Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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FALSTAFF

Well, thou hast called her to a reckoning many a time and oft.

FALSTAFF

PRINCE HENRY

Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?

PRINCE HENRY

Did I ever ask you to pay for any of it?

FALSTAFF

45No, I’ll give thee thy due. Thou hast paid all there.

FALSTAFF

No. I’ve got to admit, you’ve settled with her all by yourself.

PRINCE HENRY

Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would stretch, and where it would not, I have used my credit.

PRINCE HENRY

And not just with her, but wherever my cash was good. And when I ran out, I switched to credit.

FALSTAFF

Yea, and so used it that were it not here apparent that thou art heir apparent—But I prithee, sweet wag, shall there be gallows standing in England when thou art king? And resolution thus fubbed as it is with the rusty curb of old father Antic the law? Do not thou, when thou art king, hang a thief.

FALSTAFF

And you’ve stretched that so far that if it weren’t “here apparent” that you’re the “heir apparent,” your credit wouldn’t be worth a thing. But listen, pretty boy. Will England still have hangmen when you’re king? And will a thief’s courage still be thwarted by that nasty old clown, the law? When you’re king, don’t hang thieves.

PRINCE HENRY

No, thou shalt.

PRINCE HENRY

No. You will.

FALSTAFF

Shall I? O rare! By the Lord, I’ll be a brave judge.

FALSTAFF

I will? Excellent! By God, I’ll be a great judge.

PRINCE HENRY

55Thou judgest false already: I mean thou shalt have the hanging of the thieves, and so become a rare hangman.

PRINCE HENRY

You’ve judged wrong already. I mean, you’ll be in charge of hanging thieves, and become a superb hangman.

FALSTAFF

Well, Hal, well, and in some sort it jumps with my humor as well as waiting in the court, I can tell you.

FALSTAFF

All right, Hal. I’ll tell you this: in a way, being a hangman agrees with me just as well as hanging around the court.

PRINCE HENRY

For obtaining of suits?

PRINCE HENRY

Waiting to get your

suits

suits = petitions

suits
granted?