Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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GADSHILL

Stand.

GADSHILL

Freeze!

FALSTAFF

So I do, against my will.

FALSTAFF

I am, and I don’t like it.

POINS

O, ’tis our setter. I know his voice, Bardolph. —What news?

POINS

Oh, that’s the man who planned the whole thing; I recognize his voice, Bardolph.— What’s going on?

GADSHILL

45Case you, case you. On with your vizards. There’s money of the King’s coming down the hill. 'Tis going to the King’s Exchequer.

GADSHILL

Cover your faces, cover your faces. Get your masks on. There’s tax money coming down the hill, on its way to the King’s treasury.

FALSTAFF

You lie, you rogue. 'Tis going to the King’s Tavern.

FALSTAFF

That’s a lie, you clown. It’s on its way to the king’s bank.

GADSHILL

There’s enough to make us all.

GADSHILL

There’s enough to make us all rich.

FALSTAFF

50To be hanged.

FALSTAFF

Or to get us all hanged.

PRINCE HENRY

Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrow lane. Ned Poins and I will walk lower. If they ’scape from your encounter, then they light on us.

PRINCE HENRY

Listen, you four confront them in the narrow lane. Ned Poins and I will wait further down. If they get away from you, they’ll run right into us.

PETO

How many be there of them?

PETO

How many of them are there?

GADSHILL

55Some eight or ten.

GADSHILL

About eight or ten.

FALSTAFF

Zounds, will they not rob us?

FALSTAFF

Damn! Won’t they rob us?

PRINCE HENRY

What, a coward, Sir John Paunch?

PRINCE HENRY

What, are you a coward, Sir John Fatstuff?

FALSTAFF

Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your grandfather, but yet no coward, Hal.

FALSTAFF

Well, I’m certainly not John of

Gaunt

Falstaff puns on the fact that “Gaunt” (Henry’s grandfather’s name) can also mean “skinny.”

Gaunt
, your grandfather, but I’m no coward, Hal.

PRINCE HENRY

60Well, we leave that to the proof.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, we’ll see about that.