Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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70I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly
For the only she, And—pauca—there’s enough. Go to.
I won the former Mistress Quickly and I’ll keep her as my only wife, and—Damn it! That’s enough. Come on!
Enter the BOY
A BOY enters.

BOY

Mine host Pistol, you must come to my master and your hostess. He is very sick and would to bed.—Good Bardolph, put thy face between his sheets, and do the office of a warming-pan. Faith, he’s very ill.

BOY

My host Pistol, you must come to my master. You too, my hostess: he is very sick and should be put to bed. Bardolph, put your face between his sheets and act as a

warming pan

In Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, Bardolph’s face is described as flam ing red with acne.

warming pan
. Really, he’s very sick!

BARDOLPH

Away, you rogue!

BARDOLPH

Get out of here, you punk!

HOSTESS

By my troth, he’ll yield the crow a pudding one of these days. The king has killed his heart. Good husband, come home presently.

HOSTESS QUICKLY

I swear, he’ll be food for the crows soon. The king has broken his heart. Good husband, come home soon.
Exeunt HOSTESS and BOY
HOSTESS QUICKLY and BOY exit.

BARDOLPH

80Come, shall I make you two friends? We must to France together. Why the devil should we keep knives to cut one another’s throats?

BARDOLPH

Come on, can I get you two to make up? We have to go to France together: why should we cut each other’s throats?

PISTOL

Let floods o'erswell and fiends for food howl on!

PISTOL

Let rivers flood and fiends howl for food!

NYM

You’ll pay me the eight shillings I won of you at betting?

NYM

Are you going to pay the eight shillings I won from you in a bet?

PISTOL

85Base is the slave that pays.

PISTOL

Paying debts is for peasants.

NYM

That now I will have—that’s the humor of it.

NYM

I’m going to take it from you now. That’s how it is.

PISTOL

As manhood shall compound. Push home.

PISTOL

We’ll see, won’t we? Do your best.