Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Act 2 Scene 4

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Enter two DRAWERS
Two DRAWERS enter.

FRANCIS

What the devil hast thou brought there—applejohns? Thou
knowest Sir John cannot endure an applejohn.

FRANCIS

What the hell have you got there?

Apple johns

apple johns = a variety of apple, eaten once the fruit is shriveled

Apple johns
? You know Sir John can’t stand apple johns.

SECOND DRAWER

Mass, thou sayest true. The Prince once set a dish of
applejohns before him and told him there were five more Sir
5Johns and, putting off his hat, said “I will now take my leave
of these six dry, round, old, withered knights.” It angered
him to the heart. But he hath forgot that.

SECOND DRAWER

Damn, you’re right. One day the Prince put a plate of apple-johns in front of Falstaff and said, “Here are five more Sir Johns.” Then the Prince took off his hat and said, “I’m now going to bid farewell to these six dry, round, old, withered knights.” It angered Sir John deeply, but he got over it.

FRANCIS

Why then, cover, and set them down, and see if thou canst
find out Sneak’s noise. Mistress Tearsheet would fain hear
10some music.

FRANCIS

Well then, put the table cloth on and set the dish down. Go see if you can find Sneak’s band of musicians. Mistress Tearsheet wants to hear some music.
Enter THIRD DRAWER
Enter THIRD DRAWER

THIRD DRAWER

Dispatch: the room where they supped is too hot. They’ll
come in straight.

THIRD DRAWER

Hurry! The room they ate in was too hot, and they’ll be here any minute.

FRANCIS

Sirrah, here will be the Prince and Master Poins anon, and
they will put on two of our jerkins and aprons, and Sir John
15must not know of it. Bardolph hath brought word.

FRANCIS

Sirrah, the Prince and Poins will be here soon. They’re going to put on a couple of our jackets and aprons. Sir John can’t know it’s them. Bardolph came and told me.

THIRD DRAWER

By the Mass, here will be old utis. It will be an excellent
stratagem.

THIRD DRAWER

Well, there’s going to be hilarity here! What a great scheme!

SECOND DRAWER

I’ll see if I can find out Sneak.

SECOND DRAWER

I’ll see if I can find Sneak.
FRANCIS and THE DRAWERS exit
The DRAWERS exit.

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