Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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They draw
They draw their swords.

BARDOLPH

By this sword, he that makes the first thrust, I’ll kill him. By this sword, I will.

BARDOLPH

By this sword, I’ll kill whichever one of you makes the first thrust. By this sword, I will.

PISTOL

90“Sword” is an oath, and oaths must have their course.

PISTOL

“By this sword” is an oath, and oaths must be kept.

BARDOLPH

Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, be friends; an thou wilt not, why then be enemies with me too. Prithee, put up.

BARDOLPH

Corporal Nym, if you want to be friends, be friends. If not, then you can be my enemy, too. Come on, put it away.

PISTOL

A noble shalt thou have, and present pay,
And liquor likewise will I give to thee,
95And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood.
I’ll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me.
Is not this just? For I shall subtler be
Unto the camp, and profits will accrue.
Give me thy hand.

PISTOL

I’ll give you a

noble

A noble is a coin worth slightly less than the eight shil lings he owes Nym.

noble
right now, and I’ll give you liquor, too, and friendship and brotherhood. I’ll live for Nym, and Nym will live for me. Is that fair? For I’ll be selling provisions to the troops, and there’ll be profits to go around. Give me your hand.

NYM

100I shall have my noble?

NYM

I’ll get my noble?

PISTOL

In cash, most justly paid.

PISTOL

In cash.

NYM

Well, then, that’s the humor of ’t.

NYM

Well, then, that’s how it is.
Enter HOSTESS
HOSTESS QUICKLY enters.

HOSTESS

As ever you come of women, come in quickly to Sir John. Ah, poor heart, he is so shaked of a burning quotidian tertian that it is most lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come to him.

HOSTESS QUICKLY

If you ever had a mother, come in quickly to Sir John. The poor thing, he is so shaken with a fever that it’s terrible to see. Sweet men, come to him.

NYM

The king hath run bad humors on the knight, that’s the even of it.

NYM

The king has done him a bad turn. That’s all there is to it.