The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Enter Fenton, Anne, Page, Shallow, Slender, Quickly, Page, Mist. Page.Enter Fenton and Anne Page MW III.iv.1
Fen: FENTON 
I see I cannot get thy Fathers loue,I see I cannot get thy father's love; MW III.iv.1
Therefore no more turne me to him (sweet Nan.)Therefore no more turn me to him, sweet Nan.turn (v.)
old form: turne
direct, point, refer
MW III.iv.2
Anne. ANNE 
Alas, how then?Alas, how then? MW III.iv.3.1
Fen. FENTON 
Why thou must be thy selfe.Why, thou must be thyself. MW III.iv.3.2
He doth obiect, I am too great of birth,He doth object I am too great of birth, MW III.iv.4
And that my state being gall'd with my expence,And that, my state being galled with my expense,expense (n.)
old form: expence
extravagance, expenditure, spending
MW III.iv.5
state (n.)estate, property, wealth, means
gall (v.)
old form: gall'd
chafe, rub, make sore
I seeke to heale it onely by his wealth.I seek to heal it only by his wealth. MW III.iv.6
Besides these, other barres he layes before me,Besides these, other bars he lays before me –bar (n.)
old form: barres
objection, impediment
MW III.iv.7
My Riots past, my wilde Societies,My riots past, my wild societies;wild (adj.)
old form: wilde
erratic, irregular, unruly
MW III.iv.8
society (n.)companionship, fellowship, association
And tels me 'tis a thing impossibleAnd tells me 'tis a thing impossible MW III.iv.9
I should loue thee, but as a property.I should love thee but as a property.property (n.)means to an end, commercial assetMW III.iv.10
An. ANNE 
May be he tels you true.Maybe he tells you true. MW III.iv.11
FENTON 
No, heauen so speed me in my time to come,No, heaven so speed me in my time to come!speed (v.)meet with success, prosper, flourishMW III.iv.12
Albeit I will confesse, thy Fathers wealthAlbeit, I will confess, thy father's wealth MW III.iv.13
Was the first motiue that I woo'd thee (Anne:)Was the first motive that I wooed thee, Anne; MW III.iv.14
Yet wooing thee, I found thee of more valewYet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value MW III.iv.15
Then stampes in Gold, or summes in sealed bagges:Than stamps in gold or sums in sealèd bags.stamp (n.)
old form: stampes
coin, impression [of the monarch's head] made on a coin
MW III.iv.16
And 'tis the very riches of thy selfe,And 'tis the very riches of thyselfvery (adj.)true, real, genuineMW III.iv.17
That now I ayme at.That now I aim at.gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMW III.iv.18.1
An. ANNE 
Gentle M. Fenton,Gentle Master Fenton, MW III.iv.18.2
Yet seeke my Fathers loue, still seeke it sir,Yet seek my father's love, still seek it, sir.still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMW III.iv.19
If opportunity and humblest suiteIf opportunity and humblest suitsuit (n.)
old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
MW III.iv.20
Cannot attaine it, why then harke you hither.Cannot attain it, why then – hark you hither. MW III.iv.21
They talk aside MW III.iv.22.1
Enter Shallow, Slender, and Mistress Quickly MW III.iv.22.2
Shal. SHALLOW 
Breake their talke Mistris Quickly, / My Kinsman Break their talk, Mistress Quickly. My kinsmanbreak (v.)
old form: Breake
interrupt, break in on, cut in on
MW III.iv.22
shall speake for himselfe.shall speak for himself. MW III.iv.23
Slen. SLENDER 
Ile make a shaft or a bolt on't, slid, tis butI'll make a shaft or a bolt on't. 'Slid, 'tis butbolt (n.)[short and thick, crossbow] arrowMW III.iv.24
shaft (n.)[long and slender] arrow
venturing.venturing. MW III.iv.25
Shal. SHALLOW 
Be not dismaid.Be not dismayed. MW III.iv.26
Slen. SLENDER 
No, she shall not dismay me: / I care not forNo, she shall not dismay me. I care not for MW III.iv.27
that, but that I am affeard.that, but that I am afeard.afeard (adj.)
old form: affeard
afraid, frightened, scared
MW III.iv.28
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY  
(to Anne) MW III.iv.29
Hark ye, M. Slender Hark ye, Master Slender MW III.iv.29
would speak a word with youwould speak a word with you. MW III.iv.30
An. ANNE 
I come to him. This is my Fathers choice:I come to him. (Aside) This is my father's choice. MW III.iv.31
O what a world of vilde ill-fauour'd faultsO, what a world of vile ill-favoured faultsill-favoured (adj.)
old form: ill-fauour'd
ugly, unattractive, unsightly
MW III.iv.32
Lookes handsome in three hundred pounds a yeere?Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year! MW III.iv.33
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY 
And how do's good Master Fenton?And how does good Master Fenton? MW III.iv.34
Pray you a word with you.Pray you, a word with you. MW III.iv.35
They talk aside MW III.iv.36
Shal. SHALLOW 
Shee's comming; to her Coz: / O boy, thou hadst She's coming. To her, coz. O boy, thou hadst MW III.iv.36
a father.a father! MW III.iv.37
Slen. SLENDER 
I had a father (M. An) my vncle canI had a father, Mistress Anne. My uncle can MW III.iv.38
tel you good iests of him: pray you Vncle, tel Mist. tell you good jests of him. Pray you, uncle, tell Mistress MW III.iv.39
Anne the iest how my Father stole two Geese out of a Pen,Anne the jest how my father stole two geese out of a pen, MW III.iv.40
good Vnckle.good uncle. MW III.iv.41
Shal. SHALLOW 
Mistris Anne, my Cozen loues you.Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you. MW III.iv.42
Slen. SLENDER 
I that I do, as well as I loue any woman inAy, that I do, as well as I love any woman in MW III.iv.43
Glocestershire. Gloucestershire. MW III.iv.44
Shal. SHALLOW 
He will maintaine you like a Gentlewoman.He will maintain you like a gentlewoman. MW III.iv.45
Slen. SLENDER 
I that I will, come cut and long-taile, vnderAy, that I will, come cut and long-tail, undercome cut and long tail
old form: long-taile
[whether a horse or dog has its tail docked or not] whatever happens, come what may
MW III.iv.46
the degree of a Squire.the degree of a squire.degree (n.)rank, station, standingMW III.iv.47
Shal. SHALLOW 
He will make you a hundred and fiftie poundsHe will make you a hundred and fifty pounds MW III.iv.48
ioynture.jointure.jointure (n.)
old form: ioynture
marriage settlement, part of a husband's estate due to his widow
MW III.iv.49
Anne. ANNE 
Good Maister Shallow let him woo for himselfe. Good Master Shallow, let him woo for himself. MW III.iv.50
Shal. SHALLOW 
Marrie I thanke you for it: I thanke you for thatMarry, I thank you for it; I thank you for thatmarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMW III.iv.51
good comfort: she cals you (Coz) Ile leaue you.good comfort. She calls you, coz. I'll leave you. MW III.iv.52
Anne. ANNE 
Now Master Slender.Now, Master Slender – MW III.iv.53
Slen. SLENDER 
Now good Mistris Anne.Now, good Mistress Anne – MW III.iv.54
Anne. ANNE 
What is your will?What is your will? MW III.iv.55
Slen. SLENDER 
My will? Odd's-hart-lings, that's a prettie iest My will? 'Od's heartlings, that's a pretty jestheartlings (n.)dear heartMW III.iv.56
'Od[in emphatic expressions] shortened form of 'God'
indeede: I ne're made my Will yet (I thanke Heauen:) I amindeed! I ne'er made my will yet, I thank heaven. I am MW III.iv.57
not such a sickely creature, I giue Heauen praise.not such a sickly creature, I give heaven praise. MW III.iv.58
Anne. ANNE 
I meane (M. Slender) what wold you with me?I mean, Master Slender, what would you with me? MW III.iv.59
Slen. SLENDER 
Truely, for mine owne part, I would little orTruly, for mine own part, I would little or MW III.iv.60
nothing with you: your father and my vncle hath madenothing with you. Your father and my uncle hath made MW III.iv.61
motions: if it be my lucke, so; if not, happy man bee hismotions. If it be my luck, so; if not, happy man be hismotion (n.)proposal, proposition, suggestion, offerMW III.iv.62
dole, they can tell you how things go, better then I can:dole. They can tell you how things go better than I can.dole, happy man be hisdestiny, fate, lotMW III.iv.63
you may aske your father, heere he comes.You may ask your father; here he comes. MW III.iv.64
Enter Page and Mistress Page MW III.iv.65
Page. PAGE 
Now Mr Slender; Loue him daughter Anne.Now, Master Slender. Love him, daughter Anne – MW III.iv.65
Why how now? What does Mr Fenter here?Why, how now? What does Master Fenton here? MW III.iv.66
You wrong me Sir, thus still to haunt my house.You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.still (adv.)ever, now [as before]MW III.iv.67
I told you Sir, my daughter is disposd of.I told you, sir, my daughter is disposed of. MW III.iv.68
Fen. FENTON 
Nay Mr Page, be not impatient.Nay, Master Page, be not impatient. MW III.iv.69
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Good M. Fenton. come not to my child.Good Master Fenton, come not to my child. MW III.iv.70
Page. PAGE 
She is no match for you.She is no match for you. MW III.iv.71
Fen. FENTON 
Sir, will you heare me?Sir, will you hear me? MW III.iv.72.1
Page. PAGE 
No, good M. Fenton.No, good Master Fenton. MW III.iv.72.2
Come M. Shallow: Come sonne Slender, in;Come, Master Shallow, come, son Slender, in. MW III.iv.73
Knowing my minde, you wrong me (M. Fenton.)Knowing my mind, you wrong me, Master Fenton. MW III.iv.74
Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender MW III.iv.74
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY 
Speake to Mistris Page.Speak to Mistress Page. MW III.iv.75
Fen. FENTON 
Good Mist. Page, for that I loue your daughterGood Mistress Page, for that I love your daughter MW III.iv.76
In such a righteous fashion as I do,In such a righteous fashion as I do, MW III.iv.77
Perforce, against all checkes, rebukes, and manners,Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners,check (n.)
old form: checkes
reprimand, reproof, rebuke
MW III.iv.78
perforce (adv.)of necessity, with no choice in the matter
I must aduance the colours of my loue,I must advance the colours of my lovecolours (n.)battle-flags, ensigns, standards, bannersMW III.iv.79
advance (v.)
old form: aduance
display, present, promote
And not retire. Let me haue your good will.And not retire. Let me have your good will. MW III.iv.80
An. ANNE 
Good mother, do not marry me to yond foole.Good mother, do not marry me to yond fool. MW III.iv.81
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
I meane it not, I seeke you a better husband. I mean it not – I seek you a better husband.mean (v.)
old form: meane
intend, purpose, mean to act
MW III.iv.82
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY 
That's my master, M. Doctor.That's my master, Master Doctor. MW III.iv.83
An. ANNE 
Alas I had rather be set quick i'th earth,Alas, I had rather be set quick i'th'earth,quick (adj.)living, vital, full of lifeMW III.iv.84
And bowl'd to death with Turnips.And bowled to death with turnips. MW III.iv.85
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Come, trouble not your selfe good M. Fenton,Come, trouble not yourself. Good Master Fenton, MW III.iv.86
I will not be your friend, nor enemy:I will not be your friend, nor enemy. MW III.iv.87
My daughter will I question how she loues you,My daughter will I question how she loves you, MW III.iv.88
And as I finde her, so am I affected:And as I find her, so am I affected.affected (adj.)disposed, inclined, mindedMW III.iv.89
Till then, farewell Sir, she must needs go in,Till then, farewell, sir. She must needs go in; MW III.iv.90
Her father will be angry.Her father will be angry. MW III.iv.91
Fen. FENTON 
Farewell gentle Mistris: farewell Nan.Farewell, gentle mistress. Farewell, Nan.gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMW III.iv.92
Exeunt Mistress Page and Anne MW III.iv.92
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY 
This is my doing now: Nay, saideThis is my doing now. ‘ Nay,’ said MW III.iv.93
I, will you cast away your childe on a Foole, and aI, ‘ will you cast away your child on a fool, and a MW III.iv.94
Physitian: Looke on M. Fenton, this is my doing.physician? Look on Master Fenton.’ This is my doing. MW III.iv.95
Fen. FENTON 
I thanke thee: and I pray thee once to night,I thank thee, and I pray thee once tonightonce (adv.)some time, at a convenient pointMW III.iv.96
Giue my sweet Nan this Ring: there's for thy paines.Give my sweet Nan this ring. There's for thy pains. MW III.iv.97
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY 
Now heauen send thee goodNow heaven send thee good MW III.iv.98
fortune,fortune! MW III.iv.99
Exit Fenton MW III.iv.99
a kinde heart he hath: a woman would run through fireA kind heart he hath. A woman would run through fire MW III.iv.100
& water for such a kinde heart. But yet, I would myand water for such a kind heart. But yet I would my MW III.iv.101
Maister had Mistris Anne, or I would M. Slender master had Mistress Anne; or I would Master Slender MW III.iv.102
had her: or (in sooth) I would M. Fenton had her;had her; or, in sooth, I would Master Fenton had her.sooth (n.)truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]MW III.iv.103
I will do what I can for them all three, for so I haueI will do what I can for them all three, for so I have MW III.iv.104
promisd, and Ile bee as good as my word, but speciouslypromised, and I'll be as good as my word – but speciouslyspeciously (adv.)malapropism for ‘specially’MW III.iv.105
for M. Fenton. Well, I must of another errand to Sir for Master Fenton. Well, I must of another errand to Sir MW III.iv.106
Iohn Falstaffe from my two Mistresses: what a beast amJohn Falstaff from my two mistresses. What a beast am MW III.iv.107
I to slacke it. I to slack it!slack (v.)
old form: slacke
put off, neglect, postpone
MW III.iv.108
ExeuntExit MW III.iv.108
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