Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 6

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Enter GOWER and FLUELLEN, meeting
GOWER and FLUELLEN enter from opposite sides of the stage.

GOWER

How now, Captain Fluellen? Come you from the bridge?

GOWER

Greetings, Captain Fluellen! Have you just come from the bridge?

FLUELLEN

I assure you, there is very excellent services committed at the bridge.

FLUELLEN

I assure you, there are some excellent military operations being carried out at the bridge.

GOWER

Is the duke of Exeter safe?

GOWER

Is the duke of Exeter safe?

FLUELLEN

5The duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as Agamemnon, and a man that I love and honor with my soul and my heart and my duty and my life and my living and my uttermost power. He is not, God be praised and blessed, any hurt in the world, but keeps the bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. There is an aunchient lieutenant there at the pridge. I think in my very conscience he is as valiant a man as Mark Antony, and he is a man of no estimation in the world, but I did see him do as gallant service.

FLUELLEN

The duke of Exeter is as courageous as

Agamemnon

Agamemnon was the leader of the Greek army in the Trojan War. Mark Antony fought Brutus for control of the Roman Empire.

Agamemnon
and a man whom I love and honor deeply, with my soul, and my heart, and my duty, and my life, and my livelihood, to the very utmost of my being. He is not—God be praised and blessed—hurt in any way but is holding the bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. There is a standard-bearer there at the bridge. I truly think he is as valiant a man as Mark Antony. He is a man of no rank or consequence, but I saw him fight as gallantly as though he were.

GOWER

What do you call him?

GOWER

What is his name?

FLUELLEN

15He is called Aunchient Pistol.

FLUELLEN

He is called Ensign Pistol.

GOWER

I know him not.

GOWER

I don’t know him.
Enter PISTOL
PISTOL enters.

FLUELLEN

Here is the man.

FLUELLEN

Here he is.