Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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FALSTAFF

Where is it? Taken from us it is. A hundred upon poor four of us.

FALSTAFF

Where is it? It was stolen from us. A hundred men against only four of us.

PRINCE HENRY

145What, a hundred, man?

PRINCE HENRY

What, a hundred, man?

FALSTAFF

I am a rogue if I were not at half-sword with a dozen of them two hours together. I have ’scaped by miracle. I am eight times thrust through the doublet, four through the hose, my buckler cut through and through, my sword hacked like a handsaw. Ecce signum! I never dealt better since I was a man. All would not do. A plague of all cowards! (points to GADSHILL, PETO and BARDOLPH ) Let them speak. If they speak more or less than truth, they are villains, and the sons of darkness.

FALSTAFF

I’ll be damned if I didn’t fight with a dozen of them for two straight hours. It’s a miracle I managed to get away. They stabbed through my shirt eight times. Four through my pants. My shield’s got holes through and through. My sword’s as cut up as a hacksaw. Behold the evidence! It was the best fighting I’ve ever done, but even my all wasn’t enough. A curse on all cowards! (points to GADSHILL, PETO and BARDOLPH) Ask these men. If they don’t tell you the whole truth, they’re liars and devils.

PRINCE HENRY

155Speak, sirs, how was it?

PRINCE HENRY

Tell us, men. What happened?

GADSHILL

We four set upon some dozen.

GADSHILL

The four of us jumped about a dozen—

FALSTAFF

Sixteen at least, my lord.

FALSTAFF

Sixteen at least, my lord.

BARDOLPH

And bound them.

GADSHILL

And tied them up.

PETO

No, no, they were not bound.

PETO

No, no. We didn’t tie them up.

FALSTAFF

160You rogue, they were bound, every man of them, or I am a
Jew else, an Ebrew Jew.

FALSTAFF

You jerk, we did tie them up, every single one of them, or I’m a Jew, a true Hebrew Jew.

GADSHILL

As we were sharing, some six or seven fresh men set upon us.

GADSHILL

Then, when we were dividing the money, about six or seven other men jumped us—

FALSTAFF

And unbound the rest, and then come in the other.

FALSTAFF

And untied the rest, and then all the others showed up.

PRINCE HENRY

165What, fought you with them all?

PRINCE HENRY

What, you fought with all of them?