Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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PRINCE HENRY

(to POINS) Would not this nave of a wheel have his ears cut off?

PRINCE HENRY

(to POINS) We should cut this fatso’s ears off.

POINS

215Let’s beat him before his whore.

POINS

Let’s beat him in front of his whore.

PRINCE HENRY

Look whe'er the withered elder hath not his poll clawed like
a parrot.

PRINCE HENRY

Look at that old

geezer

Possibly, Doll is playing with Falstaff’s hair.

geezer
having his head scratched like a parrot.

POINS

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive
performance?

POINS

Isn’t it odd that desire lasts so much longer than the ability to perform?

FALSTAFF

220Kiss me, Doll.

FALSTAFF

Kiss me, Doll.

PRINCE HENRY

Saturn and Venus this year in conjunction! What says th'
almanac to that?

PRINCE HENRY

Saturn and Venus

Saturn was the planet of old age, Venus the planet of love and desire.

Saturn and Venus
must be aligned this year! What do you think the astrological tables have to say about that?

POINS

And look whether the fiery trigon, his man, be not lisping to
his master’s old tables, his notebook, his counsel keeper.

POINS

And look. That fiery-faced Bardolph is whispering sweet nothings to Quickly, his master’s old confidante.

FALSTAFF

225 (to DOLL) Thou dost give me flattering busses.

FALSTAFF

(to DOLL) You flatter me with your kisses.

DOLL TEARSHEET

By my troth, I kiss thee with a most constant heart.

DOLL TEARSHEET

I swear, my kisses are heartfelt.

FALSTAFF

I am old, I am old.

FALSTAFF

I’m old. I’m old.

DOLL TEARSHEET

I love thee better than I love e'er a scurvy young boy of them
all.

DOLL TEARSHEET

I love you more than I could love any ridiculous young man in the world.

FALSTAFF

230What stuff wilt have a kirtle of? I shall receive money o'
Thursday; shalt have a cap tomorrow. A merry song! Come,
it grows late. We’ll to bed. Thou 'lt forget me when I am
gone.

FALSTAFF

What fabric do you want a new skirt made out of? I’ll get paid on Thursday, so you’ll get a new hat tomorrow. Let’s have a happy song. It’s getting late; let’s go to bed. You’ll forget me when I’m gone.

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