Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

page Act 2 Scene 4 Page 5

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companions.” There comes none here. You would bless you
to hear what he said. No, I’ll no swaggerers.
you. So think about who you let in. Don’t let in,” he said, “any troublemakers.” And none are getting in. You’d be lucky if you heard what he said. No way, no troublemakers.

FALSTAFF

He’s no swaggerer, hostess, a tame cheater, i' faith. You may
85stroke him as gently as a puppy greyhound. He’ll not
swagger with a Barbary hen if her feathers turn back in any
show of resistance.—Call him up, drawer.

FALSTAFF

He’s not a troublemaker, hostess. He’s a harmless cheater; you can pet him like a little puppy. He wouldn’t even start a fight with a guinea-hen, if her feathers stood up in annoyance. Get him up here, drawer.
Exit FIRST DRAWER
FIRST DRAWER exits.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

“Cheater,” call you him? I will bar no honest man my house,
nor no cheater, but I do not love swaggering. By my troth,
90I am the worse when one says “swagger.” Feel, masters, how
I shake; look you, I warrant you.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

You call him a

cheater

Mistress Quickly misunderstands “cheater” as “escheator,” a type of royal treasury officer.

cheater
? I won’t keep an honest man out of this bar, so I won’t keep a cheater out, either.
But I don’t like troublemakers, I swear. I get sick when I hear the word, “troublemaker.” Feel, masters: I’m shaking. Look, I’m telling you.

DOLL TEARSHEET

So you do, hostess.

DOLL TEARSHEET

You are shaking.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Do I? Yea, in very truth, do I, an ’twere an aspen leaf. I
cannot abide swaggerers.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

I am?—I am! I swear, I’m shaking like a big tree leaf. I can’t stand troublemakers.
Enter PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE
PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE enter.

PISTOL

95God save you, Sir John.

PISTOL

Good to see you, Sir John!

FALSTAFF

Welcome, Ancient Pistol. Here, Pistol, I charge you with a
cup of sack. Do you discharge upon mine hostess.

FALSTAFF

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