Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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CHIEF JUSTICE

I sent for you, when there were matters against you for your
life, to come speak with me.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I sent for you to come speak with me. There were charges against you that might have earned you the death penalty.

FALSTAFF

120As I was then advised by my learned counsel in the laws of
this land-service, I did not come.

FALSTAFF

I was advised that, since I was working for the army at the time, I shouldn’t go.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Well, the truth is, Sir John, you live in great infamy.

CHIEF JUSTICE

The truth is, Sir John, that you are massively notorious.

FALSTAFF

He that buckles him in my belt cannot live in less.

FALSTAFF

Anybody who wears a belt this big couldn’t be anything less than massive.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Your means are very slender, and your waste is great.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Your bank account is thin, and yet you put it to huge waste.

FALSTAFF

125I would it were otherwise. I would my means were greater
and my waist slender.

FALSTAFF

I wish it were the other way around: that my bank account were huge and my waist were thin.

CHIEF JUSTICE

You have misled the youthful Prince.

CHIEF JUSTICE

You’ve misled the young Prince.

FALSTAFF

The young Prince hath misled me. I am the fellow with the
great belly, and he my dog.

FALSTAFF

The young Prince has misled me. I’m the man with the big belly, and he’s the dog who walks in front of me.

CHIEF JUSTICE

130Well, I am loath to gall a new-healed wound. Your day’s
service at Shrewsbury hath a little gilded over your night’s
your quiet o'erposting that action.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Well, I’d rather not open up a wound that’s just healed. The good work you did at Shrewsbury has made up a little for the bad thing you did at Gad’s Hill. You can thank the rebellion for helping you get away with that terrible deed.

FALSTAFF

My lord.

FALSTAFF

Really?

CHIEF JUSTICE

135But since all is well, keep it so. Wake not a sleeping wolf.

CHIEF JUSTICE

But since things are calm now, let’s keep them that way. We won’t wake a sleeping wolf.

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