Original Text

Modern Text

PRINCE HENRY

And thou a natural coward without instinct.

PRINCE HENRY

And you are a genuine coward, with no instinct.

FALSTAFF

I deny your major. If you will deny the Sheriff, so; if not, let him enter. If I become not a cart as well as another man, a plague on my bringing up. I hope I shall as soon be strangled with a halter as another.

FALSTAFF

I deny that. And if you’ll deny the Sheriff, then please do; otherwise, let him in. If I don’t look as good on the

hangman’s cart

arras = tapestry hung on a wall

hangman’s cart
as any other man, then a curse on my upbringing. I’m as willing to be hanged as any man.

PRINCE HENRY

Go, hide thee behind the arras. The rest walk up above.—
Now, my masters, for a true face and good conscience.

PRINCE HENRY

Go, hide behind the arras. The rest of you, go upstairs. Now, my men. Here’s wishing for an honest face and a clear conscience.

FALSTAFF

Both which I have had, but their date is out; and therefore I’ll hide me. (he hides behind the arras)

FALSTAFF

I’ve had both of those, but their shelf-life has expired. I’d better hide. (he hides behind the arras)
Exeunt all but PRINCE HENRY and PETO
Everyone except for PRINCE HENRY and PETO exits.

PRINCE HENRY

Call in the Sheriff.

PRINCE HENRY

Call in the Sheriff.
Enter SHERIFF and the CARRIER
The SHERIFF and a CARRIER enter.
Now, Master Sheriff, what is your will with me?
Now, Sheriff, what is it you want from me?

SHERIFF

First pardon me, my lord. A hue and cry
Hath followed certain men unto this house.

SHERIFF

First, please forgive me, my lord. A group of citizens followed some criminals into this bar.

PRINCE HENRY

450What men?

PRINCE HENRY

What men?

SHERIFF

One of them is well known, my gracious lord,
A gross fat man.

SHERIFF

One of them is well known, my gracious lord. A huge, fat man.