Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

page Act 3 Scene 2 Page 7

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WART

125Yea, sir.

WART

Yup.

FALSTAFF

Thou art a very ragged wart.

FALSTAFF

You’re a pretty ragged wart.

SHALLOW

Shall I prick him down, Sir John?

SHALLOW

Should I prick him on the list, Sir John?

FALSTAFF

It were superfluous, for his apparel is built upon his back,
and the whole frame stands upon pins. Prick him no more.

FALSTAFF

Not necessary. For look: his clothing is just a bunch of pieces sewn together, and his whole body rests on legs as skinny as pins. He’s been pricked enough by pins and needles—don’t prick him anymore.

SHALLOW

130Ha, ha, ha. You can do it, sir, you can do it. I commend you
well.—Francis Feeble!

SHALLOW

Ha, ha, ha! You are funny, sir. You are funny. I’ve got to hand it to you. Francis Feeble!

FEEBLE

Here, sir.

FEEBLE

Here, sir.

FALSTAFF

What trade art thou, Feeble?

FALSTAFF

What kind of work do you do, Feeble?

FEEBLE

A woman’s tailor, sir.

FEEBLE

I’m a woman’s tailor, sir.

SHALLOW

135Shall I prick him, sir?

SHALLOW

Should I prick him, sir?

FALSTAFF

You may, but if he had been a man’s tailor, he’d ha' pricked
you.—Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy’s battle as
thou hast done in a woman’s petticoat?

FALSTAFF

You might as well. But if he had been a man’s tailor, he would have already pricked you with his pins. Will you make as many holes in the enemy’s armor as you have in women’s underwear?

FEEBLE

I will do my good will, sir. You can have no more.

FEEBLE

I’ll do my best, sir. I can’t do any more.

FALSTAFF

140Well said, good woman’s tailor, well said, courageous
Feeble. Thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most
magnanimous mouse.—Prick the woman’s tailor well,
Master Shallow, deep, Master Shallow.

FALSTAFF

Well said, good woman’s tailor! Well said, courageous Feeble! You’ll be as brave as the angriest dove or the most valiant mouse. Prick the woman’s tailor. A big one, Master Shallow; a deep one, Master Shallow.

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