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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 pleasaunt Comedie, of
    The matter is pud to arbitarments.
    130The first man is M. Page, videlicet M. Page.
    130The second is my selfe, videlicet my selfe.
    And the third and last man, is mine host of the gar-

    Enter Syr Iohn Falstaffe, Pistoll, Bardolfe,
    and Nim.

    Here is sir Iohn himselfe now, looke you.
    105Fal. Now M. Shallow, youle complaine of me
    to the Councell, I heare?
    Shal. Sir Iohn, sir Iohn, you haue hurt my keeper,
    Kild my dogs, stolne my deere.
    Fal. But not kissed your keepers daughter.
    110Shal. Well this shall be answered.
    Fal. Ile answere it strait. I haue done all this.
    This is now answred.
    Shal. Well, the Councell shall know it.
    Fal. Twere better for you twere knowne in
    115Youle be laught at.
    Sir Hu. Good vrdes sir Iohn, good vrdes.
    Fal. Good vrdes, good Cabidge.
    Slender I brake your head,
    What matter haue you against mee?
    Slen. I haue matter in my head against you and
    120your cogging companions, Pistoll and Nym. They
    120.1carried mee to the Tauerne and made mee drunke,
    and afterward picked my pocket.
    Fal. What say you to this Pistoll, did you picke
    Maister Slenders purse Pistoll?
    Slen. I by this handkercher did he. Two faire
    shouell boord shillings, besides seuen groats in mill