Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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KING HENRY
Then you are a better than the king.
KING HENRY
Then you’re a better man than the king.
PISTOL
45The king’s a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
A lad of life, an imp of fame,
Of parents good, of fist most valiant.
I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heartstring
I love the lovely bully. What is thy name?
PISTOL
The king’s a dear boy with a heart of gold, he’s a lively lad, a wag, born of fine parents, good with his fists. I kiss his dirty shoe, and from the bottom of my heart I love the lovely boy. What is your name?
KING HENRY
50Harry le Roy.
KING HENRY
Harry le Roy.
PISTOL
Le Roy? A Cornish name. Art thou of Cornish crew?
PISTOL
Le Roy? That’s a Cornish name. Are you with a Cornish company?
KING HENRY
No, I am a Welshman.
KING HENRY
No, I am a Welshman.
PISTOL
Know’st thou Fluellen?
PISTOL
Do you know Fluellen?
KING HENRY
Yes.
KING HENRY
Yes.
PISTOL
55Tell him I’ll knock his leek about his pate
Upon Saint Davy’s day.
PISTOL
Tell him I’ll take the leek out of his hat on Saint Davy’s Day and slap his head with it.
KING HENRY
Do not you wear your dagger in your cap that day, lest he knock that about yours.
KING HENRY
You’d better not wear your dagger in your cap that day, or he might slap your head with it.
PISTOL
Art thou his friend?
PISTOL
Are you his friend?
KING HENRY
60And his kinsman too.
KING HENRY
Yes, and his relative, too.
PISTOL
The figo for thee then!
PISTOL
Then I’m giving you the finger.
KING HENRY
I thank you. God be with you.
KING HENRY
Thank you. God be with you.
PISTOL
My name is Pistol called.
PISTOL
My name is Pistol.
Exit
He exits.