Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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SHALLOW

Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadst seen that that this knight
185and I have seen!—Ha, Sir John, said I well?

SHALLOW

Ha, cousin Silence, if only you’d seen what this knight and I have seen! Ha! Am I right, Sir John?

FALSTAFF

We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.

FALSTAFF

We’ve seen the clock strike midnight, Master Shallow.

SHALLOW

That we have, that we have, that we have. In faith, Sir John,
we have. Our watchword was “Hem, boys.” Come, let’s to
dinner; come, let’s to dinner. Jesus, the days that we have
190seen! Come, come.

SHALLOW

We sure have, we sure have, we sure have. I swear, Sir John, we sure have. Our slogan was “Down the hatch, boys!” Come, let’s have lunch, let’s have lunch. Jesus, the things we’ve seen! Come, come.
Exeunt FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, and SILENCE
FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, and SILENCE exit.

BULLCALF

Good Master Corporate Bardolph, stand my friend, and
here’s four Harry ten-shillings in French crowns for you. In
very truth, sir, I had as lief be hanged, sir, as go. And yet, for
mine own part, sir, I do not care, but rather because I am
195unwilling, and, for mine own part, have a desire to stay with
my friends. Else, sir, I did not care, for mine own part, so much.

BULLCALF

I’m telling you, sir, I’d just as soon be hanged as go fight. It’s not that I care about my well-being. It’s just that I’m not willing to go, and furthermore, I’d like to stay here with my friends. But really, I don’t care about myself.

BARDOLPH

Go to. Stand aside.

BARDOLPH

Whatever. Stand over there.

MOULDY

And, good Master Corporal Captain, for my old dame’s
sake, stand my friend. She has nobody to do anything about
200her when I am gone, and she is old and cannot help herself:
You shall have forty, sir.

MOULDY

And, good Master Corporal Captain, for my old lady’s sake, be my friend. She has nobody here to help her do anything once I’m gone. She’s old and can’t do much by herself. I’ll give you forty shillings, sir.

BARDOLPH

Go to. Stand aside.

BARDOLPH

Whatever. Stand over there.

FEEBLE

By my troth, I care not. A man can die but once. We owe God
a death. I’ll ne'er bear a base mind. An ’t be my destiny, so;
205an ’t be not, so. No man’s too good to serve ’s prince, and let
it go which way it will, he that dies this year is quit for the
next.

FEEBLE

I’ll tell you the truth: I don’t care one way or the other. You only die once, and we all owe God a death. I won’t do anything underhanded. If it’s my fate, it’s my fate. If not, not. No man is too good to serve his country. Whatever happens, happens. If you die this year, you’re paid up for next year.

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