Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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Enter the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE and SERVANT
The Lord CHIEF JUSTICE and his SERVANT enter.

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Sir, here comes the nobleman that committed the Prince for striking
50him about Bardolph.

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Sir, here comes the man who put the Prince in jail for hitting him during that argument about Bardolph.

FALSTAFF

Wait close. I will not see him.

FALSTAFF

Hide; I don’t want to talk to him.

CHIEF JUSTICE

What’s he that goes there?

CHIEF JUSTICE

Who is that man?

SERVANT

Falstaff, an ’t please your Lordship.

SERVANT

Falstaff, if it please you, sir.

CHIEF JUSTICE

He that was in question for the robbery?

CHIEF JUSTICE

The man who was a suspect in that robbery?

SERVANT

55He, my lord; but he hath since done good service at
Shrewsbury, and, as I hear, is now going with some charge to the Lord John of Lancaster.

SERVANT

That’s the one. But he did good work in the Battle of Shrewsbury, and I hear he’s taking some soldiers to help Lord John of Lancaster.

CHIEF JUSTICE

What, to York? Call him back again.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Where, to York? Tell him to come here.

SERVANT

Sir John Falstaff!

SERVANT

Sir John Falstaff!

FALSTAFF

Boy, tell him I am deaf.

FALSTAFF

Boy, tell him I’m deaf.

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60You must speak louder. My master is deaf.

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You have to speak up; my master is deaf.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I am sure he is, to the hearing of any thing good.—Go pluck
him by the elbow. I must speak with him.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I’m sure he is, when anything good’s being said. Go, tap him on the shoulder. I must speak with him.

SERVANT

Sir John!

SERVANT

Sir John!

FALSTAFF

What, a young knave and begging? Is there not wars? Is
65there not employment? Doth not the King lack subjects? Do
not the rebels need soldiers? Though it be a shame to be on
any side but one, it is worse shame to beg than to be on the

FALSTAFF

What? A young troublemaker? A beggar? Isn’t there a war on? Isn’t there work to do? Doesn’t the King need subjects? Don’t the rebels need soldiers? Though it’s shameful to be on any side but the King’s, it’s even more shameful to be an idle beggar than a soldier on

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