Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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Knocking within
Knocking is heard offstage.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Who knocks so loud at door? Look to th' door there, Francis.

MISTRESS QUICKLY

Who’s knocking so loudly on the door? Francis, go see.
Enter PETO
PETO enters.

PRINCE HENRY

Peto, how now, what news?

PRINCE HENRY

Peto, how are you? What’s going on?

PETO

300The King your father is at Westminster,
And there are twenty weak and wearied posts
Come from the north, and as I came along
I met and overtook a dozen captains,
Bareheaded, sweating, knocking at the taverns
305And asking everyone for Sir John Falstaff.

PETO

Your father the King is in Westminster. Twenty exhausted messengers have arrived from the north. And, on my way here, I met a dozen captains, hustling and working hard, knocking on the door of every tavern and searching for Sir John Falstaff.

PRINCE HENRY

By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame
So idly to profane the precious time
When tempest of commotion, like the south
Borne with black vapour, doth begin to melt
310And drop upon our bare unarmèd heads.—
Give me my sword and cloak.—Falstaff, good night.

PRINCE HENRY

My God, Poins, I feel terrible wasting precious time on this idleness when a huge black storm is brewing, soon to open up on our bare, vulnerable heads. Give me my coat and my sword. Good night, Falstaff.
Exeunt PRINCE HENRY, POINS, PETO and BARDOLPH
PRINCE HENRY, POINS, PETO, and BARDOLPH exit.

FALSTAFF

Now comes in the sweetest morsel of the night, and we must hence and leave it unpicked.

FALSTAFF

Now’s the sweetest part of the night, and we have to leave without enjoying it.
Knocking within
Knocking is heard offstage.
More knocking at the door?
More knocking!
Enter BARDOLPH
BARDOLPH enters.
How now, what’s the matter?
What’s going on? What’s the matter?

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