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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)

    Pa. You haue sonne Slender, but my wife here,
    Is altogether for maister Doctor.
    1325Doc. Begar I tanck her hartily:
    Host. But what say you to yong Maister Fenton?
    He capers, he daunces, he writes verses, he smelles
    All April and May: he wil cary it, he wil carit,
    1330Tis in his betmes he wil carite.
    Pa. My host not with my cõsent: the gentleman is
    Wilde, he knowes too much: If he take her,
    1335Let him take her simply: for my goods goes
    With my liking, and my liking goes not that way.
    For. Well I pray go home with me to dinner:
    Besides your cheare Ile shew you wonders: Ile
    1340Shew you a monster. You shall go with me
    M. Page, and so shall you sir Hugh, and you Maister
    1341.1S Hu If there be one in the company, I shal make(two:
    Doc. And dere be ven to, I sall make de tird:
    Sir Hu, In your teeth for shame,
    Shal: wel, wel, God be with you, we shall haue the (fairer
    1341.5Wooing at Maister Pages:
    Exit Shallow and Slender,
    1345Host Ile to my honest knight sir Iohn Falstaffe,
    And drinke Canary with him. Exit host.
    Ford. I may chance to make him drinke in pipe (wine,
    First come gentlemen. Exit omnes.
    Enter Mistresse Ford, with two of her men, and
    a great buck busket.
    Mis. For. Sirrha, if your M. aske you whither
    1362.1You carry this basket, say to the Launderers,
    I hope you know how to bestow it?
    Ser. I warrant you misteris. Exit seruant.