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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598).


The second part of
by her owne.
Falst. What is the grosse summe that I owe thee?
Host. Mary if thou wert an honest man, thy selfe and the
mony too: thou didst sweare to me vpon a parcell guilt goblet,
690sitting in my dolphin chamber, at the round table by a sea cole
fire, vpon wednesday in Wheeson weeke, when the prince
broke thy head, for liking his father to a singing man of Win-
sor, thou didst sweare to me thēn, as I was washing thy wound,
to marry me, and make me my lady thy wife, canst thou deny
695it, did not goodwife Keech the butchers wife come in then and
cal me gossip Quickly, comming in to borow a messe of vine-
gar, telling vs she had a good dish of prawnes, whereby thou
didst desire to eate some, whereby I told thee they were ill
for a greene wound, and didst thou not, when she was gone
700down stayers, desire me, to be no more so familiarity, with such
poore people, saying that ere long they should cal me madam,
and didst thou not kisse me, and bid me fetch thee thirtie shil-
lings, I put thee now to thy booke oath, denie it if thon canst.
705Falst. My lord this is a poore made soule, and she saies vp
and downe the towne, that her eldest sonne is like you, she
hath bin in good case, and the trueth is pouerty hath distracted
her, but for these foolish officers, I beseech you I may haue re-
dresse against them.
710Lo. Sir Iohn, sir Iohn, I am wel acquainted with your maner
of wrenching the true cause, the false way: it is not a confident
brow, nor the throng of words that come with such more then
impudent sawcines from you, can thrust me from a leuel con-
sideration: you haue as it appeares to me practisde vpon the
715easie yeelding spirite of this woman, and made her serue your
715.1vses both in purse and in person.
Host. Yea in truth my Lord.
Lo. Pray thee peace, pay her the debt you owe her, and vn-
pay the villany you haue done with her, the one you may doe
with sterling mony, and the other with currant repentance.
720Falst. My Lord I will not vndergoe this snepe without re-
ply, you cal honorable boldnes impudent sawcinesse, if a man
wil