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Act 4, scene 1
William, the young son of Master and Mistress Page, is briefly tested on his Latin by Sir Hugh.Enter Mistress Page, ⌜Mistress⌝ Quickly, ⌜and⌝ William.
MISTRESS PAGE 1979 Is he at Master Ford’s already, think’st
MISTRESS QUICKLY 1981 Sure he is by this, or will be presently.
1982 But truly he is very courageous mad about
1983 5 his throwing into the water. Mistress Ford desires
1984 you to come suddenly.
MISTRESS PAGE 1985 I’ll be with her by and by. I’ll but bring
1986 my young man here to school.
Enter ⌜Sir Hugh⌝ Evans.
1987 Look where his master comes. ’Tis a playing day, I
1988 10 see.—How now, Sir Hugh, no school today?
SIR HUGH 1989 No. Master Slender is let the boys leave to
MISTRESS QUICKLY 1991 Blessing of his heart!
MISTRESS PAGE 1992 Sir Hugh, my husband says my son
1993 15 profits nothing in the world at his book. I pray you,
1994 ask him some questions in his accidence.
SIR HUGH 1995 Come hither, William. Hold up your head.
MISTRESS PAGE 1997 Come on, sirrah. Hold up your head.
1998 20 Answer your master. Be not afraid.
SIR HUGH 1999 William, how many numbers is in nouns?
WILLIAM 2000 Two.
p. 141MISTRESS QUICKLY 2001 Truly, I thought there had been one
2002 number more, because they say “’Od’s nouns.”
SIR HUGH 2003 25Peace your tattlings!—What is “fair,”
WILLIAM 2005 Pulcher.
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2006 Polecats? There are fairer things
2007 than polecats, sure.
SIR HUGH 2008 30You are a very simplicity ’oman. I pray you,
2009 peace.—What is lapis, William?
WILLIAM 2010 A stone.
SIR HUGH 2011 And what is “a stone,” William?
WILLIAM 2012 A pebble.
SIR HUGH 2013 35No. It is lapis. I pray you, remember in your
WILLIAM 2015 Lapis.
SIR HUGH 2016 That is a good William. What is he, William,
2017 that does lend articles?
WILLIAM 2018 40Articles are borrowed of the pronoun and be
2019 thus declined: singulariter, nominativo, hic, haec,
SIR HUGH 2021 Nominativo, hig, haeg, hog. Pray you, mark:
2022 genitivo, huius. Well, what is your accusative case?
WILLIAM 2023 45Accusativo, hinc.
SIR HUGH 2024 I pray you, have your remembrance, child.
2025 Accusativo, ⌜hung,⌝ hang, hog.
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2026 “Hang-hog” is Latin for bacon, I
2027 warrant you.
SIR HUGH 2028 50Leave your prabbles, ’oman.—What is the
2029 focative case, William?
WILLIAM 2030 O—vocativo—O—
SIR HUGH 2031 Remember, William, focative is caret.
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2032 And that’s a good root.
SIR HUGH 2033 55’Oman, forbear.
MISTRESS PAGE, ⌜to Mistress Quickly⌝ 2034 Peace!
SIR HUGH 2035 What is your genitive case plural, William?
WILLIAM 2036 Genitive case?
p. 143SIR HUGH 2037 Ay.
WILLIAM 2038 60Genitive: horum, harum, horum.
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2039 Vengeance of Ginny’s case! Fie on
2040 her! Never name her, child, if she be a whore.
SIR HUGH 2041 For shame, ’oman!
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2042 You do ill to teach the child such
2043 65 words.—He teaches him to hick and to hack,
2044 which they’ll do fast enough of themselves, and to
2045 call “whorum.”—Fie upon you!
SIR HUGH 2046 ’Oman, art thou lunatics? Hast thou no understandings
2047 for thy cases and the numbers of the
2048 70 genders? Thou art as foolish Christian creatures as
2049 I would desires.
MISTRESS PAGE, ⌜to Mistress Quickly⌝ 2050 Prithee, hold thy
SIR HUGH 2052 Show me now, William, some declensions of
2053 75 your pronouns.
WILLIAM 2054 Forsooth, I have forgot.
SIR HUGH 2055 It is qui, quae, quod. If you forget your qui’s,
2056 your quae’s, and your quod’s, you must be
2057 preeches. Go your ways and play, go.
MISTRESS PAGE 2058 80He is a better scholar than I thought he
SIR HUGH 2060 He is a good sprag memory. Farewell, Mistress
MISTRESS PAGE 2062 Adieu, good Sir Hugh.—Get you home,
2063 85 boy. ⌜(To Mistress Quickly.)⌝ Come. We stay too