Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

page Act 2 Scene 1 Page 8

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GOWER

No; fifteen hundred foot, five hundred horse
Are marched up to my Lord of Lancaster
Against Northumberland and the Archbishop.

GOWER

No. Fifteen hundred infantrymen and five hundred horsemen are marching to meet Lord Lancaster, to fight against Northumberland and the Archbishop.

FALSTAFF

Comes the King back from Wales, my noble lord?

FALSTAFF

Is the King back from Wales, my noble lord?

CHIEF JUSTICE

150You shall have letters of me presently.
Come. Go along with me, good Master Gower.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I’ll give you some letters shortly. Come with me, Master Gower.

FALSTAFF

My lord!

FALSTAFF

Sir!

CHIEF JUSTICE

What’s the matter?

CHIEF JUSTICE

What’s the matter?

FALSTAFF

Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me to dinner?

FALSTAFF

Master Gower, would you like to join me for lunch?

GOWER

155I must wait upon my good lord here. I thank you, good Sir
John.

GOWER

I have to attend to this noble man right here. But thank you, Sir John.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, you loiter here too long, being you are to take
soldiers up in counties as you go.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, you’ve been loitering here too long. You have to recruit soldiers in the counties you pass through on your way north.

FALSTAFF

Will you sup with me, Master Gower?

FALSTAFF

Will you join me for supper, then, Master Gower?

CHIEF JUSTICE

160What foolish master taught you these manners, Sir John?

CHIEF JUSTICE

What foolish teacher taught you these manners, Sir John?

FALSTAFF

Master Gower, if they become me not, he was a fool that
taught them me.—This is the right fencing grace, my lord:
tap for tap, and so part fair.

FALSTAFF

Master Gower, if my

manners

Falstaff is referencing an earlier part of the scene, when the Chief Justice similarly ignored Falstaff.

manners
are inappropriate, I must have indeed been taught by a fool. That’s how the game is played—tit for tat, and game over.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Now the Lord lighten thee. Thou art a great fool.

CHIEF JUSTICE

God help you! You are a great fool.
Exeunt
They exit.

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