Henry IV, Part 1

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
No Fear Act 2 Scene 1 Page 3

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SECOND CARRIER

Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thee. Come, neighbour Mugs, we’ll call up the gentlemen. They will along with company, for they have great charge.

SECOND CARRIER

At a reasonable enough time. (to FIRST CARRIER) Come on, Mugs, old friend. Let’s wake up the gentlemen. They want to travel in a group because they’re carrying a lot of valuables.
Exeunt CARRIERS
Both CARRIERS exit.

GADSHILL

What ho, chamberlain!

GADSHILL

CHAMBERLAIN

(within) At hand, quoth pickpurse.

CHAMBERLAIN

GADSHILL

That’s even as fair as “at hand, quoth the Chamberlain,” for thou variest no more from picking of purses than giving direction doth from laboring: thou layest the plot how.

GADSHILL

That’s as good as saying, “‚I’m there for you,' said the chamberlain.” You’re only as different from a pickpocket as a supervisor is from a worker; you’re the one who sets the plans.
Enter CHAMBERLAIN
The CHAMBERLAIN enters.

CHAMBERLAIN

Good morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds current that I told you yesternight: there’s a franklin in the Wild of Kent hath brought three hundred marks with him in gold. I heard him tell it to one of his company last night at supper—a kind of auditor, one that hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. They are up already and call for eggs and butter. They will away presently.

CHAMBERLAIN

Morning, Mr. Gadshill. What I told you last night is still true. There’s a rich landowner all the way from Kent staying here, and he’s got three hundred gold coins with him. I heard him say so to a man at supper last night. That man’s some kind of tax collector, and he has plenty of money with him, too. They just woke up and they’ve ordered breakfast; they’ll be leaving soon.

GADSHILL

Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas' clerks, I’ll give thee this neck.

GADSHILL

Sirrah, if they don’t run into some highway robbers today, you can have my neck.