Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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wars, and whether I shall ever see thee again or no, there is
nobody cares.
you. You’re going off to war, and whether or not I ever see you again—well, who cares.
Enter FIRST DRAWER

FIRST DRAWER

Sir, Ancient Pistol’s below and would speak with
60you.

FIRST DRAWER

Sir, Ensign Pistol’s downstairs. He wants to talk with you.

DOLL TEARSHEET

Hang him, swaggering rascal! Let him not come hither. It is
the foul-mouthed’st rogue in England.

DOLL TEARSHEET

Let him drop dead, that hot-tempered jerk! Don’t let him in: he’s got the foulest mouth in England.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

If he swagger, let him not come here. No, by my faith, I must
live among my neighbors. I’ll no swaggerers: I am in good
65name and fame with the very best. Shut the door. There
comes no swaggerers here. I have not lived all this while to
have swaggering now. Shut the door, I pray you.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

If he’s going to make trouble, don’t let him in. No way; I have my neighbors to think about. I’ll have no troublemakers here. I’ve got my good reputation to watch out for. Shut the doors; no troublemakers are getting in here. I haven’t lived this long to have trouble now. Shut the doors, please.

FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear, hostess?

FALSTAFF

Do you hear, hostess?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Pray you pacify yourself, Sir John. There comes no swaggerers
70here.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Please, be quiet a second, Sir John. No troublemakers are coming in here.

FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear? It is mine ancient.

FALSTAFF

Didn’t you hear? It’s my ensign.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Tilly-vally, Sir John, ne'er tell me. And your ancient
swaggerer comes not in my doors. I was before Master
Tisick, the debuty t' other day, and, as he said to me—’twas
75no longer ago than Wednesday last, i' good faith—
“Neighbour Quickly,” says he—Master Dumb, our minister,
was by then—“Neighbour Quickly,” says he, “receive those
that are civil, for,” said he, “you are in an ill name.” Now he
said so, I can tell whereupon. “For,” says he, “you are an
80honest woman, and well thought on. Therefore take heed
what guests you receive. Receive,” says he, “no swaggering

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Oh fiddlesticks, Sir John, I don’t want to hear it. Your Ensign Troublemaker is not coming in here. I talked to Master Tisick, the deputy, the other day. And he said to me—it couldn’t have been longer ago than last Wednesday—“I swear, neighbor Quickly,” he said. (Master Dumbe, the minister, was here at the time.) “Neighbor Quickly,” he said, “only let in people who are well behaved, because,” he said, “your reputation is suffering.” He said that, and I’ll tell you why. “You’re an honest woman, and people think highly of

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