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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)

    the merry wives of windsor.

    1420.1Enter Mistresse Page.

    Mis. Pa. Mistresse Ford, Mis. Ford, where are you?
    1434.1Mis. For. O Lord step aside good sir Iohn.
    Falstaffe stands behind the aras.
    How now Misteris Page whats the matter?
    Mis.. Pa. Why your husband woman is cõming,
    With halfe Windsor at his heeles,
    To looke for a gentleman that he ses
    1445Is hid in his house: his wifes sweet hart.
    Mis. For. Speak louder. But I hope tis not true
    1448.1 Misteris Page.
    Mis. Pa. Tis too true woman. Therefore if you
    Haue any here, away with him, or your vndone for
    1446.1 euer.
    Mis. For. Alas mistresse Page, what shall I do?
    Here is a gentleman my friend, how shall I do?
    Mis. Pa. Gode body woman, do not stand what
    1461.1shal I do, and what shall I do. Better any shift, rather
    then you shamed. Looke heere, here's a buck-bas-
    ket, if hee be a man of any reasonable sise, heele in
    Mis. For. Alas I feare he is too big.
    1470Fal. Let me see, let me see, Ile in, Ile in,
    Follow your friends counsell.
    Mis. Pa. Fie sir Iohn is this your loue? Go too. (Aside.
    Fal. I loue thee, and none but thee:
    1474.1Helpe me to conuey me hence,
    1475Ile neuer come here more.
    E Sir