Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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KING HENRY
It sorts well with your fierceness.
KING HENRY
The name suits your fierceness.
Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER
FLUELLEN and GOWER enter.
GOWER
65Captain Fluellen.
GOWER
Captain Fluellen!
FLUELLEN
So. In the name of Jesu Christ, speak fewer. It is the greatest admiration in the universal world when the true and aunchient prerogatifes and laws of the wars is not kept. If you would take the pains but to examine the wars of Pompey the Great, you shall find, I warrant you, that there is no tiddle toddle nor pibble babble in Pompey’s camp. I warrant you, you shall find the ceremonies of the wars and the cares of it and the forms of it and the sobriety of it and the modesty of it to be otherwise.
FLUELLEN
In the name of Jesus Christ, keep it down! It never ceases to amaze me the way people ignore the correct, traditional principles and rules of war. If you would take the trouble to study the tactics of Pompey the Great, I can tell you that you would find no tittle-tattle or pibble-pabble in Pompey’s camp. I tell you, you would find the rituals of war and, I promise you, its ceremonies and its solicitudes and its forms and its gravity and its discipline all to be quite counter to all this noise.
GOWER
75Why, the enemy is loud. You hear him all night.
GOWER
But the enemy is loud. You can hear them all night long.
FLUELLEN
If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also, look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, in your own conscience, now?
FLUELLEN
And if the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating idiot, does that mean, you think, that we should also be an ass and a fool and a prating idiot? Think about it.
GOWER
80I will speak lower.
GOWER
I will lower my voice.
FLUELLEN
I pray you and beseech you that you will.
FLUELLEN
I’d be very glad if you would.
Exeunt GOWER and FLUELLEN
GOWER and FLUELLEN exit.
KING HENRY
Though it appear a little out of fashion,
There is much care and valor in this Welshman.
KING HENRY
Though he seems a little old-fashioned, there is much care and courage in this Welshman.
Enter three soldiers, John BATES, Alexander COURT, and Michael WILLIAMS
Three soldiers, John BATES, Alexander COURT, and Michael WILLIAMS, enter.