Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter PISTOL and HOSTESS
PISTOL and HOSTESS QUICKLY enter.

BARDOLPH

Here comes Ancient Pistol and his wife. Good corporal, be patient here.—How now, mine host Pistol?

BARDOLPH

Here comes Ensign Pistol and his wife. Be cool now, corporal.—How are you, Pistol, my good host?

PISTOL

25Base tyke, call’st thou me host?
Now, by this hand, I swear, I scorn the term,
Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.

PISTOL

You peasant dog, are you calling me a host? I swear, I scorn the word. My Nell isn’t going to be taking any lodgers.

HOSTESS

No, by my troth, not long, for we cannot lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen that live honestly by the prick of their needles but it will be thought we keep a bawdy house straight.

HOSTESS QUICKLY

No, not for long, that’s certain. For we couldn’t even put up a dozen or so nice girls who make an honest living sewing without our neighbors thinking we were running a brothel.
NYM and PISTOL draw
NYM and PISTOL draw their swords.
Oh, well-a-day, Lady! If he be not hewn now, we shall see willful adultery and murder committed.

BARDOLPH

Good lieutenant, good corporal, offer nothing here.
Good lieutenant, good corporal, don’t fight each other here.

NYM

35Pish!

NYM

Pish!

PISTOL

Pish for thee, Iceland dog,
Thou prick-eared cur of Iceland!

PISTOL

Pish to you, you mangy dog, you pointy-eared Icelandic mutt.

HOSTESS

Good Corporal Nym, show thy valor and put up your sword.

HOSTESS QUICKLY

Corporal Nym, be a man and put away your sword.

NYM

40Will you shog off? (to PISTOL) I would have you solus.

NYM

Get lost, will you? (to PISTOL) I’d like to get you

solus

Solus means “alone” in Latin.

solus
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