Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

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He calls me e'en now, my lord, through a red lattice, and I
could discern no part of his face from the window. At last I
spied his eyes, and methought he had made two holes in the
70ale-wife’s new petticoat and so peeped through.

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Just now he called to me from behind a red window shade, and I couldn’t tell his face from the curtain! Finally I saw his eyes, and I thought he’d made two holes in a whore’s skirt and peeped through them!

PRINCE HENRY

Has not the boy profited?

PRINCE HENRY

This kid’s learned a lot from Falstaff, hasn’t he?

BARDOLPH

Away, you whoreson upright rabbit, away!

BARDOLPH

Get out of here, you little rabbit! Get out!

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Away, you rascally Althea’s dream, away!

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You get out, you rotten Althea’s dream!

PRINCE HENRY

Instruct us, boy. What dream, boy?

PRINCE HENRY

What dream, boy? Tell us.

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75Marry, my lord, Althea dreamt she was delivered of a
firebrand, and therefore I call him her dream.

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Sir, Althea dreamed she gave birth to a red-hot iron. That’s why I call him her dream; he’s all red in the face.

PRINCE HENRY

A crown’s worth of good interpretation. There ’tis, boy.

PRINCE HENRY

That joke’s worth a

crown

crown = kind of coin

crown
! Here you go, boy.

POINS

O, that this good blossom could be kept from cankers! Well,
there is sixpence to preserve thee.

POINS

I wish this wholesome little flower could be kept away from disease. Well, here’s a sixpence for you.

BARDOLPH

80An you do not make him hanged among you, the gallows
shall have wrong.

BARDOLPH

If between the three of you this boy doesn’t end up hanged, the gallows will be cheated.

PRINCE HENRY

And how doth thy master, Bardolph?

PRINCE HENRY

How’s your master Falstaff doing, Bardolph?

BARDOLPH

Well, my good lord. He heard of your Grace’s coming to
town. There’s a letter for you.

BARDOLPH

Fine, sir. He heard you were coming to town. Here’s a letter for you.

POINS

85Delivered with good respect. And how doth the Martlemas
your master?

POINS

Delivered very respectfully. How is that fattened calf, your boss?

BARDOLPH

In bodily health, sir.

BARDOLPH

His body’s healthy, sir.