The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Enter Fenton, Host.Enter Fenton and Hostheavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
MW IV.vi.1
Host. HOST 
Master Fenton, talke not to mee, my minde is heauy:Master Fenton, talk not to me. My mind is heavy. MW IV.vi.1
I will giue ouer all.I will give over all. MW IV.vi.2
Fen. FENTON 
Yet heare me speake: assist me in my purpose,Yet hear me speak. Assist me in my purpose,purpose (n.)intention, aim, planMW IV.vi.3
And (as I am a gentleman) ile giue theeAnd, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee MW IV.vi.4
A hundred pound in gold, more then your losse.A hundred pound in gold more than your loss. MW IV.vi.5
Host. HOST 
I will heare you (Master Fenton) and I will (at theI will hear you, Master Fenton, and I will, at the MW IV.vi.6
least) keepe your counsell.least, keep your counsel. MW IV.vi.7
Fen. FENTON 
From time to time, I haue acquainted youFrom time to time I have acquainted you MW IV.vi.8
With the deare loue I beare to faire Anne Page,With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page, MW IV.vi.9
Who, mutually, hath answer'd my affection,Who mutually hath answered my affection,affection (n.)love, devotionMW IV.vi.10
answer (v.)
old form: answer'd
return, respond to, requite
(So farre forth, as her selfe might be her chooser)So far forth as herself might be her chooser, MW IV.vi.11
Euen to my wish; I haue a letter from herEven to my wish. I have a letter from hereven, e'en (adv.)
old form: Euen
quite, fully, simply
MW IV.vi.12
Of such contents, as you will wonder at;Of such contents as you will wonder at, MW IV.vi.13
The mirth whereof, so larded with my matter,The mirth whereof so larded with my mattermatter (n.)affair(s), business, real issueMW IV.vi.14
mirth (n.)joke, diversion, sport
lard (v.)mix in, intermix, intermingle
That neither (singly) can be manifestedThat neither singly can be manifested MW IV.vi.15
Without the shew of both: fat FalstaffeWithout the show of both. Fat Falstaff MW IV.vi.16
Hath a great Scene; the image of the iestHath a great scene. The image of the jestimage (n.)embodiment, instance, formMW IV.vi.17
scene (n.)play, drama, performance
Ile show you here at large (harke good mine Host:)I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host:large, atat length, in full, thoroughlyMW IV.vi.18
To night at Hernes-Oke, iust 'twixt twelue and one,Tonight at Herne's Oak, just 'twixt twelve and one, MW IV.vi.19
Must my sweet Nan present the Faerie-Queene:Must my sweet Nan present the Fairy Queen –present (v.)act, represent, play the part ofMW IV.vi.20
The purpose why, is here: in which disguiseThe purpose why is here – in which disguise, MW IV.vi.21
While other Iests are something ranke on foote,While other jests are something rank on foot,something (adv.)somewhat, ratherMW IV.vi.22
rank (adj.)
old form: ranke
numerous, frequent, abundant
foot, on
old form: foote
in employment, taking place, under way
Her father hath commanded her to slipHer father hath commanded her to slip MW IV.vi.23
Away with Slender, and with him, at EatonAway with Slender, and with him at Eton MW IV.vi.24
Immediately to Marry: She hath consented:Immediately to marry. she hath consented. MW IV.vi.25
Now Sir,Now, sir, MW IV.vi.26
Her Mother, (euen strong against that matchHer mother – ever strong against that match MW IV.vi.27
And firme for Doctor Caius) hath appointedAnd firm for Doctor Caius – hath appointed MW IV.vi.28
That he shall likewise shuffle her away,That he shall likewise shuffle her away,shuffle (v.)spirit, smuggle, remove secretlyMW IV.vi.29
While other sports are tasking of their mindes,While other sports are tasking of their minds,sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMW IV.vi.30
task of (v.)occupy, engage, make demands on
And at the Deanry, where a Priest attendsAnd at the deanery, where a priest attends,attend (v.)serve, follow, wait [on/upon]MW IV.vi.31
Strait marry her: to this her Mothers plotStraight marry her. To this her mother's plotstraight (adv.)
old form: Strait
straightaway, immediately, at once
MW IV.vi.32
She seemingly obedient) likewise hathShe, seemingly obedient, likewise hath MW IV.vi.33
Made promise to the Doctor: Now, thus it rests,Made promise to the doctor. Now thus it rests:rest (v.)remain, stay, standMW IV.vi.34
Her Father meanes she shall be all in white;Her father means she shall be all in white, MW IV.vi.35
And in that habit, when Slender sees his timeAnd in that habit, when Slender sees his timehabit (n.)dress, clothing, costumeMW IV.vi.36
To take her by the hand, and bid her goe,To take her by the hand and bid her go, MW IV.vi.37
She shall goe with him: her Mother hath intendedShe shall go with him. Her mother hath intended,intend (v.)plan, arrange, organizeMW IV.vi.38
(The better to deuote her to the Doctor;The better to denote her to the doctor –denote (v.)
old form: deuote
mark out, single out, distinguish
MW IV.vi.39
For they must all be mask'd, and vizarded)For they must all be masked and vizarded –vizarded (adj.)masked, visored, disguisedMW IV.vi.40
That quaint in greene, she shall be loose en-roab'd,That quaint in green she shall be loose enrobed,quaint (adv.)elaborately, elegantly, finelyMW IV.vi.41
With Ribonds-pendant, flaring 'bout her head;With ribands pendent, flaring 'bout her head;pendent (adj.)
old form: pendant
downhanging, drooping, dangling
MW IV.vi.42
riband (n.)
old form: Ribonds
ribbon
flare (v.)blow in the air, stream loosely
And when the Doctor spies his vantage ripe,And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe,vantage (n.)right moment, suitable opportunityMW IV.vi.43
To pinch her by the hand, and on that token,To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token,pinch (v.)take, squeeze, pressMW IV.vi.44
token (n.)signal, indication
The maid hath giuen consent to go with him.The maid hath given consent to go with him. MW IV.vi.45
Host. HOST 
Which meanes she to deceiue? Father, or Mother. Which means she to deceive, father or mother? MW IV.vi.46
Fen. FENTON 
Both (my good Host) to go along with me:Both, my good host, to go along with me. MW IV.vi.47
And heere it rests, that you'l procure the VicarAnd here it rests – that you'll procure the vicarrest (v.)remain, stay, standMW IV.vi.48
To stay for me at Church, 'twixt twelue, and one,To stay for me at church 'twixt twelve and one, MW IV.vi.49
And in the lawfull name of marrying,And, in the lawful name of marrying, MW IV.vi.50
To giue our hearts vnited ceremony.To give our hearts united ceremony. MW IV.vi.51
Host. HOST 
Well, husband your deuice; Ile to the Vicar,Well, husband your device. I'll to the vicar.device (n.)
old form: deuice
plot, stratagem, trick
MW IV.vi.52
husband (v.)make the most of, thrive well with
Bring you the Maid, you shall not lacke a Priest.Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. MW IV.vi.53
Fen. FENTON 
So shall I euermore be bound to thee;So shall I evermore be bound to thee;bound (adj.)obliged, indebted, under an obligationMW IV.vi.54
Besides, Ile make a present recompence. Besides, I'll make a present recompense.recompense (n.)
old form: recompence
payment for services, reward
MW IV.vi.55
ExeuntExeunt MW IV.vi.55
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