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Author: William Shakespeare
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The Merry Wives of Windsor (Quarto 1, 1602)

the merry Wives of Windsor.
Knock I say.
2230Sim. Sir I should speak with an old woman that
2230went vp into his chamber.
Host. An old woman, the knight may be robbed,
Ile call bully knight, bully sir Iohn. Speake from thy
2235Lungs military: it is thine host, thy Ephesian calls.
Fal. Now mine Host.
Host. Here is a Bohemian tarter bully, tarries the
comming downe of the fat woman: Let her descēd
2240bully, let her descend, my chambers are honorable,
2240pah priuasie, fie.
Fal. Indeed mine host there was afat woman with
But she is gone.
Enter Sir Iohn.
Sim. Pray sir was it not the wise woman of Brain-
Fal. Marry was it Musselshell, what would you?
Sim. Marry sir my maister Slender sent me to her,
To know whether one Nim that hath his chaine,
Cousoned him of it, or no.
Fal. I talked with the woman about it.
Sim. And I pray sir what ses she?
Fal. Marry she ses the very same man that
2255Beguiled maister Slender of his chaine,
2255Cousoned him of it.
2270Sim. May I be bolde to tell my maister so sir?
Fal. I tike, who more bolde.
Sim. I thanke you sir, I shall make my maister a
glad man at these tydings, God be with you sir.
Host. Thou art clarkly sir Iohn, thou art clarkly,
2275Was there a wise woman with thee?
Fal. Marry was there mine host, one that taught