Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 7

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Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER
FLUELLEN and GOWER enter.

FLUELLEN

Kill the poys and the luggage! 'Tis expressly against the law of arms. 'Tis as arrant a piece of knavery, mark you now, as can be offert, in your conscience now, is it not?

FLUELLEN

To kill the boys with the luggage! It’s expressly against the rules of combat. It’s as complete a work of villainy as any that could be thought up. Tell me, don’t you think so?

GOWER

'Tis certain there’s not a boy left alive, and the cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done this slaughter. Besides, they have burned and carried away all that was in the king’s tent, wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every soldier to cut his prisoner’s throat. Oh, ’tis a gallant king!

GOWER

There’s certainly not a boy left alive, and it was done by the cowardly rascals who were running from the battle. On top of this, they’ve either burned or carried away everything that was in the king’s tent. So the king has quite rightly ordered that every prisoner’s throat be cut. Oh, he’s a gallant king!

FLUELLEN

10Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What call you the town’s name where Alexander the Pig was born?

FLUELLEN

Yes, he was born at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What is the name of the town where Alexander the

Pig

Fluellen pronounces p for b he means “big.”

Pig
was born?

GOWER

Alexander the Great.

GOWER

Alexander the Great.

FLUELLEN

Why, I pray you, is not “pig” great? The pig, or the great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the magnanimous are all one reckonings, save the phrase is a little variations.

FLUELLEN

And is “pig” not the same as “great,” may I ask? The pig or the mighty or the huge or the magnanimous—they all mean the same thing, with some variation.

GOWER

I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon. His father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.

GOWER

I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon. His father was Philip of Macedon, as I remember.

FLUELLEN

I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I tell you, Captain, if you look in the maps of the 'orld, I warrant you shall find, in the comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, look you, is both alike.

FLUELLEN

I think that Macedon is indeed where Alexander was born. I tell you, Captain, if you look at a map of the world, I’ll bet you will find, comparing Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, see, are very similar.