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The Merry Wiues of Windsor. nest cloathes you send forth to bleaching. Page. Why, this passes M. Ford: you are not to goe loose any longer, you must be pinnion'd. Euans.
[1840]
Why, this is Lunaticks: this is madde, as a mad dogge.
Shall. Indeed M. Ford, this is not well indeed. Ford.

So say I too Sir, come hither Mistris Ford, Mi­

stris Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife, the vertu­

ous creature, that hath the iealious foole to her husband:

[1845]

I suspect without cause (Mistris) do I?

Mist.Ford.

Heauen be my witnesse you doe, if you

suspect me in any dishonesty.

Ford.

Well said Brazon‑face, hold it out: Come forth

sirrah.

Page.
[1850]
This passes.
Mist.Ford. Are you not asham'd, let the cloths alone. Ford. I shall finde you anon. Eua. 'Tis vnreasonable; will you take vp your wiues cloathes? Come, away. Ford. Empty the basket I say. M.Ford.
[1855]
Why man, why?
Ford.

Master Page, as I am a man, there was one con­

uay'd out of my house yesterday in this basket: why

may not he be there againe, in my house I am sure he is:

my Intelligence is true, my iealousie is reasonable, pluck

[1860]

me out all the linnen.

Mist.Ford. If you find a man there, he shall dye a Fleas death. Page. Heer's no man. Shal. By my fidelity this is not well M r. Ford: This wrongs you. Euans. M r Ford, you must pray, and not follow the imaginations of your owne heart: this is iealousies. Ford.
[1865]
Well, hee's not heere I seeke for.
Page. No, nor no where else but in your braine. Ford.

Helpe to search my house this one time: if I find

not what I seeke, shew no colour for my extremity: Let

me for euer be your Tableߛsport: Let them say of me, as

[1870]

iealous as Ford, that search'd a hollow Wall‑nut for his

wiues Lemman. Satisfie me once more, once more serch

with me.

M.Ford.

What hoa (Mistris Page,) come you and

the old woman downe: my husband will come into the

[1875]

Chamber.

Ford. Old woman? what old womans that? M.Ford. Why it is my maids Aunt of Brainford. Ford.

A witch, a Queane, an olde couzening queane:

Haue I not forbid her my house. She comes of errands

[1880]

do's she? We are simple men, wee doe not know what's

brought to passe vnder the profession of Fortune‑telling.

She workes by Charmes, by Spels, by th'Figure, & such

dawbry as this is, beyond our Element: wee know no­

thing. Come downe you Witch, you Hagge you, come

[1885]

downe I say.

Mist.Ford. Nay, good sweet husband, good Gentle­ men, let him strike the old woman. Mist.Page. Come mother Prat, Come giue me your hand. Ford.

Ile Prat‑her: Out of my doore, you Witch,

you Ragge, you Baggage, you Poulcat, you Runnion,

[1890]

out, out: Ile coniure you, Ile fortune‑tell you.

Mist.Page. Are you not asham'd? I thinke you haue kill'd the poore woman. Mist.Ford. Nay he will do it, 'tis a goodly credite for you. Ford. Hang her witch.

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Eua.
[1895]

By yea, and no, I thinke the o'man is a witch in­

deede: I like not when a o'man has a great peard; I spie

a great peard vnder his muffler.

Ford.

Will you follow Gentlemen, I beseech you fol­

low: see but the issue of my iealousie: If I cry out thus

[1900]

vpon no traile, neuer trust me when I open againe.

Page. Let's obey his humour a little further: Come Gentlemen. Mist.Page. Trust me he beate him most pittifully. Mist.Ford. Nay by th'Masse that he did not: he beate him most vnpittifully, me thought. Mist.Page.
[1905]
Ile haue the cudgell hallow'd, and hung ore the Altar, it hath done meritorious seruice.
Mist.Ford.

What thinke you? May we with the war­

rant of woman‑hood, and the witnesse of a good consci­

ence, pursue him with any further reuenge?

M.Page.

The spirit of wantonnesse is sure scar'd out

[1910]

of him, if the diuell haue him not in fee‑simple, with

fine and recouery, he will neuer (I thinke) in the way of

waste, attempt vs againe.

Mist.Ford.

Shall we tell our husbands how wee haue

seru'd him?

Mist.Page.
[1915]

Yes, by all meanes: if it be but to scrape

the figures out of your husbands braines: if they can find

in their hearts, the poore vnuertuous fat Knight shall be

any further afflicted, wee two will still bee the mini­

sters.

Mist.Ford.
[1920]

Ile warrant, they'l haue him publiquely

sham'd, and me thinkes there would be no period to the

iest, should he not be publikely sham'd.

Mist.Page. Come, to the Forge with it, then shape it: I would not haue things coole. Exeunt
Scena Tertia. [Act 4, Scene 3] Enter Host and Bardolfe. Bar.

Sir, the Germane desires to haue three of your

[1925]

horses: the Duke himselfe will be to morrow at Court,

and they are going to meet him.

Host.

What Duke should that be comes so secretly?

I heare not of him in the Court: let mee speake with the

Gentlemen, they speake English?

Bar.
[1930]
I Sir? Ile call him to you.
Host.

They shall haue my horses, but Ile make them

pay: Ile sauce them, they haue had my houses a week at

commaund: I haue turn'd away my other guests, they

must come off, Ile sawce them, come.

Exeunt
Scena Quarta. [Act 3, Scene 4] Enter Page, Ford, Mistris Page, Mistris Ford, and Euans. Eua.
[1935]
'Tis one of the best discretions of a o'man as e­ uer I did looke vpon.
Page. And did he send you both these Letters at an instant? Mist.Page. VVithin a quarter of an houre. Ford. Pardon me (wife) henceforth do what y u wilt: I rather will suspect the Sunne with gold,
[1940]
Then thee with wantonnes: Now doth thy honor stand (In

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Scena Quarta. [Act 3, Scene 4] Enter Page, Ford, Mistris Page, Mistris Ford, and Euans. Eua.
[1935]
'Tis one of the best discretions of a o'man as e­ uer I did looke vpon.
Page. And did he send you both these Letters at an instant? Mist.Page. VVithin a quarter of an houre. Ford. Pardon me (wife) henceforth do what y u wilt: I rather will suspect the Sunne with gold,
[1940]
Then thee with wantonnes: Now doth thy honor stand (In him that was of late an Heretike) As firme as faith.
Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well, no more: Be not as extreme in submission, as in offence,
[1945]
But let our plot go forward: Let our wiues Yet once againe (to make vs publike sport) Appoint a meeting with this old fat‑fellow, Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it.
Ford. There is no better way then that they spoke of. Page.
[1950]
How? to send him word they'll meete him in the Parke at midnight? Fie, fie, he'll neuer come.
Eu.

You say he has bin throwne in the Riuers: and

has bin greeuously peaten, as an old o'man: me‑thinkes

there should be terrors in him, that he should not come:

Me‑thinkes his flesh is punish'd, hee shall haue no de­

[1955]

sires

Page. So thinke I too. M.Ford. Deuise but how you'l vse him whēwhen he comes, And let vs two deuise to bring him thether. Mis.Page. There is an old tale goes, that Herne the
[1960]
Hunter (sometime a keeper heere in Windsor Forrest) Doth all the winter time, at still midnight Walke round about an Oake, with great rag'd‑hornes, And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle, And make milch‑kine yeeld blood, and shakes a chaine
[1965]
In a most hideous and dreadfull manner. You haue heard of such a Spirit, and well you know The superstitious idle‑headed‑Eld Receiu'd, and did deliuer to our age This tale of Herne the Hunter, for a truth.
Page.
[1970]
Why yet there want not many that do feare In deepe of night to walke by this Hernes Oake: But what of this?
Mist.Ford. Marry this is our deuise, That Falstaffe at that Oake shall meete with vs. Page.
[1975]
Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, And in this shape, when you haue brought him thether, What shall be done with him? What is your plot?
Mist.Pa. That likewise haue we thoght vpon: & thus: Nan Page (my daughter) and my little sonne,
[1980]
And three or foure more of their growth, wee'l dresse Like Vrchins, Ouphes, and Fairies, greene and white, With rounds of waxen Tapers on their heads, And rattles in their hands; vpon a sodaine, As Falstaffe, she, and I, are newly met,
[1985]
Let them from forth a saw‑pit rush at once With some diffused song: Vpon their sight We two, in great amazednesse will flye: Then let them all encircle him about, And Fairy‑like to pinch the vncleane Knight;
[1990]
And aske him why that houre of Fairy Reuell, In their so sacred pathes, he dares to tread In shape prophane.
Ford. And till he tell the truth, Let the supposed Fairies pinch him, sound,
[1995]
And burne him with their Tapers.
Mist.Page. The truth being knowne, We'll all present our selues; dis‑horne the spirit, And mocke him home to Windsor. Ford. The children must
[2000]
Be practis'd well to this, or they'll neu'r doo't.
Eua. I will teach the children their behauiours: and I will be like a Iackeߛan‑Apes also, to burne the Knight with my Taber. Ford. That will be excellent, Ile go buy them vizards. Mist.Page. My Nan shall be the Queene of all the Fairies, finely attired in a robe of white. Page.
[2005]
That silke will I go buy, and in that time Shall M. Slender steale my Nan away, And marry her at Eaton: go, send to Falstaffe straight.
Ford. Nay, Ile to him againe in name of Broome, Hee'l tell me all his purpose: sure hee'l come. Mist.Page.
[2010]
Feare not you that: Go get vs properties And tricking for our Fayries.
Euans. Let vs about it, It is admirable pleasures, and ferry honest knaueries. Mis.Page. Go Mist. Ford,
[2015]
Send quickly to Sir Iohn, to know his minde: Ile to the Doctor, he hath my good will, And none but he to marry with Nan Page : That Slender (though well landed) is an Ideot: And he, my husband best of all affects:
[2020]
The Doctor is well monied, and his friends Potent at Court: he, none but he shall haue her, Though twenty thousand worthier come to craue her.
 

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      <l n="1989">And Fairy‑like to pinch the vncleane Knight;</l>
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   <sp who="#F-wiv-eva">
      <speaker rend="italic">Euans.</speaker>
      <l n="2012">Let vs about it,</l>
      <l n="2013">It is admirable pleasures, and ferry honest knaueries.</l>
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      <l n="2015">Send quickly to Sir<hi rend="italic">Iohn</hi>, to know his minde:</l>
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      <l n="2018">That<hi rend="italic">Slender</hi>(though well landed) is an Ideot:</l>
      <l n="2019">And he, my husband best of all affects:</l>
      <l n="2020">The Doctor is well monied, and his friends</l>
      <l n="2021">Potent at Court: he, none but he shall haue her,</l>
      <l n="2022">Though twenty thousand worthier come to craue her.</l>
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