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PRINCE HENRY

425I do, I will.

PRINCE HENRY

I do. I will.
Knocking within. Exeunt BARDOLPH, MISTRESS QUICKLY, and FRANCIS. Enter BARDOLPH, running
There are knocks from offstage. MISTRESS QUICKLY, FRANCIS, and BARDOLPH exit. BARDOLPH comes back, running.

BARDOLPH

O, my lord, my lord, the Sheriff with a most monstrous watch is at the door.

BARDOLPH

Oh sir, sir! The Sheriff and a frightening group of officers are at the door.

FALSTAFF

Out, you rogue.—Play out the play. I have much to say in the behalf of that Falstaff.

FALSTAFF

Wait, you ass! We’ll finish the play: I have much to say on behalf of that Falstaff.
Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY
MISTRESS QUICKLY enters.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

430O Jesu, my lord, my lord—

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Jesus! Sir, sir!

PRINCE HENRY

Heigh, heigh, the devil rides upon a fiddlestick. What’s the matter?

PRINCE HENRY

Well, look here! All this mess over nothing! What’s the matter?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

The Sheriff and all the watch are at the door. They are come to search the house. Shall I let them in?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

The Sheriff and the officers are at the door. They’ve come to search the place. Should I let them in?

FALSTAFF

435Dost thou hear, Hal? Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit. Thou art essentially made, without seeming so.

FALSTAFF

Do you hear that,

Hal?

This line is ambiguous; Falstaff may be saying that, though he seems to be a scoundrel, he is a really a good man, and therefore should not be turned over to the watch.

Hal?
Be careful about calling a piece of real gold a counterfeit; you are genuine, even though it may not seem so.