Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

Nell. Repent at idle times as thou mayest, and so, farewell. Thine by yea and no, which is as much as to say, as thou usest him, Jack Falstaff with my familiars, John with my brothers and sisters, and Sir John with all Europe.
(which is to say, in whatever way you feel like), I remain Jack Falstaff to my friends, John to my brothers and sisters, and Sir John to all Europe.”

POINS

115My lord, I’ll steep this letter in sack and make him eat it.

POINS

Sir, I’ll soak this letter in wine and shove it down his throat.

PRINCE HENRY

That’s to make him eat twenty of his words. But do you use
me thus, Ned? Must I marry your sister?

PRINCE HENRY

That would be making him eat twenty of his words. But are you taking advantage of me like he says, Ned? Must I marry your sister?

POINS

God send the wench no worse fortune! But I never said so.

POINS

It would be her lucky day if you did. But I never said that.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of
120the wise sit in the clouds and mock us. (to BARDOLPH) Is your
master here in London?

PRINCE HENRY

Well, we’re wasting time, and the angels in heaven are mocking us. (to BARDOLPH) Is your boss here in London?

BARDOLPH

Yea, my lord.

BARDOLPH

Yes, my lord.

PRINCE HENRY

Where sups he? Doth the old boar feed in the old frank?

PRINCE HENRY

Where’s he eating tonight? Is the old pig eating in the old sty?

BARDOLPH

At the old place, my lord, in Eastcheap.

BARDOLPH

At the old place, my lord. In Eastcheap.

PRINCE HENRY

125What company?

PRINCE HENRY

Who’s with him?

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Ephesians, my lord, of the old church.

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The usual old characters.

PRINCE HENRY

Sup any women with him?

PRINCE HENRY

Are any women eating with him?

PAGE

None, my lord, but old Mistress Quickly and Mistress Doll
Tearsheet.

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No women sir. Just old Mistress Quickly and Mistress Doll Tearsheet.