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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: James D. Mardock
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Henry V (Modern, Folio)

2383.1[4.4]
Alarum. Excursions.
2385Enter Pistol, French Soldier, [and] Boy.
Pistol
Yield, cur!
French Soldier
Je pense que vous êtes le gentilhomme de bon qualitĂ©.
Pistol
Qualtity? "Calinny custure me!" Art thou a 2390gentleman? What is thy name? Discuss.
French Soldier
O Seigneur Dieu!
Pistol
O Signieur Dew should be a gentleman. Perpend my words, O Signieur Dew, and mark: O Signieur Dew, thou diest on point of fox, except, O Signieur, 2395thou do give to me egregious ransom.
French Soldier
Oh, prenez miséricorde! Ayez pitié de moi!
Pistol
Moy shall not serve. I will have forty moys, for I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat in drops of crimson blood.
2400French Soldier
Est-il impossible d'Ă©chapper la force de ton bras?
Pistol
Brass, cur? Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat, offer'st me brass?
French Soldier
Oh, pardonnez-moi!
Pistol
Say'st thou me so? Is that a ton of moys? 2405-- Come hither, boy. Ask me this slave in French what is his name.
Ă©coutez: comment êtes-vous appellĂ©?
French Soldier
Monsieur le Fer.
He says his name is Master Fer.
2410Pistol
Master Fer. I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him. Discuss the same in French unto him.
I do not know the French for fer and ferret and firk.
Pistol
Bid him prepare, for I will cut his throat.
2415French Soldier
[To Boy] Que dit-il, monsieur?
Il me commande à vous dire que vous faites vous prêt, car ce soldat ici est disposĂ© tout à cette heure de couper votre gorge.
Pistol
Owi, cuppe-la gorge, permafoy, peasant, unless 2420thou give me crowns. Brave crowns, or mangled shalt thou be by this my sword.
French Soldier
Oh, je vous supplie, pour l'amour de Dieu, me pardonner! Je suis le gentilhomme de bonne maison. Gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux cent Ă©cus.
2425Pistol
What are his words?
He prays you to save his life. He is a gentleman of a good house, and for his ransom he will give you two hundred crowns.
Pistol
Tell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns 2430will take.
French Soldier
[To Boy] Petit monsieur, que dit-il?
Encore qu'il est contre son jurement de pardonner aucun prisonnier, nĂ©anmoins, pour les Ă©cus que vous l'avez promis, il est content à vous donner la libertĂ©, le franchisement.
2435French Soldier
[Kneeling to Pistol] Sur mes genoux je vous donne mille remerciements, et je m'estime heureux que je suis tombĂ© entre les mains d'un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave, vaillant et très distinguĂ© seigneur d'Angleterre.
Pistol
Expound unto me, boy.
He gives you upon his knees a thousand thanks, and he esteems himself happy that he hath fallen into the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave, valorous and thrice-worthy seigneur of England.
Pistol
As I suck blood, I will some mercy show. 2445Follow me.
Suivez-vous le grand capitaine.
[Exeunt Pistol and French Soldier]
I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart, but the saying is true, "The empty vessel makes the greatest sound." Bardolph and Nym had ten times more 2450valor than this roaring devil i'th'old play, that everyone may pare his nails with a wooden dagger, and they are both hanged; and so would this be if he durst steal anything adventurously. I must stay with the lackeys with the luggage of our camp. The French might 2455have a good prey of us if he knew of it, for there is none to guard it but boys.
Exit.