Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

page Act 2 Scene 1 Page 7

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MISTRESS QUICKLY

Pray thee, Sir John, let it be but twenty nobles. I' faith, I am
loath to pawn my plate, so God save me, la.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Please, Sir John, let’s call it

twenty nobles

noble = unit of currency; twenty nobles = approximately six pounds

twenty nobles
. I don’t want to have to pawn my china, in God’s name!

FALSTAFF

Let it alone. I’ll make other shift. You’ll be a fool still.

FALSTAFF

All right, forget it. I’ll figure something else out. You’ll always be a fool.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my gown. I hope
135you’ll come to supper. You’ll pay me all together?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

All right, I’ll lend it to you, even if I have to pawn my clothes. I hope you’ll have dinner here tonight. You’ll pay me the full amount then?

FALSTAFF

Will I live? (to BARDOLPH) Go with her, with her. Hook on,
hook on.

FALSTAFF

Will I live? (to BARDOLPH) Go, stick with her, stick with her. Don’t let her out of your sight.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Will you have Doll Tearsheet meet you at supper?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Do you want Doll Tearsheet to meet you at dinner?

FALSTAFF

No more words. Let’s have her.

FALSTAFF

No more talking. Let’s have her.
Exeunt MISTRESS QUICKLY, FANG, SNARE, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE
MISTRESS QUICKLY, BARDOLPH, the PAGE, FANG, and SNARE exit.

CHIEF JUSTICE

140I have heard better news.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I’ve heard better news.

FALSTAFF

What’s the news, my good lord?

FALSTAFF

What’s the news, my lord?

CHIEF JUSTICE

Where lay the King last night?

CHIEF JUSTICE

Where did the King spend last night?

GOWER

At Basingstoke, my lord.

GOWER

At Basingstoke, sir.

FALSTAFF

I hope, my lord, all’s well. What is the news, my lord?

FALSTAFF

I hope everything’s okay, sir. What’s the news?

CHIEF JUSTICE

145Come all his forces back?

CHIEF JUSTICE

And his armies have come back?

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