Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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KING HENRY

Then you are a better than the king.

KING HENRY

Then you’re a better man than the king.

PISTOL

45The king’s a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
A lad of life, an imp of fame,
Of parents good, of fist most valiant.
I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heartstring
I love the lovely bully. What is thy name?

PISTOL

The king’s a dear boy with a heart of gold, he’s a lively lad, a wag, born of fine parents, good with his fists. I kiss his dirty shoe, and from the bottom of my heart I love the lovely boy. What is your name?

KING HENRY

50Harry le Roy.

KING HENRY

Harry le Roy.

PISTOL

Le Roy? A Cornish name. Art thou of Cornish crew?

PISTOL

Le Roy? That’s a Cornish name. Are you with a Cornish company?

KING HENRY

No, I am a Welshman.

KING HENRY

No, I am a Welshman.

PISTOL

Know’st thou Fluellen?

PISTOL

Do you know Fluellen?

KING HENRY

Yes.

KING HENRY

Yes.

PISTOL

55Tell him I’ll knock his leek about his pate
Upon Saint Davy’s day.

PISTOL

Tell him I’ll take the leek out of his hat on Saint Davy’s Day and slap his head with it.

KING HENRY

Do not you wear your dagger in your cap that day, lest he knock that about yours.

KING HENRY

You’d better not wear your dagger in your cap that day, or he might slap your head with it.

PISTOL

Art thou his friend?

PISTOL

Are you his friend?

KING HENRY

60And his kinsman too.

KING HENRY

Yes, and his relative, too.

PISTOL

The figo for thee then!

PISTOL

Then I’m giving you the finger.

KING HENRY

I thank you. God be with you.

KING HENRY

Thank you. God be with you.

PISTOL

My name is Pistol called.

PISTOL

My name is Pistol.
Exit
He exits.