Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

page Act 3 Scene 2 Page 11

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BARDOLPH

Well said. Th' art a good fellow.

BARDOLPH

Well said. You’re a good man.

FEEBLE

Faith, I’ll bear no base mind.

FEEBLE

I’m telling you. I won’t do anything underhanded.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, and SILENCE
FALSTAFF, SHALLOW and SILENCE enter.

FALSTAFF

210Come, sir, which men shall I have?

FALSTAFF

All right, sir. Which men can I have?

SHALLOW

Four of which you please.

SHALLOW

Any four you choose.

BARDOLPH

Sir, a word with you. (aside to FALSTAFF) I have three pound
to free Mouldy and Bullcalf.

BARDOLPH

Sir, may I have a word with you? (whispers to FALSTAFF) I’ve gotten three pounds to free Mouldy and Bullcalf.

FALSTAFF

Go to, well.

FALSTAFF

No kidding. Great.

SHALLOW

215Come, Sir John, which four will you have?

SHALLOW

Come on, Sir John, which four do you want?

FALSTAFF

Do you choose for me.

FALSTAFF

You pick.

SHALLOW

Marry, then, Mouldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, and Shadow.

SHALLOW

All right, then. Mouldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, and Shadow.

FALSTAFF

Mouldy and Bullcalf! For you, Mouldy, stay at home till you
are past service.—And for your part, Bullcalf, grow till you
220come unto it. I will none of you.

FALSTAFF

Mouldy and Bullcalf. Mouldy, you stay home till you’re too old to fight. And as for you, Bullcalf, wait till you’ve reached fighting age. I don’t want either of you.
Exeunt MOULDY and BULLCALF
MOULDY and BULLCALF exit.

SHALLOW

Sir John, Sir John, do not yourself wrong. They are your
likeliest men, and I would have you served with the best.

SHALLOW

Sir John, Sir John. Don’t make a mistake. They’re the best men of the bunch, and I want you to have only the best.

FALSTAFF

Will you tell me, Master Shallow, how to choose a man?
Care I for the limb, the thews, the stature, bulk, and big
225assemblance of a man? Give me the spirit, Master Shallow.
Here’s Wart. You see what a ragged appearance it is. He shall

FALSTAFF

Master Shallow, are you going to tell me how to choose a soldier? Do you think I care about a man’s body,

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