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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor Translation Act 4, Scene 3

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Enter Host and BARDOLPH


Sir, the Germans desire to have three of yourhorses: the duke himself will be to-morrow atcourt, and they are going to meet him.


Sir, the Germans would like to use three of your horses. The duke will be at court tomorrow, and they're going there to see him. 


What duke should that be comes so secretly? I hearnot of him in the court. Let me speak with thegentlemen: they speak English?


Who is this duke who's coming so secretly? I didn't hear anything about him at court. Let me speak with the gentlemen. Do they speak English? 


Ay, sir; I'll call them to you.


Yes, sir. I'll call them in to see you. 


They shall have my horses; but I'll make them pay; I'll sauce them: they have had my house a week at command; I have turned away my other guests: they must come off; I'll sauce them. Come.


They can have my horses, but I'll make them pay, I'll make them pay a lot. They've taken over my house for the last week so that I had to turn away other guests. They need to pay up—I'll make them pay a lot. Let's go.


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About the Translator: Maria Devlin

Maria Devlin received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University, where she specialized in Renaissance drama. She has worked as a bibliographical and editorial assistant for The Norton Anthology of English Literature and for The Norton Shakespeare. She is currently working with Stephen Greenblatt to design online courses on Shakespeare, including the modules "Hamlet's Ghost" and "Shylock's Bond" offered through HarvardX. She is writing a book on Renaissance comedy.

Maria Devlin wishes to credit the following sources, which she consulted extensively in composing her translations and annotations:

William Shakespeare. The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition. Eds. Gary Taylor et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

William Shakespeare. The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd ed. Eds. Stephen Greenblatt et al. New York: W.W. Norton& Company, Inc., 2016.