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Navigate this workHenry IV, Part 2 - Act 5, scene 1
Act 5, scene 1
Falstaff observes Shallow and his servants in order to be ready to entertain Prince Hal with amusing stories.Enter Shallow, Falstaff, ⟨Page,⟩ and Bardolph.
SHALLOW 2875 By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away
2876 tonight.—What, Davy, I say!
FALSTAFF 2877 You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.
SHALLOW 2878 I will not excuse you. You shall not be
2879 5 excused. Excuses shall not be admitted. There is no
2880 excuse shall serve. You shall not be excused.—
2881 Why, Davy!
DAVY 2882 Here, sir.
SHALLOW 2883 Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy, let
2884 10 me see, Davy, let me see. Yea, marry, William cook,
2885 bid him come hither.—Sir John, you shall not be
DAVY 2887 Marry, sir, thus: those precepts cannot be served.
2888 And again, sir: shall we sow the hade land with
2889 15 wheat?
SHALLOW 2890 With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook,
2891 are there no young pigeons?
DAVY 2892 Yes, sir. Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing
2893 and plow irons.⌜He gives Shallow a paper.⌝
SHALLOW 2894 20Let it be cast and paid.—Sir John, you shall
2895 not be excused.
DAVY 2896 Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be
p. 2092897 had. And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William’s
2898 wages about the sack he lost ⟨the other day⟩ at
2899 25 ⟨Hinckley⟩ Fair?
SHALLOW 2900 He shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a
2901 couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and
2902 any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
⌜Shallow and Davy walk aside.⌝
DAVY 2903 Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?
SHALLOW 2904 30Yea, Davy, I will use him well. A friend i’ th’
2905 court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men
2906 well, Davy, for they are arrant knaves and will
DAVY 2908 No worse than they are back-bitten, sir, for they
2909 35 have marvelous foul linen.
SHALLOW 2910 Well-conceited, Davy. About thy business,
DAVY 2912 I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor
2913 of Woncot against Clement Perkes o’ th’ hill.
SHALLOW 2914 40There is many complaints, Davy, against that
2915 Visor. That Visor is an arrant knave, on my
DAVY 2917 I grant your Worship that he is a knave, sir, but
2918 yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some
2919 45 countenance at his friend’s request. An honest
2920 man, sir, is able to speak for himself when a knave is
2921 not. I have served your Worship truly, sir, this eight
2922 years; an I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear
2923 out a knave against an honest man, I have ⟨but a
2924 50 very⟩ little credit with your Worship. The knave is
2925 mine honest friend, sir; therefore I beseech you let
2926 him be countenanced.
SHALLOW 2927 Go to, I say, he shall have no wrong. Look
2928 about, Davy. ⌜Davy exits.⌝ Where are you, Sir John?
2929 55 Come, come, come, off with your boots.—Give me
2930 your hand, Master Bardolph.
p. 211BARDOLPH 2931 I am glad to see your Worship.
SHALLOW 2932 I thank thee with ⟨all⟩ my heart, kind Master
2933 Bardolph, (⌜to Page⌝) and welcome, my tall
2934 60 fellow.—Come, Sir John.
FALSTAFF 2935 I’ll follow you, good Master Robert Shallow.
2936 ⌜Shallow exits.⌝ Bardolph, look to our horses. ⌜Bardolph
and Page exit.⌝ 2937 If I were sawed into quantities,
2938 I should make four dozen of such bearded hermits’
2939 65 staves as Master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to
2940 see the semblable coherence of his men’s spirits
2941 and his. They, by observing ⟨of⟩ him, do bear
2942 themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing
2943 with them, is turned into a justice-like servingman.
2944 70 Their spirits are so married in conjunction with the
2945 participation of society that they flock together in
2946 consent like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to
2947 Master Shallow, I would humor his men with the
2948 imputation of being near their master; if to his men,
2949 75 I would curry with Master Shallow that no man
2950 could better command his servants. It is certain
2951 that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is
2952 caught, as men take diseases, one of another. Therefore
2953 let men take heed of their company. I will
2954 80 devise matter enough out of this Shallow to keep
2955 Prince Harry in continual laughter the wearing out
2956 of six fashions, which is four terms, or two actions,
2957 and he shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is
2958 much that a lie with a slight oath and a jest with a
2959 85 sad brow will do with a fellow that never had the
2960 ache in his shoulders. O, you shall see him laugh till
2961 his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up.
SHALLOW, ⌜within⌝ 2962 Sir John.
FALSTAFF 2963 I come, Master Shallow, I come, Master
2964 90 Shallow.