Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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Exeunt BARDOLPH and PAGE
BARDOLPH and the PAGE exit.
This Doll Tearsheet should be some road.

POINS

I warrant you, as common as the way between Saint Alban’s
and London.

POINS

Truly, she’s as well-traveled as the highway to London.

PRINCE HENRY

145How might we see Falstaff bestow himself tonight in his true
colors, and not ourselves be seen?

PRINCE HENRY

How can we see Falstaff behave like his true self tonight, and yet not be detected ourselves?

POINS

Put on two leathern jerkins and aprons, and wait upon him
at his table as drawers.

POINS

We’ll put on leather jackets and aprons and wait upon him as bartenders.

PRINCE HENRY

From a god to a bull: a heavy decension. It was Jove’s case.
150From a prince to a 'prentice: a low transformation that shall
be mine, for in everything the purpose must weigh with the
folly. Follow me, Ned.

PRINCE HENRY

Should a God disguise himself as a bull? That’s quite a degradation. Well,

Jove

The Roman god Jove disguised himself as a white bull to carry away the maiden Europa

Jove
did it. And should a prince disguise himself as an apprentice bartender and transform into something so lowly? Yes, I will: in every undertaking, the ends must match the means. Follow me, Ned.
Exeunt
They exit.

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