Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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SILENCE

Thereafter as they be, a score of good ewes may be worth ten
45pounds.

SILENCE

Depends on the quality. Twenty good ewes could be worth ten pounds.

SHALLOW

And is old Dooble dead?

SHALLOW

And old Double’s dead?

SILENCE

Here come two of Sir John Falstaff’s men, as I think.

SILENCE

Here come two of Sir John Falstaff’s men, I think.
Enter BARDOLPH and one with him
BARDOLPH and another man enter.

SHALLOW

Good morrow, honest gentlemen.
Good morning, gentlemen.

BARDOLPH

I beseech you, which is Justice Shallow?

BARDOLPH

If you don’t mind, which of you is Judge Shallow?

SHALLOW

50I am Robert Shallow, sir, a poor esquire of this county and
one of the King’s justices of the peace. What is your good
pleasure with me?

SHALLOW

I’m Robert Shallow, sir, a poor landowner in this county, and one of the King’s justices of the peace. How can I help you?

BARDOLPH

My captain, sir, commends him to you, my captain, Sir John
Falstaff, a tall gentleman, by heaven, and a most gallant
55leader.

BARDOLPH

My captain sends his regards. My captain, Sir John Falstaff. He’s a valiant gentleman, I swear, and a brave leader.

SHALLOW

He greets me well, sir. I knew him a good backsword man.
How doth the good knight? May I ask how my lady his wife
doth?

SHALLOW

It’s great to hear from him. I knew him to be a good fencer. How’s the good knight doing? And, if you don’t mind my asking, how’s his wife?

BARDOLPH

Sir, pardon. A soldier is better accommodated than with a
60wife.

BARDOLPH

I beg your pardon, sir. A soldier has no need for a wife; he is well enough accommodated.

SHALLOW

It is well said, in faith, sir, and it is well said indeed too.
“Better accommodated.” It is good, yea, indeed, is it. Good
phrases are surely, and ever were, very commendable.

SHALLOW

Well said, I swear, sir. Well said. “Well enough accommodated!” That’s good. That’s very good. Good turns

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