Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

FLUELLEN

Certainly, aunchient, it is not a thing to rejoice at, for if, look you, he were my brother, I would desire the duke to use his good pleasure and put him to execution, for discipline ought to be used.

FLUELLEN

Actually, you shouldn’t be, because, see, even if he were my own brother I’d want the duke to stick to his plan and have Bardolph executed. Discipline must be kept.

PISTOL

Die and be damned, and figo for thy friendship!

PISTOL

Then die and be damned! And I’m giving the finger to your friendship!

FLUELLEN

It is well.

FLUELLEN

Very well.

PISTOL

The fig of Spain!

PISTOL

Exit
He exits.

FLUELLEN

Very good.

FLUELLEN

Very good.

GOWER

55Why, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal. I remember him now, a bawd, a cutpurse.

GOWER

Why, that man is a total fraud and rascal. I remember him now. A pimp, a pickpocket.

FLUELLEN

I’ll assure you, he uttered as prave words at the pridge as you shall see in a summer’s day. But it is very well; what he has spoke to me, that is well, I warrant you, when time is serve.

FLUELLEN

At the bridge he spoke as excellently as anyone I’ve ever heard, I promise you. But that’s alright. What he just said to me—it’s alright. I assure you, when the time comes—

GOWER

Why, ’tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and then goes to the wars to grace himself at his return into London under the form of a soldier. And such fellows are perfect in the great commanders' names, and they will learn you by rote where services were done—at such and such a sconce, at such a breach, at such a convoy; who came off bravely, who was shot, who disgraced, what terms the enemy stood on. And this they con perfectly in the phrase of war, which they

GOWER

Why, he’s a fool, an idiot, a moron, a man who now and then joins the army so as to be able to give himself airs when he gets back to London and masquerades as a soldier. Such fellows have memorized the names of famous commanders, and they can tell you—having learned such things by rote, not by experience—where this or that battle was fought, at such and such fort, at such and such wall, with such and such protective escort. And they can say who fought well, who was