The Merry Wives of Windsor Translation Act 3, Scene 2
Enter MISTRESS PAGE and ROBIN
Nay, keep your way, little gallant; you were wont to be a follower, but now you are a leader. Whether had you rather lead mine eyes, or eye your master's heels?
No, go your own way, my fine young man, You're used to being a servant, but now you're in charge. Would you prefer to direct me, or to follow your master?
I had rather, forsooth, go before you like a manthan follow him like a dwarf.
I would rather direct you like a grown man than follow Falstaff like a young boy.
O, you are a flattering boy: now I see you'll be a courtier.
Oh, you use nice language. I see you'll be a courtier.
Well met, Mistress Page. Whither go you?
It's nice to see you, Mistress Page. Where are you going?
Truly, sir, to see your wife. Is she at home?
Ay; and as idle as she may hang together, for want of company. I think, if your husbands were dead, you two would marry.
Be sure of that,—two other husbands.
Where had you this pretty weather-cock?
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of. What do you call your knight's name, sirrah?
Sir John Falstaff.
Sir John Falstaff!
He, he; I can never hit on's name. There is such a league between my good man and he! Is your wife at home indeed?
Indeed she is.
By your leave, sir: I am sick till I see her.
Exeunt MISTRESS PAGE and ROBIN
Has Page any brains? hath he any eyes? hath he any thinking? Sure, they sleep; he hath no use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letter twenty mile, as easy as a cannon will shoot point-blank twelve score. He pieces out his wife's inclination; he gives her folly motion and advantage: and now she's going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy with her. A man may hear this shower sing in the wind. And Falstaff's boy with her! Good plots, they are laid; and our revolted wives share damnation together. Well; I will take him, then torture my wife, pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page, divulge Page himself for a secure and wilful Actaeon; and to these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall cry aim.
The clock gives me my cue, and my assurance bids me search: there I shall find Falstaff: I shall be rather praised for this than mocked; for it is as positive as the earth is firm that Falstaff is there: I will go.
Enter PAGE, SHALLOW, SLENDER, Host, SIR HUGH EVANS, DOCTOR CAIUS, and RUGBY
Well met, Master Ford.
Trust me, a good knot: I have good cheer at home;and I pray you all go with me.
I must excuse myself, Master Ford.
And so must I, sir: we have appointed to dine withMistress Anne, and I would not break with her formore money than I'll speak of.
We have lingered about a match between Anne Page andmy cousin Slender, and this day we shall have our answer.
I hope I have your good will, father Page.
You have, Master Slender; I stand wholly for you:but my wife, master doctor, is for you altogether.
Ay, be-gar; and de maid is love-a me: my nursh-aQuickly tell me so mush.
What say you to young Master Fenton? he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks holiday, he smells April and May: he will carry't, he will carry't; 'tis in his buttons; he will carry't.
Not by my consent, I promise you. The gentleman is of no having: he kept company with the wild prince and Poins; he is of too high a region; he knows too much. No, he shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance: if he take her, let him take her simply; the wealth I have waits on my consent, and my consent goes not that way.
I beseech you heartily, some of you go home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, you shall have sport; I will show you a monster. Master doctor, you shall go; so shall you, Master Page; and you, Sir Hugh.
Well, fare you well: we shall have the freer wooingat Master Page's.
Exeunt SHALLOW, and SLENDER
Go home, John Rugby; I come anon.
Farewell, my hearts: I will to my honest knightFalstaff, and drink canary with him.
[Aside] I think I shall drink in pipe wine firstwith him; I'll make him dance. Will you go, gentles?
Have with you to see this monster.
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