Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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CHIEF JUSTICE

You speak as having power to do wrong; but answer in th'
effect of your reputation, and satisfy this poor woman.

CHIEF JUSTICE

You talk as though you have permission to break the law. But act appropriately to your status: satisfy this poor woman.

FALSTAFF

Come hither, hostess.

FALSTAFF

Come here, hostess.
FALSTAFF takes MISTRESS QUICKLY aside
FALSTAFF takes MISTRESS QUICKLY aside.
Enter GOWER
GOWER enters.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Now, Master Gower, what news?

CHIEF JUSTICE

Master Gower, what’s going on?

GOWER

115The King, my lord, and Harry Prince of Wales
Are near at hand. The rest the paper tells.

GOWER

My lord, the King and Harry Prince of Wales are nearby. This letter will tell you the rest.

FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman!

FALSTAFF

On my honor.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Faith, you said so before.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Honestly, that’s what you said before.

FALSTAFF

As I am a gentleman. Come. No more words of it.

FALSTAFF

On my honor. Come, let’s not talk about it anymore.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

120By this heavenly ground I tread on, I must be fain to pawn
both my plate and the tapestry of my dining chambers.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

By heaven above and below, I’ll have to pawn my good china and the tapestries in my dining rooms.

FALSTAFF

Glasses, glasses, is the only drinking. And for thy walls, a
pretty slight drollery, or the story of the Prodigal or the
German hunting in waterwork is worth a thousand of these
125bed-hangers and these fly-bitten tapestries. Let it be ten
pound, if thou canst. Come, an ’twere not for thy humors,
there’s not a better wench in England. Go wash thy face, and
draw the action. Come, thou must not be in this humor with
me. Dost not know me? Come, come, I know thou wast set
130on to this.

FALSTAFF

It’s not such a big deal. Glass is the only good thing to drink out of anyway. And as for the

walls

The Biblical tale of the prodigal son, who wastes his inheritance before contritely returning to his father’s house, was a popular subject for wall decorations.

walls
, something pretty and comical—or a depiction of the prodigal son; or maybe one of those German hunting scenes, painted on the wall to look like a tapestry—why, those are worth a thousand of those bed curtains and moth-eaten tapestries.
Let me borrow just ten pounds, all right? Come on—other than your moodiness, you’re the best wench in England. Go wash your face and withdraw the lawsuit. Come on—don’t be this way with me. Don’t you know me? Come, come, I know somebody put you up to this.

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