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“Where is the life that late I led ?” say they : Why, here it is; welcome these pleasant days! (Exeunt.
Enter Beadles, dragging in HOSTESS QUICKLY and
DOLL TEARSHEET Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would to God that I might die, that I might have thee hanged: thou hast drawn my shoulder out of joint.
FIRST BEAD. The constables have delivered her over to me; and she shall have whipping-cheer enough, I warrant her: there hath been a man or two lately killed about her.
Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on; I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe-visaged rascal, an the child I now go with do miscarry, thou wert better thou 10 hadst struck thy mother, thou paper-faced villain.
Host. O the Lord, that Sir John were come! he
139 Where is the life ... led] This song is quoted by Petruchio in T. of
Shrew, IV, i, 124. (stage direction) Enter Beadles). Thus the Folios with very slight
variation. The Quarto reads: “Enter Sinklo and three or foure officers.” Sinklo, the name of the actor who played the First Beadle, found its way into the theatrical copy of the piece from which the Quarto was printed. The same actor is similarly men
tioned in T. of Shrew, Induction. 5 whipping-cheer) whipping fare, plenty of whipping. 8 nut-hook] a cant name for a bailiff or constable. Cf. M. Wives, I, i, 151.
would make this a bloody day to somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry!
FIRST BEAD. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions again; you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me; for the man is dead that you and Pistol beat amongst you.
Dol. I'll tell you what, you thin man in a censer, I will have you as soundly swinged for this, — you blue- 20 bottle rogue, you filthy famished correctioner, if you be not swinged, I'll forswear half-kirtles.
FIRST BEAD. Come, come, you she knight-errant,
Host. O God, that right should thus overcome might! Well, of sufferance comes ease.
Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a justice.
19 you thin man in a censer] A censer or fire pan for burning perfumes
usually had a small figure of a man embossed on the pierced cover. 20–21 blue-bottle rogue) a reference to the blue uniform of beadles. 22 half-kirtles] short petticoats or aprons. 25 of sufferance comes ease] after suffering comes quiet. 29 atomy] anatomy, skeleton.
SCENE V - A PUBLIC PLACE NEAR WESTMINSTER
Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes
FIRST GROOM. ’T will be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation : dispatch, dispatch.
[Exeunt. Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and Page Fal. Stand here by me, Master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon him as a' comes by; and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.
Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me. O, if I 10 had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you.
But 't is no matter; this poor show doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
SHAL. It doth so.
1 More rushes] Rushes were invariably strewn on ceremonial occasions
both on the floors of houses and about the streets. 15, 17, 19 It doth so it doth] These three remarks are assigned in
the Quarto to Pistol. The Folio transfers the first only to Shallow. But it is clear that all belong to him.
Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not to 20 deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to
SHAL. It is best, certain.
Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweating with desire to see him; thinking of nothing else, putting all affairs else in oblivion, as if there were nothing else to be done but to see him.
Pist. "Tis semper idem,” for “obsque hoc nihil est:” 't is all in every part. SHAL. ’T is so, indeed.
80 Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, And make thee rage. Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Is in base durance and contagious prison; Haled thither By most mechanical and dirty hand: Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's snake, For Doll is in. Pistol speaks nought but truth. FAL. I will deliver her.
[Shouts within, and the trumpets sound. 28 “ semper idem”...“obsque hoc nihil est ") always the same
without this there is nothing. 29 't is all in every part) a free rendering of an old English proverb,
“All in all, and all in every part,” signifying complete identity. 37 Rouse up revenge) A parody of the ghost's reiterated cry in Kyd's
Spanish Tragedy, III, xv, 7, 9, 12, 16, 28, “Awake revenge.” Alecto’s snake) Alecto was one of the three Furies, who is described
as crowned with snakes in Virgil's Aeneid, vii, 346. Cf. Ant. and Cleop., II, v, 40: “like a Fury crown'd with snakes.” Pistol
has already mentioned the Furies' lap, V, iii, 105, supra. 38 Doll is in sc. gaol.
Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor
sounds. Enter the King and his train, the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE among them
Fal. God save thy grace, King Hal! my royal Hal!
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy !
you speak? Fal. My king ! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!
KING. I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers; How ill white hairs become a fool and jester ! I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, So surfeit-swelled, so old, and so profane; But, being awaked, I do despise my dream. Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace; Leave gormandizing; know the grave doth gape For thee thrice wider than for other men. Reply not to me with a fool-born jest: Presume not that I am the thing I was; For God doth know, so shall the world perceive, That I have turn'd away my former self ; So will I those that kept me company. When thou dost hear I am as I have been, Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast, The tutor and the feeder of my riots : Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, 43 imp) scion. 45 vain man] foolish man.