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Act 2, scene 3
The tavern crew—Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, and the Boy—join the Hostess in mourning the dead Falstaff and, saying good-bye to the Hostess, leave for France.Enter Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Hostess.
HOSTESS 0832 Prithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring
0833 thee to Staines.
PISTOL 0834 No; for my manly heart doth earn.—Bardolph,
0835 be blithe.—Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins.— Boy,
0836 5 bristle thy courage up. For Falstaff, he is dead, and
0837 we must earn therefore.
BARDOLPH 0838 Would I were with him, wheresome’er he
0839 is, either in heaven or in hell.
HOSTESS 0840 Nay, sure, he’s not in hell! He’s in Arthur’s
0841 10 bosom, if ever man went to Arthur’s bosom. He
0842 made a finer end, and went away an it had been any
0843 christom child. He parted ev’n just between twelve
0844 and one, ev’n at the turning o’ th’ tide; for after I saw
0845 him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers
0846 15 and smile upon his finger’s end, I knew there was
0847 but one way, for his nose was as sharp as a pen and
0848 he ⌜talked⌝ of green fields. “How now, Sir John?”
0849 quoth I. “What, man, be o’ good cheer!” So he cried
0850 out “God, God, God!” three or four times. Now I, to
0851 20 comfort him, bid him he should not think of God; I
0852 hoped there was no need to trouble himself with
0853 any such thoughts yet. So he bade me lay more
0854 clothes on his feet. I put my hand into the bed and
0855 felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I
p. 670856 25 felt to his knees, and so ⌜upward⌝ and upward, and
0857 all was as cold as any stone.
NYM 0858 They say he cried out of sack.
HOSTESS 0859 Ay, that he did.
BARDOLPH 0860 And of women.
HOSTESS 0861 30Nay, that he did not.
BOY 0862 Yes, that he did, and said they were devils
HOSTESS 0864 He could never abide carnation. ’Twas a
0865 color he never liked.
BOY 0866 35He said once, the devil would have him about
HOSTESS 0868 He did in some sort, indeed, handle women,
0869 but then he was rheumatic and talked of the Whore
0870 of Babylon.
BOY 0871 40Do you not remember he saw a flea stick upon
0872 Bardolph’s nose, and he said it was a black soul
0873 burning in hell?
BARDOLPH 0874 Well, the fuel is gone that maintained that
0875 fire. That’s all the riches I got in his service.
NYM 0876 45Shall we shog? The King will be gone from
PISTOL 0878 Come, let’s away.—My love, give me thy lips.
0879 ⌜They kiss.⌝ Look to my chattels and my movables.
0880 Let senses rule. The ⌜word⌝ is “Pitch and pay.” Trust
0881 50 none, for oaths are straws, men’s faiths are wafer-cakes,
0882 and Holdfast is the only dog, my duck.
0883 Therefore, Caveto be thy counselor. Go, clear thy
0884 crystals.—Yoke-fellows in arms, let us to France,
0885 like horse-leeches, my boys, to suck, to suck, the
0886 55 very blood to suck.
BOY 0887 And that’s but unwholesome food, they say.
PISTOL 0888 Touch her soft mouth, and march.
BARDOLPH, ⌜kissing the Hostess⌝ 0889 Farewell, hostess.
NYM 0890 I cannot kiss, that is the humor of it. But adieu.
p. 69PISTOL, ⌜to the Hostess⌝ 0891 60Let huswifery appear. Keep
0892 close, I thee command.
HOSTESS 0893 Farewell. Adieu.