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  • Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Quarto 1, 1602)

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

    A pleasant Comedie, of
    Fal. Of what qualitie is your loue then?
    975Ford. Ifaith sir, like a faire house set vpon
    975Another mans foundation.
    Fal. And to what end haue you vnfolded this to
    For. O sir, when I haue told you that, I told you
    For she sir stands so pure in the firme state
    Of her honestie, that she is too bright to be looked
    Against: Now could I come against her
    With some detectiõ, I should sooner perswade her
    From her marriage vow, and a hundred such nice
    Tearmes that sheele stand vpon.
    995Fal. Why would it apply well to the veruensie
    of your affection,
    That another should possesse what you would en-
    Meethinks you prescribe verie proposterously
    To your selfe.
    997.1For. No sir, for by that meanes should I be cer-
    taine of that which I now misdoubt.
    Fal. Well M. Brooke, Ile first make bold with your
    Next, giue me your hand. Lastly, you shall
    1010And you will, enioy Fords wife.
    For. O good sir.
    Fal. M. Brooke, I say you shall.
    Ford. Want no mony Syr Iohn, you shall want
    Fal. Want no Misteris Ford M. Brooke,
    You shall want none. Euen as you came to me,
    Her spokes mate, her go between parted from me:
    I may tell you M. Brooke, I am to meet her
    Between 8. and 9. for at that time the Iealous
    Cuckally knaue her husband wil be from home,
    Come to me soone at night, you shall know how
    1020I speed M. Brooke.