Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 8

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Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS
GOWER and WILLIAMS enter.

WILLIAMS

I warrant it is to knight you, Captain.

WILLIAMS

I’m sure it is to knight you, Captain.
Enter FLUELLEN
FLUELLEN enters, wearing WILLIAMS’s glove.

FLUELLEN

God’s will and His pleasure, Captain, I beseech you now, come apace to the king. There is more good toward you peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.

FLUELLEN

As it is God’s will and pleasure, Captain, I entreat you to come quickly to the king. There is more good fortune in store for you than you could ever imagine.

WILLIAMS

5Sir, know you this glove?

WILLIAMS

Sir, do you recognize this glove?

FLUELLEN

Know the glove! I know the glove is a glove.

FLUELLEN

Know the glove! I know the glove is a glove.

WILLIAMS

I know this, and thus I challenge it. (strikes him)

WILLIAMS

Well, I recognize this one (indicates the glove FLUELLEN wears in his cap), and I hereby challenge you. (strikes him)

FLUELLEN

'Sblood, an arrant traitor as any ’s in the universal world, or in France, or in England!

FLUELLEN

Good God! As absolute a traitor as any in the whole entire world—or even France or England!

GOWER

10How now, sir? You villain!

GOWER

What is this, you villain!

WILLIAMS

Do you think I’ll be forsworn?

WILLIAMS

Do you think I’d break my oath?

FLUELLEN

Stand away, Captain Gower. I will give treason his payment into plows, I warrant you.

FLUELLEN

Stand aside, Captain Gower. I’ll reward treason with blows, I promise you.

WILLIAMS

I am no traitor.

WILLIAMS

I’m not a traitor.

FLUELLEN

15That’s a lie in thy throat.—I charge you in his Majesty’s name, apprehend him. He’s a friend of the Duke Alençon’s.

FLUELLEN

An infamous lie! I accuse you in the name of the king. Arrest him: he’s a friend of the duke of Alençon’s.