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


Enter Mistresse Quickly, and Simple.
415Quic. M. Slender is your Masters name say you?
Sim. I indeed that is his name.
416.1Quic. How say you? I take it hee is somewhat a
weakly man:
And he has as it were a whay coloured beard.
420Sim. Indeed my maisters beard is kane colored.
420.1Quic. Kane colour, you say well.
And is this Letter from sir Yon, about Misteris An,
Is it not?
Sim. I indeed is it.
.5Quic. So: and your Maister would haue me as
it twere to speak to misteris Anne concerning him:
I promise you my M. hath a great affectioned mind
to mistresse Anne himselfe. And if he should know
that I should as they say, giue my verdit for any one
.10but himselfe, I should heare of it throughly : For
I tell you friend, he puts all his priuities in me.
429.1Sim. I by my faith you are a good staie to him.
Quic. Am I? I and you knew all yowd say so:
485 Washing, brewing, baking, all goes through my
485.1Or else it would be but a woe house.
Sim. I beshrow me, one woman to do all this,
488.1Is very painfull.
490Quic. Are you auised of that? I, I warrant you,
490.1Take all, and paie all, all goe through my hands,
And he is such a honest man, and he should chance
To come home and finde a man here, we should
403.1Haue no who with him. He is a parlowes man.
Sim. Is he indeed?
Quic. Is he quoth you? God keepe him abroad:
Lord blesse me, who knocks there?
For Gods sake step into the Counting-house,
433.1While I goe see whose at doore.
He steps into the Counting-house.
What Iohn Rugby, Iohn,
Are you come home sir alreadie?
And she opens the doore.
.5Doct. I begar I be forget my oyntment,
VVhere be Iohn Rugby?
448.1
Enter Iohn.
450Rug. Here sir, do you call?
Doc. I you be Iohn Rugbie, and you be Iack Rugby
Goe run vp met your heeles, and bring away
452.1De oyntment in de vindoe present:
455Make hast Iohn Rugbie. O I am almost forget
My simples in a boxe in de Counting-house:
O Ieshu vat be here, a deuella, a deuella?
460My Rapier Iohn Rugby, Vat be you, vat make
You in my Counting-house?
458.1I tinck you be a teefe.
Quic. Ieshu blesse me, we are all vndone.
Sim. O Lord sir no: I am no theefe.
I am a Seruingman :
.5My name is Iohn Simple, I brought a Letter sir
From my M. Slender, about misteris Anne Page.
474.1Sir : Indeed that is my comming.
Doc. I begar is dat all? Iohn Rugby giue a ma pen
An Inck:tarche vn pettit tarche a little.
478.1
The Doctor writes.
Sim. O God what a furious man is this?
Quic. Nay it is well he is no worse:
480I am glad he is so quiet.
Doc. Here giue dat same to sir Hu, it ber ve chalēge
Begar tell him I will cut his nase, will you?
497.1Sim. I sir, Ile tell him so.
Doc. Dat be vell, my Rapier Iohn Rugby, follow
512.1
Exit Doctor.
Quic. VVell my friend, I cannot tarry, tell your
Maister Ile doo what I can for him,
And so farewell.
.5Sim. Mary will I, I am glad I am got hence.
Exit omnes.