confidence, privacy
MW I.i.113
Eu. EVANS 
Pauca verba; (Sir Iohn) good worts.Pauca verba, Sir John, goot worts.pauca...few wordsMW I.i.114
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Good worts? good Cabidge; Slender, IGood worts? Good cabbage! – Slender, Iwort (n.)[pun on Evans' pronunciation of ‘word’] cabbageMW I.i.115
broke your head: what matter haue you against me?broke your head. What matter have you against me?break (v.)crack, split, beatMW I.i.116
matter (n.)reason, cause, ground
Slen. SLENDER 
Marry sir, I haue matter in my head against Marry, sir, I have matter in my head againstmarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMW I.i.117
matter (n.)pus, discharge, fluid [from a wound]
you, and against your cony-catching Rascalls, Bardolf, you, and against your cony-catching rascals, Bardolph,cony-catching (adj.)cheating, swindlingMW I.i.118
cogging (adj.)deceiving, cheating, double-crossing
Nym, and Pistoll.Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, andcarry (v.)take, lead, conductMW I.i.119
made me drunk, and afterward picked my pocket.afterward (adv.)afterwardsMW I.i.120
Bar. BARDOLPH 
You Banbery Cheese.You Banbury cheese!Banbury (n.)Oxfordshire town, known for its rich milk cheese about an inch thickMW I.i.121
Slen. SLENDER 
I, it is no matter.Ay, it is no matter. MW I.i.122
Pist. PISTOL 
How now, Mephostophilus?How now, Mephostophilus?Mephostophilus (n.)[mefi'stofolus] in Christian tradition, the name of a devilMW I.i.123
Slen. SLENDER 
I, it is no matter.Ay, it is no matter. MW I.i.124
Nym. NYM 
Slice, I say; pauca, pauca: Slice, that's my humor.Slice, I say. Pauca, pauca. Slice! That's my humour.humour (n.)
old form: humor
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
MW I.i.125
Slen. SLENDER 
Where's Simple my man? can you tell,Where's Simple, my man? Can you tell, MW I.i.126
Cosen?cousin? MW I.i.127
Eua. EVANS 
Peace, I pray you: now let vs vnderstand: there isPeace, I pray you. Now let us understand. There isunderstand (v.)
old form: vnderstand
come to an understanding, arrive at agreement
MW I.i.128
three Vmpires in this matter, as I vnderstand; that is,three umpires in this matter, as I understand – that is,umpire (n.)
old form: Vmpires
arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator
MW I.i.129
Master Page (fidelicet Master Page,) & there is my selfe,Master Page, fidelicet Master Page; and there is myself, MW I.i.130
(fidelicet my selfe) and the three party is (lastly, and finally)fidelicet myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, MW I.i.131
mine Host of the Gater.mine host of the Garter. MW I.i.132
Ma. Pa. PAGE 
We three to hear it, & end it between them.We three to hear it, and end it between them. MW I.i.133
Euan. EVANS 
Ferry goo't, I will make a priefe of it in my note-booke,Fery goot. I will make a prief of it in my notebook,brief (n.)
old form: priefe
summary, short account
MW I.i.134
and we wil afterwards orke vpon the cause, with as greatand we will afterwards 'ork upon the cause with as great MW I.i.135
discreetly as we can.discreetly as we can. MW I.i.136
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Pistoll.Pistol! MW I.i.137
Pist. PISTOL 
He heares with eares.He hears with ears. MW I.i.138
Euan. EVANS 
The Teuill and his Tam: what phrase is this? heThe tevil and his tam! What phrase is this, ‘He MW I.i.139
heares with eare? why, it is affectations.hears with ear'? Why, it is affectations. MW I.i.140
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Pistoll, did you picke M. Slenders purse?Pistol, did you pick Master Slender's purse? MW I.i.141
Slen. SLENDER 
I, by these gloues did hee, or I would IAy, by these gloves, did he – or I would I MW I.i.142
might neuer come in mine owne great chamber againemight never come in mine own great chamber again MW I.i.143
else, of seauen groates in mill-sixpences, and two Edward else – of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edwardmill-sixpence (n.)sixpence made in a coin-making millMW I.i.144
groat (n.)fourpenny piece
Shouelboords, that cost me two shilling and two penceshovel-boards, that cost me two shillings and twopenceshilling (n.)coin valued at twelve old pence or one twentieth of a poundMW I.i.145
shovel-board (n.)
old form: Shouelboords
wide coin used as a counter in the game of shovel-board
a peece of Yead Miller: by these gloues.apiece of Yed Miller, by these gloves. MW I.i.146
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Is this true, Pistoll?Is this true, Pistol? MW I.i.147
Euan. EVANS 
No, it is false, if it is a picke-purse.No, it is false, if it is a pickpurse.pickpurse, pick-purse (n.)
old form: picke-purse
pickpocket, purse-stealer
MW I.i.148
false (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
Pist. PISTOL 
Ha, thou mountaine Forreyner: Sir Iohn, and Master mine,Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! – Sir John and master mine, MW I.i.149
I combat challenge of this Latine Bilboe:I combat challenge of this latten bilbo.combat (n.)duel, trial by duelMW I.i.150
bilbo (n.)
old form: Bilboe
sword [from Bilbao, noted for its flexibility]
latten (adj.)
old form: Latine
made of thin brass, tin-plate
word of deniall in thy labras here;Word of denial in thy labras here! MW I.i.151
word of denial; froth, and scum thou liest.Word of denial! Froth and scum, thou liest! MW I.i.152
Slen. SLENDER  
(pointing to Nym) MW I.i.153
By these gloues, then 'twas he.By these gloves, then 'twas he. MW I.i.153
Nym. NYM 
Be auis'd sir, and passe good humours: I will sayBe advised, sir, and pass good humours. I will sayadvise, avise (v.)
old form: auis'd
warn, counsel, caution
MW I.i.154
pass (v.)
old form: passe
experience, feel
humour (n.)mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
marry trap with you, if you runne the nut-hooks humor‘ Marry trap with you,’ if you run the nuthook's humourmarry trap with you[unclear meaning] insulting or contemptuous exclamationMW I.i.155
nuthook, nut-hook (n.)constable, beadle, officer
run (v.)
old form: runne
pass, spread, bring, cause to flow
humour (n.)
old form: humor
style, method, way, fashion
on me, that is the very note of it.on me. That is the very note of it.note (n.)characteristic, trait, distinctive featureMW I.i.156
Slen. SLENDER 
By this hat, then he in the red face had it: forBy this hat, then he in the red face had it. For MW I.i.157
though I cannot remember what I did when you madethough I cannot remember what I did when you made MW I.i.158
me drunke, yet I am not altogether an asse.me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. MW I.i.159
Fal. FALSTAFF 
What say you Scarlet, and Iohn?What say you, Scarlet and John?John (n.)[in MW I.i.160] Little John, companion of Robin HoodMW I.i.160
Bar. BARDOLPH 
Why sir, (for my part) I say the GentlemanWhy, sir, for my part, I say the gentleman MW I.i.161
had drunke himselfe out of his fiue sentences.had drunk himself out of his five sentences. MW I.i.162
Eu. EVANS 
It is his fiue sences: fie, what the ignorance is.It is his ‘ five senses.’ Fie, what the ignorance is! MW I.i.163
Bar. BARDOLPH 
And being fap, sir, was (as they say) casheerd:And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashiered.cashier (v.)
old form: casheerd
rob, fleece, relieve of money
MW I.i.164
fap (adj.)drunk
and so conclusions past the Car-eires.And so conclusions passed the careers.conclusion (n.)outcome, upshot, final resultMW I.i.165
career (n.)
old form: Car-eires
racecourse, horse-racing track
pass (v.)
old form: past
surpass, go beyond, outdo
Slen. SLENDER 
I, you spake in Latten then to: but 'tis noAy, you spake in Latin then too. But 'tis no MW I.i.166
matter; Ile nere be drunk whilst I liue againe, but inmatter. I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but in MW I.i.167
honest, ciuill, godly company for this tricke: if I behonest, civil, godly company, for this trick. If I be MW I.i.168
drunke, Ile be drunke with those that haue the feare ofdrunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of MW I.i.169
God, and not with drunken knaues.God, and not with drunken knaves.knave (n.)
old form: knaues
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
MW I.i.170
Euan. EVANS 
So got-udge me, that is a vertuous minde.So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind.mind (n.)
old form: minde
intention, purpose, intent
MW I.i.171
Fal. FALSTAFF 
You heare all these matters deni'd, Gentlemen;You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen. MW I.i.172
you heare it.You hear it. MW I.i.173
Enter Anne Page, with wine, Mistress Ford, and MW I.i.174.1
Mistress Page MW I.i.174.2
Mr. Page. PAGE 
Nay daughter, carry the wine in, wee'll drinkeNay, daughter, carry the wine in – we'll drink MW I.i.174
within.within. MW I.i.175
Exit Anne Page MW I.i.175
Slen. SLENDER 
Oh heauen: This is Mistresse Anne Page.O heaven! This is Mistress Anne Page. MW I.i.176
Mr. Page. PAGE 
How now Mistris Ford?How now, Mistress Ford? MW I.i.177
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Mistris Ford, by my troth you are very welMistress Ford, by my troth, you are very welltroth, by myby my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]MW I.i.178
met: by your leaue good Mistris.met. By your leave, good mistress. MW I.i.179
He kisses her MW I.i.180
Mr. Page. PAGE 
Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: come, weWife, bid these gentlemen welcome. Come, we MW I.i.180
haue a hot Venison pasty to dinner; Come gentlemen, Ihave a hot venison pasty to dinner. Come, gentlemen, Ito (prep.)forMW I.i.181
hope we shall drinke downe all vnkindnesse.hope we shall drink down all unkindness. MW I.i.182
Exeunt all except Slender MW I.i.182
Slen. SLENDER 
I had rather then forty shillings I had my bookeI had rather than forty shillings I had my Bookshilling (n.)coin valued at twelve old pence or one twentieth of a poundMW I.i.183
of Songs and Sonnets heere:of Songs and Sonnets here. MW I.i.184
Enter Simple MW I.i.185
How now Simple, where haue you beene? I must waitHow now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait MW I.i.185
on my selfe, must I? you haue not the booke of Riddleson myself, must I? You have not the Book of Riddles MW I.i.186
about you, haue you?about you, have you? MW I.i.187
Sim. SIMPLE 
Booke of Riddles? why did you not lend it toBook of Riddles? Why, did you not lend it to MW I.i.188
Alice Short-cake vpon Alhallowmas last, a fortnightAlice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnightAllhallowmas (n.)in Christian tradition, All Saints' Day, 1 NovemberMW I.i.189
afore Michaelmas.afore Michaelmas?Michaelmas (n.)in Christian tradition, St Michael's Day, 29 SeptemberMW I.i.190
Enter Shallow and Evans MW I.i.191
Shal. SHALLOW 
Come Coz, come Coz, we stay for you: a wordCome, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A word MW I.i.191
with you Coz: marry this, Coz: there is as 'twere awith you, coz. Marry, this, coz – there is as 'twere a MW I.i.192
tender, a kinde of tender, made a farre-off by Sir Hugh tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hughafar off (adv.)
old form: a farre-off
indirectly, in a roundabout way
MW I.i.193
tender (n.)proposal of marriage, offer of betrothal
here: doe you vnderstand me?here. Do you understand me? MW I.i.194
Slen. SLENDER 
I Sir, you shall finde me reasonable; if it be Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable. If it bereasonable (adj.)moderate, not excessive, fair-mindedMW I.i.195
so, I shall doe that that is reason.so, I shall do that that is reason.reason (n.)reasonable treatment, justified course of actionMW I.i.196
Shal. SHALLOW 
Nay, but vnderstand me.Nay, but understand me. MW I.i.197
Slen. SLENDER 
So I doe Sir.So I do, sir. MW I.i.198
Euan. EVANS 
Giue eare to his motions; (Mr. Slender) I willGive ear to his motions. Master Slender, I willmotion (n.)proposal, proposition, suggestion, offerMW I.i.199
description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it. MW I.i.200
Slen. SLENDER 
Nay, I will doe as my Cozen Shallow saies: INay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says. I MW I.i.201
pray you pardon me, he's a Iustice of Peace in hispray you pardon me. He's a justice of peace in his MW I.i.202
Countrie, simple though I stand here.country, simple though I stand here.country (n.)
old form: Countrie
district, region, quarter
MW I.i.203
simple though I stand hereas sure as I stand here; or: though who am I to say so
Euan. EVANS 
But that is not the question: the question isBut that is not the question. The question is MW I.i.204
concerning your marriage.concerning your marriage. MW I.i.205
Shal. SHALLOW 
I, there's the point Sir.Ay, there's the point, sir. MW I.i.206
Eu. EVANS 
Marry is it: the very point of it, to Mi. An Marry, is it, the very point of it – to Mistress Anne MW I.i.207
Page.Page. MW I.i.208
Slen. SLENDER 
Why if it be so; I will marry her vpon anyWhy, if it be so, I will marry her upon any MW I.i.209
reasonable demands.reasonable demands.demand (n.)condition, request, claimMW I.i.210
Eu. EVANS 
But can you affection the 'o-man, let vs commandBut can you affection the 'oman? Let us commandaffection (v.)have affection for, loveMW I.i.211
to know that of your mouth, or of your lips: for diuersto know that of your mouth, or of your lips – for diversdivers (adj.)
old form: diuers
different, various, several
MW I.i.212
Philosophers hold, that the lips is parcell of the mouth:philosophers hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth.parcel (n.)
old form: parcell
part, piece, portion, bit
MW I.i.213
therfore precisely, cã you carry your good wil to Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will towill (n.)
old form: wil
desire, wish, liking, inclination
MW I.i.214
ye maid?the maid? MW I.i.215
Sh. SHALLOW 
Cosen Abraham Slender, can you loue her?Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her? MW I.i.216
Slen. SLENDER 
I hope sir, I will do as it shall become one thatI hope, sir, I will do as it shall become one thatbecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toMW I.i.217
would doe reason.would do reason.reason (n.)reasonable treatment, justified course of actionMW I.i.218
Eu. EVANS 
Nay, got's Lords, and his Ladies, you must speakeNay, Got's lords and his ladies! You must speak MW I.i.219
possitable, if you can carry-her your desires towardspossitable, if you can carry her your desires towardscarry (v.)take, lead, conductMW I.i.220
possitable (adj.)Welsh version of 'positively'
her.her. MW I.i.221
Shal. SHALLOW 
That you must: Will you, (vpon good dowry)That you must. Will you, upon good dowry, MW I.i.222
marry her?marry her? MW I.i.223
Slen. SLENDER 
I will doe a greater thing then that, vpon yourI will do a greater thing than that, upon your MW I.i.224
request (Cosen) in any reason.request, cousin, in any reason. MW I.i.225
Shal. SHALLOW 
Nay conceiue me, conceiue mee, (sweet Coz):Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz –conceive (v.)
old form: conceiue
understand, comprehend, follow
MW I.i.226
what I doe is to pleasure you (Coz:) can you loue the maid?what I do is to pleasure you, coz. Can you love the maid?pleasure (v.)please, gratify, give pleasure toMW I.i.227
Slen. SLENDER 
I will marry her (Sir) at your request; but ifI will marry her, sir, at your request. But if MW I.i.228
there bee no great loue in the beginning, yet Heauen maythere be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may MW I.i.229
decrease it vpon better acquaintance, when wee aredecrease it upon better acquaintance when we aredecrease (v.)malapropism for ‘increase’MW I.i.230
married, and haue more occasion to know one another:married and have more occasion to know one another. MW I.i.231
I hope vpon familiarity will grow more content: but ifI hope upon familiarity will grow more content. But ifcontent (n.)contentment, peace of mindMW I.i.232
you say mary-her, I will mary-her, that I am freelyyou say ‘ Marry her,’ I will marry her – that I am freely MW I.i.233
dissolued, and dissolutely.dissolved, and dissolutely.dissolved (adj.)
old form: dissolued
malapropism for ‘resolved’
MW I.i.234
dissolutely (adv.)malapropism for ‘resolutely’
Eu. EVANS 
It is a fery discetion-answere; saue the fall is in theIt is a fery discretion answer, save the fall is in thefall (n.)mistake, fault, lapseMW I.i.235
'ord, dissolutely: the ort is (according to our meaning)'ord ‘ dissolutely.’ The 'ort is, according to our meaning, MW I.i.236
resolutely: his meaning is good.‘ resolutely.’ His meaning is good. MW I.i.237
Sh. SHALLOW 
I: I thinke my Cosen meant well.Ay, I think my cousin meant well. MW I.i.238
Sl. SLENDER 
I, or else I would I might be hang'd (la.)Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la!la (int.)indeedMW I.i.239
Enter Anne Page MW I.i.240
Sh. SHALLOW 
Here comes faire Mistris Anne; would IHere comes fair Mistress Anne. Would I MW I.i.240
were yong for your sake, Mistris Anne.were young for your sake, Mistress Anne! MW I.i.241
An. ANNE 
The dinner is on the Table, my Father desires yourThe dinner is on the table. My father desires your MW I.i.242
worships company.worships' company. MW I.i.243
Sh. SHALLOW 
I will wait on him, (faire Mistris Anne.)I will wait on him, fair Mistress Anne.wait on / upon (v.)accompany, attendMW I.i.244
Eu. EVANS 
Od's plessed-wil: I wil not be absẽce at the'Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at the'Od[in emphatic expressions] shortened form of 'God'MW I.i.245
plessed (adj.)Welsh pronunciation of 'blessed'
grace.grace. MW I.i.246
Exeunt Shallow and Evans MW I.i.246
An. ANNE 
Wil't please your worship to come in, Sir?Will't please your worship to come in, sir? MW I.i.247
Sl. SLENDER 
No, I thank you forsooth, hartely; I am veryNo, I thank you, forsooth, heartily. I am veryforsooth (adv.)in truth, certainly, truly, indeedMW I.i.248
well.well. MW I.i.249
An. ANNE 
The dinner attends you, Sir.The dinner attends you, sir.attend (v.)await, wait for, expectMW I.i.250
Sl. SLENDER 
I am not a-hungry, I thanke you, forsooth:I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. MW I.i.251
goe, Sirha, for all you are my man, goe wait (To Simple) Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go waitwait on / upon (v.)accompany, attendMW I.i.252
for all (conj.)although
sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
vpon my Cosen Shallow: upon my cousin Shallow. MW I.i.253
Exit Simple MW I.i.253
a Iustice of peace sometime may be beholding to hisA justice of peace sometime may be beholding to hisbeholding (adj.)beholden, obliged, indebtedMW I.i.254
sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and then
friend, for a Man; I keepe but three Men, and a Boy yet,friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, MW I.i.255
till my Mother be dead: but what though, yet I liuetill my mother be dead. But what though? Yet I livewhat thoughwhat of it, never mindMW I.i.256
like a poore Gentleman borne.like a poor gentleman born. MW I.i.257
An. ANNE 
I may not goe in without your worship: they willI may not go in without your worship – they will MW I.i.258
not sit till you come.not sit till you come. MW I.i.259
Sl. SLENDER 
I'faith, ile eate nothing: I thanke you as much asI'faith, I'll eat nothing. I thank you as much as MW I.i.260
though I did.though I did. MW I.i.261
An. ANNE 
I pray you Sir walke in.I pray you, sir, walk in.walk in (v.)
old form: walke
come in, enter
MW I.i.262
Sl. SLENDER 
I had rather walke here (I thanke you) I bruiz'd my I had rather walk here, I thank you. I bruised my MW I.i.263
shin th'other day, with playing at Sword and Dagger withshin th'other day with playing at sword and dagger with MW I.i.264
a Master of Fence (three veneys for a dish of stew'da master of fence – three veneys for a dish of stewedfence (n.)fencing ability, skill at swordplayMW I.i.265
veney (n.)[fencing] bout, turn
Prunes) and by my troth, I cannot abide the smell ofprunes – and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of MW I.i.266
hot meate since. Why doe your dogs barke so? be therehot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so? Be there MW I.i.267
Beares ith' Towne?bears i'th'town? MW I.i.268
An. ANNE 
I thinke there are, Sir, I heard them talk'd of.I think there are, sir. I heard them talked of. MW I.i.269
Sl. SLENDER 
I loue the sport well, but I shall as soone quarrellI love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrelquarrel at (v.)
old form: quarrell
object to; or: start quarrelling at
MW I.i.270
sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainment
at it, as any man in England: you are afraid if you see theat it as any man in England. You are afraid if you see the MW I.i.271
Beare loose, are you not?bear loose, are you not? MW I.i.272
An. ANNE 
I indeede Sir.Ay, indeed, sir. MW I.i.273
Sl. SLENDER 
That's meate and drinke to me now: I haue seeneThat's meat and drink to me, now. I have seen MW I.i.274
Sackerson loose, twenty times, and haue taken him bySackerson loose twenty times, and have taken him bySackerson (n.)famous bear from the bear-baiting ring at Paris Garden, LondonMW I.i.275
the Chaine: but (I warrant you) the women haue so cridethe chain. But, I warrant you, the women have so criedwarrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmMW I.i.276
and shrekt at it, that it past: But women indeede,and shrieked at it, that it passed. But women, indeed,pass (v.)
old form: past
surpass, go beyond, outdo
MW I.i.277
cannot abide 'em, they are very ill-fauour'd roughcannot abide 'em – they are very ill-favoured roughill-favoured (adj.)
old form: ill-fauour'd
ugly, unattractive, unsightly
MW I.i.278
things.things. MW I.i.279
Enter Pagegentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMW I.i.280
Ma. Pa. PAGE 
Come, gentle M. Slender, come; we stay forCome, gentle Master Slender, come. We stay for MW I.i.280
you.you. MW I.i.281
Sl. SLENDER 
Ile eate nothing, I thanke you Sir.I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir. MW I.i.282
Ma. Pa. PAGE 
By cocke and pie, you shall not choose, Sir: come,By cock and pie, you shall not choose, sir! Come,cock and pie, byby God and the service bookMW I.i.283
come.come. MW I.i.284
Sl. SLENDER 
Nay, pray you lead the way.Nay, pray you lead the way. MW I.i.285
Ma. Pa. PAGE 
Come on, Sir.Come on, sir. MW I.i.286
Sl. SLENDER 
Mistris Anne: your selfe shall goe first.Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. MW I.i.287
An. ANNE 
Not I Sir, pray you keepe on.Not I, sir. Pray you, keep on.keep on (v.)
old form: keepe
go ahead, go on, carry on
MW I.i.288
Sl. SLENDER 
Truely I will not goe first: truely-la: I will not doeTruly, I will not go first, truly, la! I will not dola (int.)indeedMW I.i.289
you that wrong.you that wrong. MW I.i.290
An. ANNE 
I pray you Sir.I pray you, sir. MW I.i.291
Sl. SLENDER 
Ile rather be vnmannerly, then troublesome:I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome. MW I.i.292
you doe your selfe wrong indeede-la. You do yourself wrong, indeed, la!la (int.)indeedMW I.i.293
Exeunt.Exeunt MW I.i.293
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