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Fal. Pistol !
Pift. He hears with ears.

Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, he hears with ear? why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse?

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, or I would, I might never come in mine own great chamber again else, of seven groats in mill-fixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling and two pence a-piece, of Yead Miller; by these gloves.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
Eva. No; it is falfe, if it is a pick-purse.

Pift. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! Sir John, and master mine,
I combat challenge of this latten bilboe :
Word of denial in thy labras here';
Word of denial; froth and scum, thou lieft.

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Nym. Be advis’d, fir, and pass good humours: I will say, marry trap with you, if you run the nuthooks-humour on me; that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it; for though I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ?

Bard. Why, fir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five fentences.

Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the ignorance is !

Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and so conclusions past the car-eires.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but ’tis no matter; I'll never be drunk whilft I live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of god, and not with drunken kraves.

• Nuthook was a word of reproach in the vulgar way and in the cant-strain. In the second part of Hen. IV. Dol Tearlheet says to the beadle, Nuthook, Nuthook ! you lie. Probably it was a name given to a bailiff or catchpole, very odious to the common people.

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Eva. So got udg me, that is a virtuous mind.
Fal. You hear all these matters deny’d, gentlemen; you hear it.

Enter mistress Anne Page, with wine.
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we'll drink within.

[Exit Anne Page. Şlen. O heav'n! this is mistress Anne Page.

Enter mistress Ford and mistress Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met; by your leave, good mistress.

[Kifing ber. Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, gentlemen, I hope, we shall drink down all unkindness.

[Exe. Fal. Page, &C.

SCENE IV. Manent Shallow, Evans, and Slender. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of songs and sonnets here.

Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on myfèlf, must I? you have not the book of riddles about you, have



Simp: Book of riddles ! why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake upon

Albollowmas last, a fortnight afore Martlemas? Shal. Come, coz, come, coz; we stay for you: a word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by fir Hugh here: do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, sir, you fhall find me reasonable: if it be so, I shall do that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. So I do, fir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.



Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me: he's a justice of peace in his country, simple though I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question: the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, fir.
Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it, to mistress Anne Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any reasonable demands.

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the mind : therefore precisely, can you marry your good will to the maid ?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Slen. I hope, fir; I will do as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, got's lords and his ladies, you must fpeak possitable, if you can carry

desires towards her. Shal. That you must: will you, upon good dowry, marry her?

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; what I do is to pleasure you, coz: can you love the maid ?

Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request: but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to know one another; I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and diffolutely.

Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer, fave the faul is in th' ort, disolutely : the ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely; his meaning is goot.

Shal. Ay, I think, my cousin meant well.
Slen. Ay, or else I would, I might be hang’d, la.

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Enter mistress Anne Page. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne : would, I were young for your sake, mistress Anne.

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father desires your worship’s company:

Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at the grace.

[Exe. Shallow and Evans.
Anne. Will’t please your worship to come in, fir ?
Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am very well.
Anne. The dinner attends


sir. Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon my cousin Shallow : a justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a

I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live a poor gentleman born.

Anne. I may not go in without your worship; they will not fit 'till you come.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as much as though I did.

Anne. I pray you, fir, walk in.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I bruis’d my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stew'd prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark fo? be there bears i' th' town?

Anne. I think, there are, fir; I heard them talk'd of.

Slen. I love the sport well, but I shall as foon quarrel at it as any man in England. You are afraid, if you see the bear loose,

not? Anne. Ay, indeed, sir.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen Sackerson loose, twenty times, and have taken him by the chain; but, i

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warrant you, the women have so cry'd and shriek’d at it, that it pasto: but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em, they are very illfavour'd rough things.

Enter master Page. Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we stay for you. Slen. I choose to eat nothing, I thank you, sir. Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, fir; come, come. Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Page. Come on, sir. Slen. Mistrefs Anne, yourself shall go first. Anne. Not I, fir; pray you, keep on.

Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly-la: I will not do you that wrong

Anne. I pray you, sir.

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome; you do yourself wrong, indeed-la.



Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius' houfe, which is the way; and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.

Simp. Well, fir.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter ; for it is a ’oman that altogethers acquaintance with mistress Anne Page ; and the letter is to desire and require her to folicit desires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come.


your master's

• It paft, and, this passes, was a way of speaking customary heretofore to signify the excess, or extraordinary degree, of any thing. The sentence compleated would be, it past, or, this passes, all expression, or, perhaps, (according to a vulgar phrase fill in use) it paft, or, this pafles, all things, is beyond all things. The participle of the fame verb is fill in common use, and in the same sense : paffing well, paffing strange, &c.


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