Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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PRINCE HENRY

You whoreson candle-mine, you how vilely did you speak of
me even now before this honest, virtuous, civil
255gentlewoman!

PRINCE HENRY

You son of a whore, you giant piece of candle wax, you said such horrible things about me just now, in front of this honest, upstanding and well-behaved lady.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

God’s blessing of your good heart, and so she is, by my troth.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

May God bless your good heart! She is all that, I swear.

FALSTAFF

Didst thou hear me?

FALSTAFF

Did you hear me?

PRINCE HENRY

Yea, and you knew me, as you did when you ran away by
Gad’s Hill. You knew I was at your back, and spoke it on
260purpose to try my patience.

PRINCE HENRY

Yes. And you knew I was there, right? It’s just like when you ran away at

Gad’s Hill

The incident at Gad’s Hill occurs in Act Two of Henry IV, Part One.

Gad’s Hill
: you knew I was the one who beat you, and you made up some story just to irritate me.

FALSTAFF

No, no, no; not so. I did not think thou wast within hearing.

FALSTAFF

No, no, no. Not at all. I had no idea you were there.

PRINCE HENRY

I shall drive you, then, to confess the wilfull abuse, and then
I know how to handle you.

PRINCE HENRY

Then I’m going to make you confess that you deliberately slandered me. And then I’ll know what to do next.

FALSTAFF

No abuse, Hal, o' mine honor, no abuse.

FALSTAFF

No slander, Hal. On my honor, no slander.

PRINCE HENRY

265Not to dispraise me and call me pantier and bread-chipper
and I know not what?

PRINCE HENRY

No? To malign me, and call me a pantry servant and a bread-trimmer, and I don’t know what else?

FALSTAFF

No abuse, Hal.

FALSTAFF

No slander, Hal.

POINS

No abuse?

POINS

No slander?

FALSTAFF

No abuse, Ned, i' th' world, honest Ned, none. I dispraised
270him before the wicked, that the wicked might not fall in love
with thee; in which doing, I have done the part of a careful
friend and a true subject, and thy father is to give me thanks
for it. No abuse, Hal.—None, Ned, none. No, faith, boys, none.

FALSTAFF

No slander, Ned, in the world, honest Ned, none. I maligned him only to the wicked, so that the wicked wouldn’t fall in love with him. And by doing that, I’ve acted like a good friend and loyal subject, and your father should thank me for it. No slander, Hal, none, Ned. No, truly boys, none.

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