Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

page Act 3 Scene 2 Page 8

Original Text

Modern Text

FEEBLE

I would Wart might have gone, sir.

FEEBLE

I wish Wart were going, sir.

FALSTAFF

145I would thou wert a man’s tailor, that thou mightst mend him
and make him fit to go. I cannot put him to a private soldier
that is the leader of so many thousands. Let that suffice, most
forcible Feeble.

FALSTAFF

And I wish you were a man’s tailor. You could have mended his clothes and made him fit to go. I can’t make him a private soldier when he’s already the leader of thousands—of lice, that is. But never mind, oh forcible Feeble.

FEEBLE

It shall suffice, sir.

FEEBLE

Never mind, sir.

FALSTAFF

150I am bound to thee, reverend Feeble.—Who is next?

FALSTAFF

I like you, good Feeble. Who’s next?

SHALLOW

Peter Bullcalf o' th' green.

SHALLOW

Peter Bullcalf from the village green!

FALSTAFF

Yea, marry, let’s see Bullcalf.

FALSTAFF

Oh yeah. Let’s see Bullcalf.

BULLCALF

Here, sir.

BULLCALF

Here, sir!

FALSTAFF

Fore God, a likely fellow. Come, prick me Bullcalf till he
155roar again.

FALSTAFF

My God! What a great man! Prick Bullcalf until he shouts again.

BULLCALF

O Lord, good my lord captain—

BULLCALF

Oh Lord! My lord, good Captain—

FALSTAFF

What, dost thou roar before thou art pricked?

FALSTAFF

What, you’re yelling before you’ve even been pricked?

BULLCALF

O Lord, sir, I am a diseased man.

BULLCALF

Oh Lord, sir! I’m a sick man.

FALSTAFF

What disease hast thou?

FALSTAFF

What disease do you have?

BULLCALF

160A whoreson cold, sir, a cough, sir, which I caught with
ringing in the King’s affairs upon his coronation day, sir.

BULLCALF

A nasty cold, sir. A cough, sir. I caught it when I was ringing the church bells in honor of the King’s coro-nation.

FALSTAFF

Come, thou shalt go to the wars in a gown. We will have
away thy cold, and I will take such order that my friends
shall ring for thee.— (to SHALLOW) Is here all?

FALSTAFF

Then you’ll go to war in a dressing gown. We’ll get rid of your cold, and I’ll give orders for some of my men to ring the bells for you while you’re away. (to SHALLOW) Is this everybody?

Henry IV Part 2: Popular pages