Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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FALSTAFF

85Let me see them, I beseech you.

FALSTAFF

Let me see them, please.

SHALLOW

Where’s the roll? Where’s the roll? Where’s the roll? Let me
see, let me see, let me see. So, so, so, so, so. So, so. Yea,
marry, sir.—Rafe Mouldy!—Let them appear as I call, let
them do so, let them do so. Let me see, where is Mouldy?

SHALLOW

Where’s the list? Where’s the list? Where’s the list? Let’s see, let’s see, let’s see. Right, right. Yes, sir: Ralph Mouldy! Let them come when I call. Let them do that, let them do that. Let’s see. Where’s Mouldy?

MOULDY

90Here, an it please you.

MOULDY

Here, sir.

SHALLOW

What think you, Sir John? A good-limbed fellow; young,
strong, and of good friends.

SHALLOW

What do you think, Sir John? He’s got good muscles. Young, strong, and well-connected.

FALSTAFF

Is thy name Mouldy?

FALSTAFF

Are you Mouldy?

MOULDY

Yea, an ’t please you.

MOULDY

Yes, sir.

FALSTAFF

95'Tis the more time thou wert used.

FALSTAFF

Well then, it’s about time you were put to use.

SHALLOW

Ha, ha, ha, most excellent, i' faith! Things that are mouldy
lack use. Very singular good, in faith. Well said, Sir John,
very well said.

SHALLOW

Ha, ha, ha! Excellent, I swear! Things that don’t get used enough do indeed become moldy. Good one, I swear. Well said, Sir John, very well said.

FALSTAFF

Prick him.

FALSTAFF

MOULDY

100I was pricked well enough before, an you could have let me
alone. My old dame will be undone now for one to do her
husbandry and her drudgery. You need not to have pricked
me. There are other men fitter to go out than I.

MOULDY

I’ve already been

pricked

pricked = annoyed; “prick” is also slang for “penis”; Mouldy puns that he has already been supplied with one.

pricked
well enough, thanks. You could have left me alone. My old lady’s in trouble now: she won’t have anyone to do her husbandry or her housework. You didn’t have to prick me; there are

abler men

husbandry = farm work; a husband’s sexual duties

abler men
than me.

FALSTAFF

Go to. Peace, Mouldy. You shall go. Mouldy, it is time you were
105spent.

FALSTAFF

That’s enough; quiet, Mouldy. You’re going. Mouldy, it’s time you were put to use.

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