Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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PRINCE HENRY

45It would be every man’s thought, and thou art a blessed
fellow to think as every man thinks. Never a man’s thought
in the world keeps the roadway better than thine. Every man
would think me an hypocrite indeed. And what accites your
most worshipful thought to think so?

PRINCE HENRY

That’s what everyone would be thinking. And what’s great about you is that you think just the way everyone else does: nobody sticks to popular opinion quite as well as you. Everyone would think I was a hypocrite, indeed. And, your honor, what makes you think that?

POINS

50Why, because you have been so lewd and so much engraffed
to Falstaff.

POINS

Because you’ve behaved so badly, and because you’re so attached to Falstaff.

PRINCE HENRY

And to thee.

PRINCE HENRY

And to you.

POINS

By this light, I am well spoke on. I can hear it with my own
ears. The worst that they can say of me is that I am a second
55brother, and that I am a proper fellow of my hands; and those
two things, I confess, I cannot help. By the Mass, here comes
Bardolph.

POINS

Honestly, people think highly of me; I hear their praises with my own ears. The worst thing they can say about me is that, as a younger brother, I’ve had no inheritance from my family, and that I’m a good fighter. And I can’t help either of those things. By God, here comes Bardolph.
Enter BARDOLPH and the PAGE
BARDOLPH and the PAGE enter.

PRINCE HENRY

And the boy that I gave Falstaff. He had him from me
Christian, and look if the fat villain have not transformed
60him ape.

PRINCE HENRY

BARDOLPH

God save your Grace.

BARDOLPH

God save your grace!

PRINCE HENRY

And yours, most noble Bardolph.

PRINCE HENRY

And yours, most noble Bardolph!

POINS

(to BARDOLPH) Come, you virtuous ass, you bashful fool,
must you be blushing? Wherefore blush you now? What a
65maidenly man-at-arms are you become! Is ’t such a matter
to get a pottle-pot’s maidenhead?

POINS

(to BARDOLPH) Come on, you principled ass, you timid fool! Why are you blushing? What a womanly solider you are! Is it that big a deal to deflower a two-quart

tankard of ale

Poins and the page are joking about Bardolph’s face, which is red from drinking.

tankard of ale
?

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