Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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FALSTAFF

How? The Prince is a jack, a sneak-up. 'Sblood, an he were here, I would cudgel him like a dog if he would say so.

FALSTAFF

What? The Prince is a bastard, a sneak. Dammit, if he were here and said something like that, I’d beat him like a dog.
Enter PRINCE HENRY and PETO, marching, and FALSTAFF meets them laying on his truncheon like a fife
PRINCE HENRY and PETO enter, marching like soldiers. FALSTAFF joins them, pretending that his cudgel is a fife, or military flute.
How now, lad, is the wind in that door, i' faith? Must we all march?
Hey there, lad! Is that what’s happening? Are we all going to march?

BARDOLPH

80Yea, two and two, Newgate fashion.

BARDOLPH

Yes, side by side, like prisoners to the gallows.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

My lord, I pray you, hear me.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

My lord, please, listen to me.

PRINCE HENRY

What sayest thou, Mistress Quickly? How doth thy husband? I love him well; he is an honest man.

PRINCE HENRY

What is it, Mistress Quickly? How’s your husband? I think highly of him; he’s an honest man.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Good my lord, hear me.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

My lord, please listen to me.

FALSTAFF

85Prithee, let her alone, and list to me.

FALSTAFF

Forget about her, and listen to me.

PRINCE HENRY

What say’st thou, Jack?

PRINCE HENRY

What is it, Jack?

FALSTAFF

The other night I fell asleep here behind the arras, and had my pocket picked. This house is turned bawdy house; they pick pockets.

FALSTAFF

The other night I fell asleep here behind the arras and I had my pocket picked. This bar’s like a whorehouse: they pick your pockets.

PRINCE HENRY

90What didst thou lose, Jack?

PRINCE HENRY

What did you lose, Jack?

FALSTAFF

Wilt thou believe me, Hal, three or four bonds of forty pound apiece, and a seal ring of my grandfather’s.

FALSTAFF

Would you believe it, Hal? Three or four I.O.U.’s worth forty pounds each, and my grandfather’s sealing ring.

PRINCE HENRY

A trifle, some eightpenny matter.

PRINCE HENRY

Junk, not worth more than eight pennies.