Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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FALSTAFF
All? I know not what you call all, but if I fought not with fifty of them I am a bunch of radish. If there were not two- or hree-and-fifty upon poor old Jack, then am I no two-legged creature.
FALSTAFF
All? I don’t know what you mean by “all.” But if I didn’t fight with fifty of them, I’m a bunch of radishes. If fifty-two or fifty-three of them didn’t attack me, then I’m no man.
PRINCE HENRY
170Pray God you have not murdered some of them.
PRINCE HENRY
I pray to God you didn’t kill any of them.
FALSTAFF
Nay, that’s past praying for. I have peppered two of them. Two I am sure I have paid, two rogues in buckram suits. I tell thee what, Hal, if I tell thee a lie, spit in my face, call me horse. Thou knowest my old ward. Here I lay, and thus I bore my point. Four rogues in buckram let drive at me.
FALSTAFF
Too late for praying now. I made things hot for two of them; two I’m sure I got, two thugs wearing clothes made of buckram cloth. I’ll tell you what, Hal: if I’m lying to you, spit in my face and call me a horse. You know my old fighting stance. Here’s how I stood, and here’s how I handled my sword. Four thugs in buckram came right at me—
PRINCE HENRY
What, four? Thou saidst but two even now.
PRINCE HENRY
What? Four? You said two a second ago.
FALSTAFF
Four, Hal, I told thee four.
FALSTAFF
Four, Hal. I said four.
POINS
Ay, ay, he said four.
POINS
That’s right. He said four.
FALSTAFF
These four came all afront, and mainly thrust at me. I made me no more ado, but took all their seven points in my target, thus.
FALSTAFF
These four threw everything they had right at me. I made no big fuss of it; I just put up my shield and all seven of their swords hit it.
PRINCE HENRY
Seven? Why there were but four even now.
PRINCE HENRY
Seven? But just now there were only four.
FALSTAFF
In buckram?
FALSTAFF
Wearing buckram?
POINS
Ay, four in buckram suits.
POINS
Yes. Four in clothes made of buckram.
FALSTAFF
185Seven, by these hilts, or I am a villain else.
FALSTAFF
Seven, I swear on my sword. If not, I’m a liar.
PRINCE HENRY
(aside to POINS ) Prithee, let him alone. We shall have more anon.
PRINCE HENRY
(to POINS , so no one else can hear) Leave him alone. There’ll be more in a minute.

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