Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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DAUPHIN

'Tis midnight. I’ll go arm myself.

DAUPHIN

It’s midnight. I’ll go put my armor on.
Exit
He exits.

ORLÉANS

The Dauphin longs for morning.

ORLÉANS

The Dauphin really wants it to be morning.

RAMBURES

He longs to eat the English.

RAMBURES

He wants to eat the English.

CONSTABLE

I think he will eat all he kills.

CONSTABLE

I think he’ll

eat

In other words, he won’t kill anyone.

eat
everyone he kills.

ORLÉANS

80By the white hand of my lady, he’s a gallant prince.

ORLÉANS

By my mistress’s white hand, he’s a gallant prince.

CONSTABLE

Swear by her foot, that she may tread out the oath.

CONSTABLE

Swear by her foot, so she can stamp out the oath.

ORLÉANS

He is simply the most active gentleman of France.

ORLÉANS

He’s definitely the most active gentleman of France.

CONSTABLE

Doing is activity, and he will still be doing.

CONSTABLE

Performing is activity, and he is always doing that.

ORLÉANS

He never did harm that I heard of.

ORLÉANS

He never did harm that I heard of.

CONSTABLE

85Nor will do none tomorrow. He will keep that good name still.

CONSTABLE

And he’s not going to do any tomorrow. That part of his reputation will stand.

ORLÉANS

I know him to be valiant.

ORLÉANS

I know him to be valiant.

CONSTABLE

I was told that by one that knows him better than you.

CONSTABLE

I was told that by one who knows him better than you.

ORLÉANS

What’s he?

ORLÉANS

Who was that?

CONSTABLE

90Marry, he told me so himself; and he said he cared not who knew it.

CONSTABLE

Why, he told me so himself, and he said he didn’t care who knew it.

ORLÉANS

He needs not. It is no hidden virtue in him.

ORLÉANS

He doesn’t have to care. His virtue is not hidden.