No Fear Act 4 Scene 7
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KING HENRY

125What think you, Captain Fluellen, is it fit this soldier keep his oath?

KING HENRY

What do you say, Captain Fluellen? Should this soldier keep his oath?

FLUELLEN

He is a craven and a villain else, an ’t please your Majesty, in my conscience.

FLUELLEN

If I may say so, your Majesty, as I see it he would be a coward and a villain not to.

KING HENRY

It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.

KING HENRY

It may be that his antagonist is a gentleman of very high degree, quite outside of his own sphere.

FLUELLEN

Though he be as good a gentleman as the devil is, as Lucifer and Beelzebub himself, it is necessary, look your Grace, that he keep his vow and his oath. If he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as arrant a villain and a Jack Sauce as ever his black shoe trod upon God’s ground and His earth, in my conscience, la.

FLUELLEN

Even if he were as important a man as the devil—as Lucifer or Beelzebub himself—he’s required, see, your Grace, to keep his vow. If he backs down, he’ll become as notorious a villain and as saucy a Jack as ever walked on God’s earth, in my opinion.

KING HENRY

Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meet’st the fellow.

KING HENRY

Then keep your vow, fellow, when you meet the man.

WILLIAMS

So I will, my liege, as I live.

WILLIAMS

So I will, my liege. I swear on my life.

KING HENRY

Who serv’st thou under?

KING HENRY

Whom do you serve under?

WILLIAMS

140Under Captain Gower, my liege.

WILLIAMS

Under Captain Gower, my liege.

FLUELLEN

Gower is a good captain, and is good knowledge and literatured in the wars.

FLUELLEN

Gower is a good captain, and is well versed and well read in the wars.

KING HENRY

Call him hither to me, soldier.

KING HENRY

Have him come to me here, soldier.

WILLIAMS

I will, my liege.

WILLIAMS

I will, my liege.
Exit
He exits.