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The Merry Wives of Windsor - Act 5, scene 1
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Act 5, scene 1
Falstaff, having agreed to meet Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, promises success to “Brook.”Enter ⌜Sir John⌝ Falstaff ⌜and Mistress⌝ Quickly.
FALSTAFF 2581 Prithee, no more prattling. Go. I’ll hold. This
2582 is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.
2583 Away, go. They say there is divinity in odd
2584 numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
2585 5 Away.
MISTRESS QUICKLY 2586 I’ll provide you a chain, and I’ll do
2587 what I can to get you a pair of horns.
FALSTAFF 2588 Away, I say! Time wears. Hold up your head,
2589 and mince.⌜Mistress Quickly exits.⌝
Enter Ford ⌜disguised as Brook.⌝
2590 10 How now, Master ⌜Brook!⌝ Master ⌜Brook,⌝ the
2591 matter will be known tonight or never. Be you in
2592 the park about midnight, at Herne’s oak, and you
2593 shall see wonders.
FORD, ⌜as Brook⌝ 2594 Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as
2595 15 you told me you had appointed?
FALSTAFF 2596 I went to her, Master ⌜Brook,⌝ as you see,
2597 like a poor old man, but I came from her, Master
2598 ⌜Brook,⌝ like a poor old woman. That same knave
2599 Ford, her husband, hath the finest mad devil of
2600 20 jealousy in him, Master ⌜Brook,⌝ that ever governed
2601 frenzy. I will tell you, he beat me grievously,
2602 in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man,
p. 1832603 Master ⌜Brook,⌝ I fear not Goliath with a weaver’s
2604 beam, because I know also life is a shuttle. I am in
2605 25 haste. Go along with me; I’ll tell you all, Master
2606 ⌜Brook.⌝ Since I plucked geese, played truant, and
2607 whipped top, I knew not what ’twas to be beaten
2608 till lately. Follow me. I’ll tell you strange things of
2609 this knave Ford, on whom tonight I will be revenged,
2610 30 and I will deliver his wife into your hand.
2611 Follow. Strange things in hand, Master ⌜Brook!⌝