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Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 Translation Act 5, Scene 1

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Enter SHALLOW, FALSTAFF, PAGE, and BARDOLPH

SHALLOW

By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away tonight.—What,Davy, I say!

SHALLOW

By God, you're not going anywhere tonight.

[Shouting offstage] Hey, Davy, I say!

FALSTAFF

You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.

FALSTAFF

You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow. 

SHALLOW

I will not excuse you. You shall not be excused. Excuses shall not be admitted. There is no excuse shall serve. You shall not be excused. —Why, Davy!

SHALLOW

I'm not going to excuse you. You shall not be excused. Excuses will not be allowed. No excuse is good enough, you will not be excused!

[Shouting offstage] Hey, Davy!

Enter DAVY

DAVY

Here, sir.

DAVY

Here, sir. 

SHALLOW

Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy, let me see, Davy, let me see. Yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither. —Sir John, you shall not be excused.

SHALLOW

Davy, Davy, Day, Davy, let me see, Davy. Let me see, Davy, let me see. Yes, all right, go and tell William the cook to come here.

[To FALSTAFF] Sir John, you are not excused. 

DAVY

Marry, sir, thus: those precepts cannot be served. And again,sir, shall we sow the hade land with wheat?

DAVY

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SHALLOW

With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook, are there noyoung pigeons?

SHALLOW

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DAVY

Yes, sir. Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing and plowirons.

DAVY

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SHALLOW

Let it be cast and paid.—Sir John, you shall not be excused.

SHALLOW

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DAVY

Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had. And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William’s wages about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley Fair?

DAVY

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SHALLOW

He shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.

SHALLOW

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DAVY

Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?

DAVY

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SHALLOW

Yea, Davy. I will use him well. A friend i' th' court is betterthan a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy, for theyarearrant knaves and will backbite.

SHALLOW

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DAVY

No worse than they are back-bitten, sir, for they havemarvellous foul linen.

DAVY

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SHALLOW

Well-conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.

SHALLOW

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DAVY

I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Woncotagainst Clement Perkes o' th' hill.

DAVY

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SHALLOW

There is many complaints, Davy, against that Visor. ThatVisor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.

SHALLOW

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DAVY

I grant your Worship that he is a knave, sir, but yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend’s request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself when a knave is not. I have served your Worship truly, sir, this eight years; an if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have a very little credit with your Worship. The knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore I beseech you let him be countenanced.

DAVY

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SHALLOW

Go to, I say he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy.

SHALLOW

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Where are you, Sir John? Come, come, come, off with yourboots.—Give me your hand, Master Bardolph.

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BARDOLPH

I am glad to see your Worship.

BARDOLPH

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SHALLOW

I thank thee with all my heart, kind Master Bardolph, [to thePAGE] and welcome, my tall fellow.—Come, Sir John.

SHALLOW

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FALSTAFF

I’ll follow you, good Master Robert Shallow.

FALSTAFF

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Exit SHALLOW

Bardolph, look to our horses.

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Exeunt BARDOLPH and PAGE

If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermits' staves as Master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to see the semblable coherence of his men’s spirits and his. They, by observing of him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like servingman. Their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society that they flock together in consent like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to Master Shallow, I would humorhis men with the imputation of being near their master;if to his men, I would curry with Master Shallow that no man could better command his servants. It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take diseases, one of another. Therefore let men take heed of their company. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow to keep Prince Harry in continual laughter the wearing out of six fashions, which is four terms, or twoactions, and a' shall laugh without intervallums. O, itis much that a lie with a slight oath and a jest with asad brow will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders. O, you shall see him laugh till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up.

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SHALLOW

[within] Sir John.

SHALLOW

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FALSTAFF

I come, Master Shallow; I come, Master Shallow.

FALSTAFF

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Exit

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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.