Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 7

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ORLÉANS

What a wretched and peevish fellow is this king of England to mope with his fat-brained followers so far out of his knowledge.

ORLÉANS

What a miserable and obstinate fellow this king of England is, to blunder with his fat-headed followers so far beyond his capacity.

CONSTABLE

If the English had any apprehension, they would run away.

CONSTABLE

If the English had any sense, they would run away.

ORLÉANS

That they lack, for if their heads had any intellectual armor, they could never wear such heavy head-pieces.

ORLÉANS

Well, obviously they don’t. If there were anything inside their heads, they could never wear such heavy helmets.

RAMBURES

That island of England breeds very valiant creatures. Their mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.

RAMBURES

That island of England breeds very valiant creatures. Their hounds are unequaled in courage.

ORLÉANS

Foolish curs, that run winking into the mouth of a Russian bear and have their heads crushed like rotten apples. You may as well say, that’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

ORLÉANS

Foolish dogs, blindly running straight toward a Russian bear only to have their heads crushed like rotten apples. You might just as well say, “That’s a valiant flea that dares to eat its breakfast on the lip of a lion.”

CONSTABLE

125Just, just; and the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives. And then give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.

CONSTABLE

Yes, exactly. And the men resemble their English hounds in their loud, showy ferocity, too, leaving their brains behind with their wives. Give them hefty meals of beef and iron and steel, and they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.

ORLÉANS

Ay, but these English are shrewdly out of beef.

ORLÉANS

Yes, but these English are seriously short of beef.

CONSTABLE

130Then shall we find tomorrow they have only stomachs to eat and none to fight. Now is it time to arm. Come, shall we about it?

CONSTABLE

Then tomorrow we’ll find that they feel only like eating, not like fighting. It’s time to put our armor on. Shall we get started?

ORLÉANS

It is now two o'clock. But, let me see, by ten
We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.

ORLÉANS

It’s two o'clock now. But let me see, by ten we shall each have captured a hundred Englishmen.
Exeunt
They all exit.