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[Scene 2]

[Scene 2]

Location: London.
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Enter Nym and Bardolph.
Bardolph Good morrow, Corporal Nym.

morrow,

Morning.
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Corporal

A low-ranking non-commissioned officer.
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Nym Good morrow, Lieutenant Bardolph.

Lieutenant

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Bardolph What, is Ancient Pistol and thee friends yet?

Ancient

Ensign, i.e., military flag-bearer.
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508.1Nym I cannot tell; things must be as they may: I dare not fight, but I will wink and hold out mine iron. It is a simple one, but what though? It will serve to toast cheese, and it will endure cold as another man's sword will, and there's the humor of it.

wink

Shut my eyes.
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iron.

Sword.
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what though?

What of that?
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it will endure cold

I.e., it does not mind being unsheathed.
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Bardolph I'faith, Mistress Quickly did thee great wrong, for thou wert troth-plight to her.

troth-plight

Betrothed.
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Nym I must do as I may. Though patience be a tired mare, yet she'll plod, and some say knives have edges, 525and men may sleep, and have their throats about them at that time, and there is the humor of it.

Though patience be a tired mare, . . . she'll plod.

Nym implies that he can wait indefinitely for his revenge.
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515Bardolph Come, i'faith, I'll bestow a breakfast to make Pistol and thee friends. 590What a plague should we carry knives to cut our own throats?

What a plague

A mild oath, roughly equivalent to "why the hell".
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Nym I'faith, I'll live as long as I may, that's the certain of it. And when I cannot live any longer, I'll do 520as I may, and there's my rest, and the rendezvous of it.

certain

Certainty, fact.
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do as I may,

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rest,

1) Final consolation, i.e., death; 2) last-ditch bet (a reference to the card game primero).
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rendezvous

Last resort.
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530
Enter Pistol and Hostess[, formerly Mistress] Quickly, his wife.
530.1Bardolph Good morrow, Ancient Pistol. Here comes ancient Pistol; I prithee, Nym, be quiet.

host?

Innkeeper, with the suggestion of "pimp."
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Nym How do you, my host?
Pistol Base slave, call'st thou me host? Now by 535Gad's lugs I swear I scorn the title, nor shall my Nell keep lodging.

by Gad's lugs

By God's ears.
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keep lodging.

Rent out rooms.
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Hostess No, by my troth not I, for we cannot bed nor board half a score honest gentlewomen that live honestly by the prick of their needle, but it is 540thought straight we keep a bawdy-house.

live honestly by the prick of their needle,

Make an honest living by sewing.
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straight

Immediately.
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[Nym draws his sword.]

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[Nym draws his sword.] 540.1O Lord, here's Corporal Nym's! Now shall we have willful adultery and murder committed. Good Corporal Nym, show the valor of a man and put up your sword.

Nym's!

Nym's recently drawn weapon.
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adultery

Perhaps a mistake for "assault."
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valor

1) Worth; 2) courage.
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put up

Sheathe.
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Nym Push.

Push.

Use your sword, strike.
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545Pistol What dost thou push, thou prick-eared cur of Iceland?

prick-eared

Pointy eared.
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cur of Iceland?

A popular breed of lap dog with long, course hair.
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Nym Will you shog off? I would have you solus.

shog off?

Begone.
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solus.

Alone (Latin).
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550Pistol "Solus," egregious dog? That "solus" in thy throat, and in thy lungs, and which is worse, within thy messful mouth! I do retort that "solus" in thy bowels, and in thy jaw, perdie: for I can talk, and 555Pistol's flashing fiery cock is up.

egregious

Outrageous.
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messful

Dripping with half-chewed food(?).
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perdie:

By God.
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retort

Cast back.
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I can talk,

I.e., I can talk as intimidatingly as you can.
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Pistol's flashing fiery cock is up.

1) Firing mechanism is ready; 2) burning penis is erect.
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Nym I am not Barbasom; you cannot conjure me. I have an humor, Pistol, to knock you indifferently well. An you fall foul with me, Pistol, I'll scour you with my rapier in fair terms. If you will walk 560off a little, I'll prick your guts a little in good terms, and there's the humor of it.

Barbasom;

The name of a demon.
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conjure

Invoke or control by magic.
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humor,

Inclination.
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indifferently

Fairly.
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foul

1) Insulting; 2) dirty from being fired.
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scour

1) Stab; 2) clean the "pistol's" dirty barrel.
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rapier

Long, light sword used for fencing.
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in fair terms.

Legitimately.
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Pistol O braggart vile, and damnèd furious wight, the grave doth gape, and groaning death is near, therefore exhale.

braggart

Boaster.
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furious

1) Raging; 2) absurd.
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wight,

Person.
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exhale.

Draw (literally "haul out") your sword.
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They draw.
565Bardolph Hear me: he that strikes the first blow, I'll kill him, as I am a soldier.
Pistol An oath of mickle might, and fury shall abate.

mickle

Much, great.
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[They sheathe their swords.]
Nym I'll cut your throat at one time or another in fair terms, and there's the humor of it.
Pistol Couple gorge is the word; I thee defy again! A damnèd hound, think'st thou my spouse to get? 575No! To the powdering tub of infamy, fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind, Doll Tearsheet, she by name, and her espouse. I have, and I will hold the quondam Quickly for the only she, and Paco! There, it is enough.

Couple gorge

Pistol's version of Couper la gorge, French for "cut the throat."
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To the

Go to the.
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powdering tub

Sweating tub used to treat venereal disease.
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infamy,

Shame, bad reputation.
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lazar

Diseased.
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kite

Bird of prey, predatory person.
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Cressid's kind,

Impoverished whores.
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Doll Tearsheet,

The name of a prostitute.
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espouse.

Marry.
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I have, and I will hold

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quondam

Former (Latin).
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Paco!

Pistol's version of Pauca, Latin for "few," i.e., only a few words are needed to explain the situation.
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580
Enter the Boy.
Boy Hostess, you must come straight to my master, and you, Host Pistol. -- Good Bardolph, put thy nose between the sheets, and do the office of a warming-pan.

Hostess,

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my master,

Sir John Falstaff.
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Bardolph, put thy nose . . . warming-pan.

Warm Falstaff's sheets with your fiery red nose.
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Hostess By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pudding one of these days. I'll go to him. Husband, you'll come?

yield the crow a pudding

Provide his substantial quantity of flesh to carrion birds; i.e., die.
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[Exeunt Boy and Hostess.]
588.1Bardolph Come, Pistol, be friends. Nym, prithee be friends. An if thou wilt not, be enemies with me too.
Nym [To Pistol] I shall have my eight shillings I won of you 595at beating?

beating?

Winning a contest.
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Pistol Base is the slave that pays.

Base

Unworthy, low.
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Nym That now I will have, and there's the humor of it.
Pistol As manhood shall compound.

As manhood shall compound.

That is as valor shall determine.
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They draw [their swords].
Bardolph [Drawing his sword] He that strikes the first blow, 600I'll kill him, by this sword.
Pistol Sword is an oath, and oaths must have their course.

Sword is an oath,

Punning on 'sword (i.e., God's word), a common oath.
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[Sheathes his sword.]
601.1Nym I shall have my eight shillings I won of you at beating?
605Pistol A noble shalt thou have, and ready pay, and liquor likewise will give to thee, and friendship shall combind, and brotherhood. I'll live by Nym as Nym shall live by me: is not this just? For I shall sutler be unto the camp, and profit will accrue.

noble

A gold coin worth six shillings eight pence.
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will give

I will give.
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combind,

Bind us together.
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live by Nym

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sutler

Seller of provisions to an army.
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camp,

Army, military camp.
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Nym I shall have my noble?
Pistol In cash most truly paid.
Nym Why there's the humor of it.
Enter Hostess.
615Hostess As ever you came of men, come in. Sir John, poor soul, is so troubled with a burning tashan contigian fever, 'tis wonderful.

came of

Were born of.
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tashan

The Hostess's mistake for "tertian," a type of fever or ague.
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contigian

The Hostess's mistake either for "contagion," or for "quotidian," another type of fever.
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[Exit.]
625Pistol Let us condole the knight, for lambkins, we will live.

condole

Comfort, grieve over.
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live.

Outlive Falstaff.
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Exeunt omnes.