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Dramatis Personæ.

Mr.

SIR John Falstaff.
Fenton.
Shallow, a Country Justice.
Slender, Coufin to Shallow.
Mr. Ford; } two Gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch Parson.
Dr. Caius, a French Doctor.
Host of the Garter.
Bardolph.
Pistol.
Nym.
Robin, Page to Falstaff.
William Page, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.
Simple, Servant to Slender.
Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Mrs. Page.
Mrs. Ford.
Mrs. Ann Page, Daughter to Mr. Page, in love with

Fenton.
Mrs. Quickly, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.

SCENE, Windsor ; and the Parts adjacent.

THE

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W I N D SO R.

A C T I. SCEN E I.

Before Page's House in Windsor.

Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans.

SHALLOW.

LIR Hugb, persuade me not. I will make a

Star Chamber matter of it. If he were twenty

Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, Esq.

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Slen. In the county of Gloucester, justice of peace, and Coram. Shal

. Ay, cousin Slender, and Custalorum-. Slen. Ay, and Rato-lorum too ; and a gentleman born," master parson, who writes himself Armigero in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation ; Armigero.

Shal. Ay, that I do, and have done any time these three hundred years.

Slen. All his fucceffors, gone before him, have don't; and all his ancestors that come after him, may; they may give the dozen white luces in their Coat.

Shal. It is an old Coat.

Eva. The dozen white lowses do become an old coat well; it agrees well, passant; it is a familiar beast to man, and fignifies love.

Sbal. 3 The luce is the fresh fish, the salt-fish is an old Coat.

Slen. I may quarter, coz.
Shal. You may by marrying.
Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it.
Shal. Not a whit,

Eva. Yes, per-lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures. But that is all one ; if Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements upon you, I am

fured, our Author finish'd in a gives Shallow folly enough,
Fortnight. But this must be makes him rather pedantick
meant onlý of the first imperfect than illiterate. If we read:
Sketch of this Comedy, an old . Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and
Quarto Edition whereof I have Cuftos Rotulorum.
feen, printed in 1602 ; which It follows naturally ;
says in the Title-page-As it Slen. Ay, and Ratulorum too.
haib been divers times acted both

$ The luce, &c.] I see no corbefore her Majeity and elje-wbere. fequence in this answer. Per.

Pópé. THEOBALD. haps we may read, the falt-fifh is 2 Cuffalorum.] This is, I fup- not an old coat. That is, the pose, intended for a corruption fresh-fijh is the coat of an ancient of Cuftos Rotulorum. The mif- family, and the falt-fill is the take was hardly designed by coat of a merchant

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rich the Author, who, though he by trading over the sea.

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of the Church, and would be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises between you.

Sbal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot.

Eva. It is not meet, the Council hear of a riot ; there is no fear of Got in a riot: the Council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot ; take your viza-ments in that.

Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.

Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it; and there is also another advice in my prain, which, peradventure, prings good discretions with it; there is Anne Page, + which is daughter to master George Page, which is pretty virginity.

Slen. Mistress Anne Page ? she has brown hair, and speaks small like a womans.

Eva. It is that ferry person for all the orld, as just as you will desire ; and seven hundred pounds of monies, and gold and silver, is her grandfire upon his death's-bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurrections) give, when she is able to overtake seventeen years old: it were a good motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between master Abraham and mistress Anne Page. :. Slen. Did her grandfire leave her seven hundred pounds ?

Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.

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which is Daughter to and is the true reading. He adMafter. Thomas Page.] The mires her for the sweetness of whole Set of Editions have neg- her voice. But the expression is ligently blunder'd one after an- highly humourous, as making other in Page's Chriftian Name her speaking small like a woman in this place; tho' Mrs. Page one of her marks of distinction; calls him George afterwards in at and the ambiguity of small, least six several Passages. which signifies little as well as

THEOBALD. low, makes the exprellion ftill 5 Speaks SMALL like a woman.) more pleasant. WARBURTON, This is from the Folio of 1623,

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