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SCENE VÍ.

To him, Enter Page, Shallow, Slender, Hoft, Evans,

and Caius.

with me.

Shal. Page, &c. Well met, Mr. Ford.

Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good cheer at home, and, I pray you,

all

go Shal. I must excuse myself, Mr. Ford.

Slen. And so muft I, Sir; we have appointed to dine with Mrs. Anne, and I would not break with her for more mony than I'll speak of.

Shal. + We have linger'd about a match between Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day we Thall have our answer. Slen. I hope, I have your good will

, father Page. Page. You have, Mr. Slender; I stand wholly for you; but my wife, master Doctor, is for you altogether.

Caius. Ay, by gar, and de maid is love-a-me; my nursh-a-Quickly tell me so mush.

Hoft. What say you to young Mr. Fenton ? he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks holy-day”, he smells April and May; he will carry't, he will carry't; ’tis in his buttons; he will carry't.

Page. Not by my confent, I promise you. The Gentleman is of no having o, he kept compairy with the

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4 We have linger'd-] They were turgid and bombaft, on have not lingered very long. The holy-days. So in Much ade atout match was proposed by Sir Hugh nothing, I cannot woo in fe. but the day before.

stival terms.

And again in the he writes verses, he Merchant of Venice, - ibon speaks holy-day,] i. e. in a high- Spend's such high-day wit in praifa down, fufian lile. It was called ing him. WARBURTON. a holy-day fiile, from the old cu

of n9 Having,] Hase ftom of acting their Farces of ing is the same as eftate or for the mysteries and moralities, which tune.

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wild Prince and Poins. He is of too high a region, he knows too much. No, he shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance. If he take her, let him take her fimply; the wealth I have waits on my consent, and my consent goes not that way.

Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go home with me to dinner; besides your cheer, you shall have sport; I will thew you a monster. Mr. Doctor, you thall go ; so fhall you, Mr. Page; and you, Sir Hugh.

Shal. Well, fare you well, we shall have the freer wooing at Mr. Page's

. Caius. Go home, John Rugby, I come anon.

Host. Farewel, my hearts; I will to my honest Knight Falstaff, and drink Canary with him.

Ford. [Aside.] I think, I shall drink in Pipe-wine first with him: I'll make him dance. Will you go, gentles?

All. Hare with you, to see this monster. [Exeunt.

S CE N E VII.

Changes to Ford's House.

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Enter Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Page, and Servants with a

basket. Mrs. Ferd. U THAT, John! what, Robert!

Mrs. Page. Quickly, quickly: is the buck-baiker

Mrs. Ford. I warrant. What, Robin, I say.
Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.
Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down.

Mrs. Page. Give your men the charge, we must be brief.

Mrs. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John and Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew-house, and when I suddenly call on you, come forth, and without

any pause or staggering take this basket on your shoulders; that done, trudge with it in all haste, and carry it among the whitfters in Datchet-Mead, and there empty it in the muddy ditch close by the Thames lide.

Mrs. Page. You will do it?

Mrs. Ford. I ha' told them over and over ; they lack no direction. Be gone, and come when you are call'd.

[Exeunt Servants. Mrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

true to us!

Enter Robin. Mrs. Ford. How now, my Eyas-musket', what news with you?

Rob. My master Sir John is come in at your backdoor, mitress Ford, and requests your company.

Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent, have you been

Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn: my master knows not of your being here, and hath threaten’d to put me into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of it; for he swears, he'll turn me away.

Mrs. Page. Thou’rt a good boy; this secrecy of thine shall be a tailor to thee, and thall make thee a new doublet and hose. I'll go hide me.

Mrs. Ford. Do so; go tell thy master, I am alone; mistress Page, remeinber you your cue.

[Exit Robin. Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it, hits

[Exit Mrs. Page.

me.

? How now, my Eyas- musket,) niais, un niais. Muket figniFyas is a young unfledg'd hawk. fies a sparrow hawk, or the I juppole from the Italian Niaso, smallest ipecies of hawks. This which originally fignified any too is from the Italian Maschetto, young bird taken from the neít a small hawk, as appears from unfledg’d, afterwards, a young the original signification of the hawk. The French, from hence, word, n.mely, a trcublesome flingtook their niais, and used it in ing ty. So that the humour of both those fignifications; to which calling the little page an Ejasthey added a third, metaphori- mušket is very intelligible. cally a filly fellow ; un garçon fort

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Mrs.

Mrs. Ford. Go to then; we'll use this unwholsome humidity, this gross watry pumpion we'll teach him to know turtles from jays.

S CE N E VIII.

Enter Falstaff.

Fal. Have I caught thee, my heav'nly jewel? why, now let me die! for I have liv'd long enough: this is the period of my ambition : ( this blessed hour!

Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John !

Fal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog; I cannot prate, mistress Ford. Now shall I fin in my with ; I would, thy husband were dead; I'll speak it before the best lord, I would make thee my lady.

Mrs. Ford. I your lady, Sir John? alas, I should be a pitiful lady.

Fal. Let the Court of France thew me such another; I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond: thou hast the right arched bent of the brow, that becomes the ship tire, the tire-valiant, or any Venetian attire.

Mrs,

that becomes the mid. her trim: with all her pennants tire, the tire-VALIANT, or any out, and fligs and fireamers flyVenetian atcirc.] The old Quare ing. Thus Milton, in Sinfon to reads, Tire-vellet, and the old Agonistes, paints D lila. Folio reads, Or any tire of Ve But who is this, what thing of netian admittance. So that the fia or land ? true reading of the whole is this,

Female of sex it fiems, That becomes the ship-tire, the tire That so bedeckt, orrate and gay, VALIANT, or any 'tire of Ve

Comes this way failing netian admittance. The speaker Like a fiately dop tells bis mistress, she had a face Of Tarsus, bound for this chat would become all the head Of javan or Gadier, dresses in fashion. The firip-tire With all her bravery on, and was an open head-dress, with a

tackle trii, kind of scarf depending from Sails fills, and freamers war. behind. Its name of Jhip.tire ing, was, I presume, from its giving Courted by all she quinds that the wearer some resemblance of

hold skoonplay. a fhip (as Shakespeare says) in all

This

Mrs. Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John; my brows become nothing else, nor that well neither.

· Fal. Thou art a tyrant to say fo; thou would'st make an absolute Courtier; and the firm fixture of thy foot would give an excellent motion to thy gate, in a semi-circled farthingale. I see what thou wert; if fortune thy foe were not, nature is thy friend : come, thou canst not hide it.

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing in me.

Fal. What made me love thee? let that persuade thee, there's something extraordinary in thee. Come, I cannot cog, and say, thou art this and that, like 2many of those lifping haw-thorn buds, that come like women in men's apparel, atid smell like Bucklers-Bury This was an image familiar with pears from the impropriety of the poets of that time. Thus the word attire here used for a Beaumont and Fletcher, in their woman's head-dress: whereas it play of W'it avithout money,

fignifies the dress of any part. She spreads sattens as the King's We should read therefore, Or any Skrips do canvas every where, the 'tire of Venetian admittance. For may space ber mifen; &c. This the word attire, reduced by the will cirect us to reform the fol- Aphæresis, to 'tire, takes a new lowing word of tire valiant, fignification, and means only the which I suspect to be corrupt, head-dress

. Hence Tire. zeman, valiant being a very incongru- for a dresser of the head. As to ous epithet for a woman's head- the meaning of the latter part of dress. I suppose Skokelfcare wrote the sentence, this may be feen by tire-vailant. As the firip-tire was a paraphrase of the whole (peech. an open head-dress, so the tire. Your face is so good, says vailant was a close one; in which the speaker, that it would bethe head and breast were covered come any head-dress worn at as with a vail. And these were, court, either the open or the in fact, the two different head. close, or indeed any rich and fa. dresses then in fashion, as we may shionable one worth adorning see by the pictures of that time. with Venetian point, or which One of which was so open, that will admit to be adorned.

[Of the whole neck, breasts and Venetian admittance.] The fa. Thoulders, were open'd to view: Thionable lace, at that time, was the other, so securely inclosed in Venetian point. WARBURTON. kerchiefs, &c. that nothing could This note is plausible, except be seen above the eyes or below in the explanation of Venetian the chin.

admittance : but I am afraid this or any Venetian attire.] whole fyftem of dress is unsupThis is a wrong reading, as ap- ported by evidence.

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