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PRINCE HENRY

370What manner of man, an it like your Majesty?

PRINCE HENRY

What kind of man, your highness?

FALSTAFF

A goodly portly man, i' faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage, and, as I think, his age some fifty, or, by 'r Lady, inclining to three score; and now I remember me, his name is Falstaff. If that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me, for, Harry, I see virtue in his looks. If then the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree, then peremptorily I speak it: there is virtue in that Falstaff; him keep with, the rest banish. And tell me now, thou naughty varlet, tell me, where hast thou been this month?

FALSTAFF

A stout man, truly; and overweight. He has a cheerful expression, a handsome look, and a noble bearing. I think he is about fifty years old, or perhaps closer to sixty. Now I remember! His name is Falstaff. If that man has a bad character, then I have been fooled. Harry, I see goodness in him. If one can tell a tree by its fruit, and a fruit by its tree, then let me come right out and say this: there is goodness in that Falstaff. Stay with him, but get rid of everyone else. Now tell me, you naughty boy, tell me; where have you been for the past month?

PRINCE HENRY

Dost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand for me, and I’ll play my father.

PRINCE HENRY

You think you sound like a king? You play me, and I’ll play my father.

FALSTAFF

Depose me? If thou dost it half so gravely, so majestically, both in word and matter, hang me up by the heels for a rabbit- sucker or a poulter’s hare.

FALSTAFF

You’re overthrowing me? If you play him even half as well as I did, half as majestically, then hang me up like a rabbit for sale in a butcher shop.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, here I am set.

PRINCE HENRY

I’m all set.

FALSTAFF

And here I stand. — (to the others) Judge, my masters.

FALSTAFF

As am I. (to the others) Judge us, everyone.

PRINCE HENRY

Now, Harry, whence come you?

PRINCE HENRY

Now, Harry, where are you coming from?

FALSTAFF

My noble lord, from Eastcheap.

FALSTAFF

From Eastcheap, my noble lord.

PRINCE HENRY

390The complaints I hear of thee are grievous.

PRINCE HENRY

The complaints I have heard about you are very serious.