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Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 Translation Act 2, Scene 1

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Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY, with two officers; FANG with her and SNARE following

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Master Fang, have you entered the action?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Master Fang, have you filed my complaint?

FANG

It is entered.

FANG

It has been filed. 

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Where’s your yeoman? Is ’t a lusty yeoman? Will a'stand to ’t?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Where's your second-in-command? Is he a fit second in command? Will he be up to the task?

FANG

Sirrah! Where’s Snare?

FANG

Sir! Where's Snare?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

O Lord, ay, good Master Snare.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Oh God, yes, good Master Snare!

SNARE

Here, here.

SNARE

I'm here, I'm here.

FANG

Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.

FANG

Snare, we have to arrest Sir John Falstaff. 

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Yea, good Master Snare, I have entered him and all.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Yes, good Master Snare, I have filed an official complaint against him and everything. 

SNARE

It may chance cost some of us our lives, for he will stab.

SNARE

Doing that might cost some of us our lives—he'll try and stab us. 

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Alas the day, take heed of him. He stabbed me in mine own house, and that most beastly, in good faith. He cares not what mischief he does. If his weapon be out, he will foin like any devil. He will spare neither man, woman, nor child.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FANG

If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

No, nor I neither. I’ll be at your elbow.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FANG

An I but fist him once, an he come but within my vue—

FANG

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

I am undone by his going. I warrant you, he’s an infinitive thing upon my score. Good Master Fang, hold him sure. Good Master Snare, let him not ’scape. He comes continuantly to Pie Corner, saving your manhoods, to buy a saddle, and he is indited to dinner to the Lubber’s Head in Lumbert Street, to Master Smooth’s the silkman. I pray you, since my exion is entered, and my case so openly known to the world, let him be brought in to his answer. A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear, and Ihave borne, and borne, and borne, and have been fubbed off, and fubbed off, and fubbed off from this day to that day, that it is a shame to be thought on. There is no honesty in such dealing, unless a woman should be made an ass and a beast to bear every knave’s wrong. Yonder he comes, and that errant malmsey-nose knave, Bardolph, with him. Do your offices, do your offices, Master Fang and Master Snare,do me, do me, do me your offices.

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Enter FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, and PAGE

FALSTAFF

How now! Whose mare’s dead? What’s the matter?

FALSTAFF

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FANG

Sir John, I arrest you at the suit of Mistress Quickly.

FANG

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FALSTAFF

Away, varlets!—Draw, Bardolph. Cut me off the villain’shead. Throw the quean in the channel.

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Throw me in the channel? I’ll throw thee in the channel. Wilt thou, wilt thou, thou bastardly rogue? —Murder, murder! Ah, thou honeysuckle villain, wilt thou kill God’s officers and the King’s? Ah, thou honeyseed rogue, thou art a honeyseed, a man-queller, and a woman-queller.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

Keep them off, Bardolph.

FALSTAFF

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FANG

A rescue, a rescue!

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Good people, bring a rescue or two. [to FALSTAFF ] Thou wot, wot thou? Thou wot, wot ta? Do, do, thou rogue. Do, thou hempseed.

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FALSTAFF

Away, you scullion, you rampallion, you fustilarian! I’lltickle your catastrophe.

FALSTAFF

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Enter the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE and his men

CHIEF JUSTICE

What is the matter? Keep the peace here, ho!

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Good my lord, be good to me. I beseech you stand to me.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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CHIEF JUSTICE

How now, Sir John? What, are you brawling here? Doth this become your place, your time, and business? You should have been well on your way to York. [to FANG] Stand from him, fellow: wherefore hang’st thou upon him?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

O my most worshipful lord, an ’t please your Grace, I am apoor widow of Eastcheap, and he is arrested at my suit.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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CHIEF JUSTICE

For what sum?

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

It is more than for some, my lord; it is for all I have. He hath eaten me out of house and home. He hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his. [to FALSTAFF] But I will have some of it out again, or I will ride thee o' nights like the mare.

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FALSTAFF

I think I am as like to ride the mare if I have any vantage ofground to get up.

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

How comes this, Sir John? Fie, what man of good temper would endure this tempest of exclamation? Are you not ashamed to enforce a poor widow to so rough a course to come by her own?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

[to MISTRESS QUICKLY] What is the gross sum that I owe thee?

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Marry, if thou wert an honest man, thyself and the money too. Thou didst swear to me upon a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my Dolphin chamber at the round table by a sea-coal fire, upon Wednesday in Wheeson week, when the Prince broke thy head for liking his father to a singing-man of Windsor, thou didst swear to me then, as I was washing thy wound, to marry me and make me my lady thy wife. Canst thou deny it? Did not goodwife Keech, the butcher’s wife, come inthen and call me Gossip Quickly, coming in to borrow a mess of vinegar; telling us she had a good dish of prawns, whereby thou didst desire to eat some, whereby I told thee theywere ill for a green wound? And didst thou not, when she was gone downstairs, desire me to be no more so familiaritywith such poor people, saying that ere long they shouldcall me madam? And didst thou not kiss me and bid me fetch thee thirty shillings? I put thee now to thy book-oath. Deny it if thou canst.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

My lord, this is a poor mad soul, and she says up and down the town that her eldest son is like you. She hath beenin good case, and the truth is, poverty hath distracted her. But, for these foolish officers, I beseech you I may have redress against them.

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, Sir John, I am well acquainted with your manner of wrenching the true cause the false way. It is not a confident brow, nor the throng of words that come with such more than impudent sauciness from you, can thrust me from a level consideration. You have, as it appears to me, practiced upon the easy-yielding spirit of this woman, and made her serve your uses both in purse and in person.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Yea, in truth, my lord.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Pray thee, peace. [to FALSTAFF] Pay her the debt you owe her, and unpay the villany you have done her. The one you may do with sterling money, and the other with current repentance.

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FALSTAFF

My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply. You call honorable boldness “impudent sauciness.” If a man will make curtsy and say nothing, he is virtuous. No, my lord, my humble duty remembered, I will not be your suitor. I say to you, I do desire deliverance from these officers, beingupon hasty employment in the King’s affairs.

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

You speak as having power to do wrong; but answer in th'effect of your reputation, and satisfy this poor woman.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

Come hither, hostess.

FALSTAFF

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FALSTAFF takes MISTRESS QUICKLY aside

Enter GOWER

CHIEF JUSTICE

Now, Master Gower, what news?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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GOWER

The King, my lord, and Harry Prince of WalesAre near at hand. The rest the paper tells.

GOWER

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FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman!

FALSTAFF

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Faith, you said so before.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman. Come. No more words of it.

FALSTAFF

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

By this heavenly ground I tread on, I must be fain to pawnboth my plate and the tapestry of my dining chambers.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

Glasses, glasses, is the only drinking. And for thy walls, a pretty slight drollery, or the story of the Prodigal orthe German hunting in waterwork is worth a thousand of these bed-hangers and these fly-bitten tapestries. Let it be ten pound, if thou canst. Come, an ’twere not for thy humors, there’s not a better wench in England. Go wash thy face, and draw the action. Come, thou must not be in this humor with me. Dost not know me? Come, come, I know thou wast set on to this.

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Pray thee, Sir John, let it be but twenty nobles. I' faith, I amloath to pawn my plate, so God save me, la.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

Let it alone. I’ll make other shift. You’ll be a fool still.

FALSTAFF

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my gown. I hopeyou’ll come to supper. You’ll pay me all together?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

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FALSTAFF

Will I live? [to BARDOLPH] Go with her, with her. Hook on, hook on.

FALSTAFF

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Will you have Doll Tearsheet meet you at supper?

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FALSTAFF

No more words. Let’s have her.

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

I have heard better news.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

What’s the news, my good lord?

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Where lay the King last night?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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GOWER

At Basingstoke, my lord.

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FALSTAFF

I hope, my lord, all’s well. What is the news, my lord?

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Come all his forces back?

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GOWER

No; fifteen hundred foot, five hundred horseAre marched up to my Lord of LancasterAgainst Northumberland and the Archbishop.

GOWER

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FALSTAFF

Comes the King back from Wales, my noble lord?

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

You shall have letters of me presently.Come. Go along with me, good Master Gower.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

My lord!

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CHIEF JUSTICE

What’s the matter?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me to dinner?

FALSTAFF

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GOWER

I must wait upon my good lord here. I thank you, good SirJohn.

GOWER

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, you loiter here too long, being you are to takesoldiers up in counties as you go.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

Will you sup with me, Master Gower?

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

What foolish master taught you these manners, Sir John?

CHIEF JUSTICE

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FALSTAFF

Master Gower, if they become me not, he was a fool thattaught them me.—This is the right fencing grace, my lord:tap for tap, and so part fair.

FALSTAFF

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Now the Lord lighten thee. Thou art a great fool.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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About the Translator: Lani Strange

Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.