Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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POINS

Marry, the immortal part needs a physician, but that moves
not him. Though that be sick, it dies not.

POINS

That’s right, it’s just his immortal soul that needs a doctor. But he doesn’t care. His soul may be sick, but it won’t die.

PRINCE HENRY

90 (reads to himself) I do allow this wen to be as familiar with
me as my dog, and he holds his place, for look you how be
writes. (he hands the letter to POINS)

PRINCE HENRY

(reads to himself) I allow this wart to be as familiar with me as my dog, and he holds onto his privileged position. Listen to how he writes. (he hands the letter to POINS)

POINS

(reads) John Falstaff, knight. Every man must know that as
oft as he has occasion to name himself, even like those that
95are kin to the King, for they never prick their finger but they
say, “There’s some of the King’s blood spilt.” “How comes
that?” says he that takes upon him not to conceive. The
answer is as ready as a borrower’s cap: “I am the King’s
poor cousin, sir.”

POINS

(reads) “John Falstaff, knight”—he always throws that title around, every chance he gets. It’s like people who are related to the King: every time they get a tiny cut, they say, “Some of the King’s blood has been spilled.” Then someone pretends not to get it, and asks, “How do you mean?” The answer comes faster than a beggar can whip out his cap: “I’m the King’s poor relative.”

PRINCE HENRY

100Nay, they will be kin to us, or they will fetch it from Japheth. But to the letter. (takes the letter and reads) Sir John alstaff, knight, to the son of the King nearest his father, Harry Prince of Wales, greeting.

PRINCE HENRY

Right. They all say they’re related to us, even if they have to trace the family tree all the way back to Japhet, the common ancestor of all Europeans. But back to the letter. (takes the letter and reads) “Sir John Falstaff—knight to the son of the King, nearest to his father, Harry Prince of Wales—sends his greetings.”

POINS

Why, this is a certificate.

POINS

Listen to that. It sounds like a contract.

PRINCE HENRY

105Peace! (reads) I will imitate the honorable Romans in brevity.

PRINCE HENRY

Quiet! (reads) “I will copy the Romans in shortness.”

POINS

He sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.

POINS

He must mean shortness of breath, and wheezing.

PRINCE HENRY

(reads) I commend me to thee, I commend thee, and I leave thee. Be not too familiar with Poins, for he misuses thy favors so much that he swears thou art to marry his sister

PRINCE HENRY

(reads) “I salute myself, I salute you, and I’m done. Don’t get too close to Poins. He takes such rampant advantage of your kindness that he swears you will marry his sister Nell. Confess your sins when you have the time; and with that, farewell. Yours up and down

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