Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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FALSTAFF
Dost thou hear me, Hal?
FALSTAFF
Are you listening to me, Hal?
PRINCE HENRY
Ay, and mark thee too, Jack.
PRINCE HENRY
I’m listening, Jack.
FALSTAFF
190Do so, for it is worth the listening to. These nine in buckram that I told thee of—
FALSTAFF
Good, because it’s worth paying attention to. Anyway, these nine guys in buckram that I told you about—
PRINCE HENRY
So, two more already.
PRINCE HENRY
So, two more already.
FALSTAFF
Their points being broken—
FALSTAFF
Since their points were broken—
POINS
Down fell their hose.
POINS
FALSTAFF
195Began to give me ground, but I followed me close, came in foot and hand, and with a thought, seven of the eleven I paid.
FALSTAFF
They started to run away, but I followed them closely. And as quick as a thought, I finished off seven of the eleven.
PRINCE HENRY
O monstrous! Eleven buckram men grown out of two!
PRINCE HENRY
Unbelievable! Eleven buckram men have grown out of two!
FALSTAFF
But as the devil would have it, three misbegotten knaves in Kendal green came at my back, and let drive at me, for it was so dark, Hal, that thou couldst not see thy hand.
FALSTAFF
But as the devil would have it, three wretched bastards wearing green came from behind and ran right at me. It was so dark, Hal, that you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.
PRINCE HENRY
These lies are like their father that begets them, gross as a mountain, open, palpable. Why, thou claybrained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson, obscene, greasy tallow- catch—
PRINCE HENRY
These lies are like the man who tells them: huge as a mountain, obvious, and plain as day. You clay-brained fatso, you knuckleheaded fool, you son of a whore, you obscene tub of lard—
FALSTAFF
205What, art thou mad? Art thou mad? Is not the truth the truth?
FALSTAFF
What are you, crazy? Are you crazy? Isn’t the truth the truth?

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