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Editor’s NoteEnter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans
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shallow Sir Hugh, persuade me not. I will make a Star Chamber 2matter of it. If he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Editor’s Note3Robert Shallow, Esquire.

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slender In the county of Gloucester, Justice of Peace and Coram.

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shallow Ay, cousin Slender, and Custalorum.

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slender Ay, and Ratolorum too; and a gentleman born, Master Parson, Editor’s Note7who writes himself 'Armigero', in any bill, warrant, quittance, or Editor’s Note8obligation—'Armigero'.

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shallow Ay, that I do, and have done any time these three hundred 10years.

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slender All his successors gone before him hath done't: and all his Editor’s Note12ancestors that come after him may. They may give the dozen white Editor’s Note13luces in their coat.

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shallow It is an old coat.

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evans The dozen white louses do become an old coat well. It agrees Editor’s Note16well passant: it is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.

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shallow The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an old cod.

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slender I may quarter, coz.

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shallow You may, by marrying.

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evans It is marring indeed if he quarter it.

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shallow Not a whit.

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evans Yes, py'r Lady. If he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three Editor’s Note23skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures. But that is all one. If Sir 24John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the Editor’s Note25Church, and will be glad to do my benevolence to make atonements 26and compromises between you.

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shallow The Council shall hear it; it is a riot.

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evans It is not meet the Council hear a riot. There is no fear of Got in 29a riot. The Council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, Editor’s Note30and not to hear a riot. Take your 'visaments in that.

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shallow Ha! O' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.

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evans It is petter that friends is the sword and end it. And there is 33also another device in my prain, which peradventure prings goot pg 176334discretions with it. There is Anne Page, which is daughter to Master 35George Page, which is pretty virginity.

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slender Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and speaks small 37like a woman.

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evans It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just as you will desire. Editor’s Note39And seven hundred pounds of moneys, and gold, and silver, is her 40grandsire upon his death's bed—Got deliver to a joyful resurrections!—41give, when she is able to overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot Editor’s Note42motion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage 43between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne Page.

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slender Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred pound?

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evans Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.

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slender I know the young gentlewoman. She has good gifts.

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evans Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is goot gifts.

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shallow Well, let us see honest Master Page. Is Falstaff there?

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evans Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, as I do despise one that 50is false, or as I despise one that is not true. The knight Sir John is there, Editor’s Note51and I beseech you be ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door for 52Master Page. [He knocks on the door] What ho! Got pless your house here!

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page [within] Who's there?

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evans Here is Got's plessing and your friend, and Justice Shallow, and Editor’s Note55here young Master Slender, that peradventures shall tell you another tale 56if matters grow to your likings.

[Enter Master Page]
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page I am glad to see your worships well. I thank you for my 58venison, Master Shallow.

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shallow Master Page, I am glad to see you. Much good do it your good Editor’s Note60heart! I wished your venison better; it was ill killed.—How doth good Editor’s Note61Mistress Page? —And I thank you always with my heart, la, with my 62heart.

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page Sir, I thank you.

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shallow Sir, I thank you. By yea and no, I do.

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page I am glad to see you, good Master Slender.

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slender How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard say he was Editor’s Note67outrun on Cotswold.

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page It could not be judged, sir.

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slender You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

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shallow That he will not. 'Tis your fault, 'tis your fault. [To Page] 'Tis 71a good dog.

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page A cur, sir.

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shallow Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog. Can there be more said? 74He is good and fair. Is Sir John Falstaff here?

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page Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good office between 76you.

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evans It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.

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shallow He hath wronged me, Master Page.

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page Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.

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shallow If it be confessed, it is not redressed. Is not that so, Editor’s Note81Master Page? He hath wronged me; indeed he hath; at a word, he hath. 82Believe me, Robert Shallow Esquire, saith he is wronged.

[Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nim, and Pistol]
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page Here comes Sir John.

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falstaff Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the King?

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shallow Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke Editor’s Note86open my lodge.

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falstaff But not kissed your keeper's daughter?

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shallow Tut, a pin. This shall be answered.

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falstaff I will answer it straight: I have done all this. That is now Editor’s Note90answered.

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shallow The Council shall know this.

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falstaff 'Twere better for you if it were known in counsel. You'll be 93laughed at.

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evans Pauca verba, Sir John: goot worts.

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falstaff Good worts? Good cabbage!—Slender, I broke your head. Editor’s Note96What matter have you against me?

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slender Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against you, and against Editor’s Note98your cony-catching rascals, Bardolph, Nim, and Pistol.

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bardolph You Banbury cheese!

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slender Ay, it is no matter.

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pistol How now, Mephistopheles?

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slender Ay, it is no matter.

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nim Slice, I say pauca, pauca. Slice, that's my humour.

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slender Where's Simple, my man? [To Shallow] Can you tell, cousin?

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evans Peace, I pray you. Now let us understand. There is three umpires 106in this matter, as I understand: that is, Master Page, fidelicet Master Editor’s Note107Page; and there is myself, fidelicet myself; and the three party is, lastly Editor’s Note108and finally, mine Host of the Garter.

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page We three to hear it, and end it between them.

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evans Fery goot. I will make a prief of it in my notebook, and we will Editor’s Note111afterwards 'ork upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we can.

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falstaff Pistol.

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pistol He hears with ears.

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evans The tevil and his tam! What phrase is this? 'He hears with ear'! 115Why, it is affectations.

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falstaff Pistol, did you pick Master Slender's purse?

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slender Ay, by these gloves did he—or I would I might never come in Editor’s Note118mine own great chamber again else—of seven groats in mill-sixpences, Editor’s Note119and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling and twopence 120apiece of Ed Miller, by these gloves.

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falstaff Is this true, Pistol?

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evans No, it is false, if it is a pick-purse.

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pistol Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! Sir John and master mine,

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126Word of denial: froth and scum, thou liest!

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slender [pointing at Nim] By these gloves, then, 'twas he.

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nim Be advised sir, and pass good humours. I will say 'marry, trap with Editor’s Note129you' if you run the nuthook's humour on me. That is the very note of it.

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slender By this hat, then, he in the red face had it. For though I cannot 131remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether 132an ass.

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falstaff [to Bardolph] What say you, Scarlet and John?

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bardolph Why, sir, for my part, I say the gentleman had drunk himself 135out of his five sentences.

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evans It is 'his five senses'. Fie, what the ignorance is!

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bardolph And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashiered. And so Editor’s Note138conclusions passed the careers.

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slender Ay, you spoke in Latin then, too. But 'tis no matter. I'll ne'er be Editor’s Note140drunk, whilst I live, again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this 141trick. If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, 142and not with drunken knaves.

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evans So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind.

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falstaff You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen, you hear it.

[Enter Anne Page, with wine]
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page Nay, daughter, carry the wine in, we'll drink within.

[Exit Anne]
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slender O heaven, this is Mistress Anne Page!

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page How now, Mistress Ford?

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falstaff Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met. By your 149leave, good mistress.

[He kisses her]
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page Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome.—Come, we have a hot Editor’s Note151venison pasty to dinner. Come gentlemen, I hope we shall drink 152down all unkindness.

[Exeunt all but Slender]
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slender I had rather than forty shillings I had my book of songs and 154sonnets here.

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155How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on myself, must I? 156You have not the book of riddles about you, have you?

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simple Book of riddles? Why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake Editor’s Note158upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas?

[Enter Shallow and Evans]
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shallow [to Slender] Come coz; come coz—we stay for you. A word 160with you, coz.

[He draws Slender aside]

Editor’s Note161Marry, this, coz: there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made Editor’s Note162afar off by Sir Hugh here. Do you understand me?

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slender Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable. If it be so, I shall do that 164that is reason.

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shallow Nay, but understand me.

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slender So I do, sir.

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evans Give ear to his motions, Master Slender. I will description the 168matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

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slender Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says. I pray you pardon Editor’s Note170me, he's a Justice of Peace in his country, simple though I stand here.

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evans But that is not the question. The question is concerning your 172marriage.

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shallow Ay, there's the point, sir.

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evans Marry, is it, the very point of it—to Mistress Anne Page.

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slender Why if it be so, I will marry her upon any reasonable demands.

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evans But can you affection the 'oman? Let us command to know that Editor’s Note177of your mouth, or of your lips—for divers philosophers hold that the lips pg 1767Editor’s Note178is parcel of the mouth. Therefore, precisely, can you carry your goot will 179to the maid?

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shallow Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

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slender I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become one that would do 182reason.

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evans Nay, Got's lords, and his ladies, you must speak positable if you Editor’s Note184can carry her your desires towards her.

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shallow That you must. Will you, upon good dowry, marry her?

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slender I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, Editor’s Note187in any reason.

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shallow Nay, conceive me. Conceive me, sweet coz—what I do is to 189pleasure you, coz. Can you love the maid?

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slender I will marry her, sir, at your request. But if there be no great 191love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better 192acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know Editor’s Note193one another. I hope upon familiarity will grow more contempt. But if Editor’s Note194you say 'marry her', I will marry her. That I am freely dissolved, and Editor’s Note195dissolutely.

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evans It is a fery discretion answer, save the fall is in the 'ort 'dissolutely'. 197The 'ort is, according to our meaning, 'resolutely'. His meaning is goot.

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shallow Ay, I think my cousin meant well.

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slender Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la!

[Enter Anne Page]
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shallow Here comes fair Mistress Anne.—Would I were young for your 201sake, Mistress Anne.

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Anne The dinner is on the table. My father desires your worships' 203company.

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shallow I will wait on him, fair Mistress Anne.

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evans 'Od's plessèd will, I will not be absence at the grace.

[Exeunt Shallow and Evans]
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Anne [to Slender] Will't please your worship to come in, sir?

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slender No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am very well.

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Anne The dinner attends you, sir.

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slender I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. [To Simple] Go, Editor’s Note210sirrah; for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow.

[Exit Simple]

Editor’s Note211A Justice of Peace sometime may be beholding to his friend for a man. Editor’s Note212I keep but three men and a boy yet, till my mother be dead. But what 213though? Yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

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Anne I may not go in without your worship. They will not sit till you 215come.

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slender I'faith, I'll eat nothing. I thank you as much as though I did.

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Anne I pray you, sir, walk in.

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slender I had rather walk here, I thank you. I bruised my shin th'other Editor’s Note219day, with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence—three Editor’s Note220veneys for a dish of stewed prunes—and by my troth, I cannot abide the Editor’s Note221smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so? Be there bears 222i'th' town?

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Anne I think there are, sir. I heard them talked of.

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slender I love the sport well—but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any 225man in England. You are afraid if you see the bear loose, are you not?

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Anne Ay, indeed, sir.

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slender That's meat and drink to me now. I have seen Sackerson loose 228twenty times, and have taken him by the chain. But I warrant you, the Editor’s Note229women have so cried and shrieked at it that it passed. But women, Editor’s Note230indeed, cannot abide 'em. They are very ill-favoured, rough things.

[Enter Page]
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page Come, gentle Master Slender, come. We stay for you.

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slender I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir.

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page By cock and pie, you shall not choose, sir. Come, come.

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slender Nay, pray you lead the way.

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page Come on, sir.

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slender Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.

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Anne Not I, sir. Pray you keep on.

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slender Truly I will not go first, truly, la! I will not do you that wrong.

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Anne I pray you, sir.

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slender I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome. You do yourself 241wrong indeed, la!

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1.1.0 Shallow The character's name suggests his limited capacities as a justice of the peace.
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1.1.0 Slender Several of Shakespeare's plays contain notably thin characters who may have been played by the same actor in his company, John Sincklo: Slender, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, the Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet, and the First Beadle in 2 Henry IV.
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1.1.0 Sir (a respectful title for a clergyman, not denoting knighthood)
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1.1.0 Enter…Evans Renaissance Windsor was small relative to London; modern productions often use costumes and sets to provide the impression that the play takes place in a contemporary small town. Particular stage doors may indicate set directions in relation to the various locations (such as the Wives' houses or the Garter Inn).
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1.1.1–2 Star Chamber This room for the King's Council to meet as a judicial court was named for the stars painted on the ceiling.
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1.1.3 Esquire (a title used for lesser gentry denoting a gentleman with heraldic arms)
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1.1.4 county of Gloucester (considered a backward rural area in relation to London and the court)
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1.1.4 Coram Slender means quoram, applied to justices who could try felony cases if two or more of them were present; coram is Latin for 'before', and was used in legal phrases such as coram judice, 'before a judge'.
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1.1.5 cousin (a term for any kinsman; Slender is Shallow's nephew)
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1.1.5–6 Custalorum … Ratolorum Both are corruptions of custom rotulorum, 'keeper of the rolls', the office of the principal justice in a county.
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1.1.7 writes signs
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1.1.7 Armigero (corruption of armiger, a squire entitled to bear heraldic arms)
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1.1.7 bill indictment
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1.1.7 quittance discharge from debt or obligation
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1.1.8 obligation contract, bond
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1.1.9 and have done Shallow means that his family has done.
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1.1.11,13 successors, ancestors (Slender reverses the meaning of the two words.)
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1.1.12–13 give … in their coat display in their coat of arms
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1.1.12 the dozen white Evans may wear an academic gown to signify that he is a schoolmaster. He speaks with a strong Welsh accent that leads him to pronounce bs as ps and ds as ts, and to drop ws from the beginning of words.
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1.1.13 luces pikes (a type of fish)
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1.1.14 coat coat of arms; garment
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1.1.15 louses lice
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1.1.15 coat Evans's Welsh accent pronounces this word as if it had a '-d' ending, causing Shallow to respond as if Evans said 'cod', a class of fish including the luce.
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1.1.16 passant in a walking posture (heraldic); perhaps also 'passing' or 'surpassingly'
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1.1.16–7 it … man The louse was proverbially man's companion.
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1.1.16 familiar common, well-known; intimate; affable, sociable
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1.1.17 fresh freshwater; new, unpreserved, untainted
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1.1.17 salt saltwater; salted, cured with salt; lewd, obscene
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1.1.17 fish (with quibbling allusion to male sexual organs)
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1.1.18 quarter incorporate another coat of arms in one's heraldic arms (as perhaps Shallow has claimed to have added luce to his old coat of salt fish); 'cut up in quarters' (as Evans understands it)
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1.1.18 coz cousin (used for any kinsman)
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1.1.20 marring (echoing the proverb 'marrying is marring')
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1.1.21 Not a whit not at all
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1.1.22 py'r Lady by our Lady (the Virgin Mary)
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1.1.23 skirts tails (The coat is presumably constructed in four panels, divided at the hem.)
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1.1.25 do my benevolence lend my friendly offices
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1.1.27 Council Court of Star Chamber (but Evans understands it as 'church council')
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1.1.27 riot outbreak of lawlessness
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1.1.28 meet fitting
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1.1.30 'visaments (Evans's pronunciation of 'visements', a shortened form of advisements)
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1.1.31 sword (Evans's pronunciation may be swort, punning on sort, 'conclusion'.)
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1.1.31–2 the sword should end it an opportunity for the elderly Shallow to demonstrate that he has not entirely lost his fighting skills despite his age
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1.1.36 small in a high-pitched voice
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1.1.38 'orld (Evans's pronunciation of 'world')
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1.1.39 is did (in Evans's personal idiom)
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1.1.42 pribbles and prabbles quibbles and brabbles (in Evans's personal idiom)
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1.1.45 a petter penny 'A better penny' was a stock expression meaning 'much more as well'.
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1.1.46 gifts qualities
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1.1.46 I know … gentlewoman an opportunity for mildly lewd gestures about Anne Page's physical attributes
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1.1.47 possibilities good prospects (for inheriting wealth)
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1.1.51 your well-willers those who wish you well
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1.1.53 within Page may enter immediately instead of answering from offstage.
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1.1.55 tell … tale (misrecalls the proverb 'make you tell another tale' and implies that Slender might make life different for Page)
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1.1.60 ill killed not killed in the proper manner
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1.1.61–2 I … heart (presumably for Page's acceptance of Slender as suitor to Anne)
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1.1.61 la indeed (an affectation)
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1.1.64 By yea and no (a mild oath)
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1.1.66 fallow light brown
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1.1.67 Cotswold (the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire)
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1.1.68 judged fairly decided
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1.1.69 You'll not confess If Slender is teasing Master Page, Shallow's ''tis your fault' may be spoken aside to his nephew to hush him.
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1.1.70 'Tis your fault you are in the wrong
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1.1.79 in some sort to some extent
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1.1.80 If … redressed (alluding to the proverb 'Confession of a fault is half amends')
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1.1.81 at a word in short
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1.1.86 lodge hunting lodge, keeper's house
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1.1.87 kissed your keeper's daughter Falstaff may be alluding to another play or a line from a contemporary ballad.
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1.1.88 pin (meaning an insignificant thing)
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1.1.90 answered brought to account in court (but Falstaff intentionally mistakes it as 'given a reply')
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1.1.92 known in counsel kept secret (punning on Council)
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1.1.94 Pauca verba few words (Latin)
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1.1.94 worts (Evans's pronunciation of 'words' but taken by Falstaff to mean vegetables)
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1.1.96 matter cause for complaint (also, quibblingly, 'substance')
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1.1.97 Marry indeed (literally, 'by Mary')
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1.1.98 cony-catching swindling (the cony, or rabbit, being the dupe)
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1.1.99 Banbury cheese (known for its thinness, so mocking Slender's appearance)
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1.1.101 Mephistopheles (name of the devil in Marlowe's Dr Faustus)
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1.1.103 Slice, I say pauca, pauca Picking up on Evans's Pauca verba (1.1.94), Nim threatens violent action—slices from his sword—in place of words.
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1.1.103 humour temperament, inclination (The 'theory of humours' which was then in vogue related temperament and behaviour to the balance of bodily fluids. In Nim, Shakespeare satirizes the word's overuse and misuse.)
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1.1.103 Slice possibly threatening Slender
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1.1.107 fidelicet namely (for Latin videlicet)
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1.1.108 Garter (the name of the Host's inn in Windsor)
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1.1.110 prief (for brief, 'summary')
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1.1.110 in my notebook Slender may produce writing props.
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1.1.111 cause case
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1.1.113 He hears with ears (perhaps echoing biblical 'We have heard with our ears' (Psalm 44:1), which allusion Evans the Parson misses)
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1.1.114 The … tam a proverbial exclamation. 'Tam' (for 'dam') is mother.
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1.1.117 gloves (a formal item of a gentleman's attire, so, to Slender, an appropriate token of honour)
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1.1.117 by these gloves Slender is likely gesturing with his gloves, articles that often signify a challenge to a duel—tellingly, he does not escalate the encounter by throwing one down, though Pistol responds as though he did (l. 124).
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1.1.118 great chamber Slender probably means 'great hall', the focal and prestigious living room in larger gentry houses; but chamber suggests 'bedroom'.
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1.1.118 seven groats in mill-sixpences A groat was a four-penny coin; mill-sixpences were made by stamping in a mill rather than the older method of hammering. Such sixpences may have been worth more than their face value, and Slender may refer to the value of groats; but he probably shows confusion.
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1.1.119–20 Edward shovel-boards shillings of the reign of Edward VI (1547–53). Their smoothness (with age) and breadth made them good for playing games, and Shallow has paid over twice their face value on this account.
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1.1.122 No … pick-purse The second, and perhaps also the first, it is for 'he'. False quibbles on 'untrue' and 'deceitful, wrongful'.
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1.1.123 mountain-foreigner foreigner from the (Welsh) mountains
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1.1.123 Ha! Thou… Pistol speaks in bombastic verse, often behaving with the flamboyant theatricality of an obsessive fan or Comicon enthusiast, making the role particularly attractive to actors despite its relatively few lines.
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1.1.124 combat challenge challenge to trial by combat
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1.1.124 latten bilbo brass sword (of merely ceremonial use, and possibly alluding to Slender's thinness)
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1.1.125 labras lips (with s added to a Latin plural form)
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1.1.128 Be advised take my advice (with implied threat)
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1.1.128 pass good humours act complaisant
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1.1.128 marry by Mary (a mild oath)
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1.1.128 trap with you (an obscure phrase; perhaps 'you will be caught yourself')
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1.1.129–30 run … on try playing the constable with. A nuthook was originally a hooked stick for pulling down branches to collect nuts; used figuratively for an arresting officer.
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1.1.129 very note actual fact
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1.1.130 he in the red face (meaning Bardolph, who is repeatedly characterized in this way)
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1.1.133 Scarlet and John (alluding to Robin Hood's accomplices Will Scarlet and Little John, with reference to Bardolph's complexion and his propensity to steal)
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1.1.136 'his five senses' Schoolmaster Evans may stress the word senses to highlight Bardolph's error.
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1.1.137 fap drunk (in regional dialect)
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1.1.137 cashiered dismissed from service (and quibbling on 'cash-sheared' meaning 'robbed')
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1.1.138 passed the careers got out of hand. A career is a fixed course for a horse to gallop.
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1.1.139 Latin Bardolph's strange diction is mistaken by Slender for this language that is to him incomprehensible.
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1.1.140 for on account of
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1.1.143 'udge (for 'judge')
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1.1.146.1–2 Enter Mistress Page and Mistress Ford Productions illustrate the Wives' friendship in various ways: some emphasize their physical similarities to show affinity, others dress them alike to show their shared status as housewives or add 'stereotypical' costume pieces like curlers and housecoats.
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1.1.151 pasty pie
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1.1.151 drink down all unkindness mutually forgive and forget
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1.1.153 had rather would rather
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1.1.153-4 my … sonnets presumably as a source of complimentary expressions
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1.1.154.1 Enter Simple Servants often wear livery, a uniform or badge denoting their employment within a particular house; Simple's costume may evoke Slender's.
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1.1.158 Allhallowmas … Michaelmas All Saints' Day (1 November) … The Feast of St Michael on 29 September (one or both mistaken by Simple)
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1.1.159 stay wait
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1.1.161 tender proposal (of marriage, but Slender understands a proposal for reconciliation with Falstaff)
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1.1.162 afar off indirectly
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1.1.162 Do you understand me? The foolish Slender's attention may be drifting.
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1.1.167 motions proposals
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1.1.170 country district
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1.1.170 simple though as sure as (simple also suggesting 'foolish')
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1.1.174 Marry (an exclamation, as in 1.1.97, but also the verb of marriage)
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1.1.175 demands requests
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1.1.177 divers various
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1.1.178 parcel part
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1.1.178–9 your goot will to the maid? Shallow's rephrasing of the question suggests that Slender is visibly baffled by Evans's version. Performances may make much of Slender's seeming not to understand Shallow, either.
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1.1.183 positable (for 'positively')
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1.1.184 carry her convey to her (a grammatically unacceptable construction)
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1.1.187 in within
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1.1.188 conceive understand
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1.1.190–3 But … another (inverting the proverb 'Marry first and love will come after')
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1.1.193 contempt (varying the proverbial content that grows with familiarity)
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1.1.194 dissolved (for 'resolved')
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1.1.195 dissolutely (for 'resolutely')
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1.1.196 discretion (for 'discrete')
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1.1.196 save the fall except the mistake
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1.1.200 Would I were I wish I were
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1.1.205 'Od's God's (in Evans's pronunciation)
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1.1.206–7 Will't please your worship to come in, sir? As Anne is trying to usher Slender into the house, the opportunity for humorous business is considerable, and sometimes prescribed by editors, such as 'He goes in; she follows with her apron spread, as if driving a goose.'
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1.1.210 sirrah (a form of address used for servants and other social inferiors)
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1.1.210–1 wait upon attend
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1.1.211 sometime sometimes
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1.1.212–13 what though what of it
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1.1.219 sword and dagger (a method of fighting with one weapon in each hand)
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1.1.219 master of fence fencing master
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1.1.220 veneys bouts
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1.1.220–1 dish of stewed prunes Prunes were placed in a window to indicate a brothel; Slender unintentionally suggests that the 'trophy' was a visit to a prostitute.
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1.1.221 hot meat hot food; (unintentionally) a prostitute's body
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1.1.221 Why do your dogs bark so? Use of the sound effect of dogs barking would remind audiences of Slender's insult to Page about his greyhound earlier in the scene (lines 66–9). Some productions of the play include onstage dogs.
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1.1.224 the sport bear-baiting (a supposed sport in which a chained bear was attacked by dogs; it was largely popular, but puritans and others objected to it)
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1.1.224–5 quarrel at object to
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1.1.227 meat and drink everyday fare (proverbial)
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1.1.227 Sackerson (name of a famous bear used in bear-baiting)
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1.1.229 passed surpassed, beggared description
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1.1.230 ill-favoured ugly-looking
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1.1.233 By cock and pie (an oath; cock was a euphemistic corruption of God, and pie a collection of rules for ordering divine services—with a quibble on the dish)
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1.1.233 shall not choose must
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1.1.237 keep on go on
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1.1.238–9 do you that wrong be so rude
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1.1.240 I'll … troublesome (proverbial)
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