Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Act 2 Scene 1

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Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY, with two officers; FANG with her and SNARE following
MISTRESS QUICKLY enters with Sheriff FANG. Deputy SNARE follows.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Master Fang, have you entered the action?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Master Fang, have you filed the lawsuit?

FANG

It is entered.

FANG

It’s filed.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Where’s your yeoman? Is ’t a lusty yeoman? Will a'
stand to ’t?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Where’s your deputy? Is he a strong deputy? Will he rise to the occasion?

FANG

5Sirrah! Where’s Snare?

FANG

Sirrah, where’s Snare?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

O Lord, ay, good Master Snare.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Oh my goodness! Master Snare!

SNARE

Here, here.

SNARE

Here, here.

FANG

Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.

FANG

Snare, we’ve got to arrest Sir John Falstaff.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Yea, good Master Snare, I have entered him and all.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Yes, good Master Snare. I’ve filed the suit against him and everything.

SNARE

10It may chance cost some of us our lives, for he will stab.

SNARE

It could cost some of us our lives: he’ll stab.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Alas the day, take heed of him. He stabbed me in mine own
house, and that most beastly, in good faith. He cares not what
mischief he does. If his weapon be out, he will foin like any
devil. He will spare neither man, woman, nor child.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Oh my goodness! Watch out for him: he stabbed me in my own house, and it was nasty. I swear, he doesn’t care what trouble he causes. Once he’s got his weapon out, he’ll thrust it like the devil. He won’t spare man, woman, or child.

FANG

15If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.

FANG

If I can get close to him, I won’t worry about his thrusting.

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