Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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PRINCE HENRY

See now whether pure fear and entire cowardice doth not
275make thee wrong this virtuous gentlewoman to close with
us. Is she of the wicked, is thine hostess here of the wicked,
or is thy boy of the wicked, or honest Bardolph, whose zeal
burns in his nose, of the wicked?

PRINCE HENRY

Now your absolute fear and utter cowardliness has made you wrong this good lady in order to make peace with us. Is she wicked? Is this hostess here wicked? Is your boy here wicked? Or honest Bardolph, whose piety burns in his face? Is he wicked?

POINS

Answer, thou dead elm, answer.

POINS

Answer, you withered old trunk, answer.

FALSTAFF

280The fiend hath pricked down Bardolph irrecoverable, and
his face is Lucifer’s privy kitchen, where he doth nothing but
roast malt-worms. For the boy, there is a good angel about
him, but the devil outbids him too.

FALSTAFF

The devil has marked Bardolph as long gone, and his face is Lucifer’s kitchen, where only drunks are served. As for the boy, he may have a good spirit on one shoulder, but the devil on the other is stronger.

PRINCE HENRY

For the women?

PRINCE HENRY

And the women?

FALSTAFF

285For one of them, she’s in hell already and burns poor souls.
For the other, I owe her money, and whether she be damned
for that I know not.

FALSTAFF

One of them is in hell already, where she gets poor souls hot. As for the other, I owe her money. If she’s damned for that, I have no idea.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

No, I warrant you.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

I’m not, I promise you that.

FALSTAFF

No, I think thou art not; I think thou art quit for that. Marry,
290there is another indictment upon thee for suffering flesh to
be eaten in thy house contrary to the law, for the which I
think thou wilt howl.

FALSTAFF

No, I think you’re not. I think you’ve been excused for that. But there’s another charge against you. You serve flesh in this place, and that’s against the law. You’re going to hell for that.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

All vitlars do so. What’s a joint of mutton or two in a whole
Lent?

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Everybody who serves food does that. What’s wrong with a bite or two of meat during Lent?

PRINCE HENRY

295You, gentlewoman.

PRINCE HENRY

You, good lady—

DOLL TEARSHEET

What says your Grace?

DOLL TEARSHEET

What is it, gracious sir?

FALSTAFF

His grace says that which his flesh rebels against.

FALSTAFF

He may speak to you graciously, but his body feels otherwise.

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