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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 pleasant Comedie, of
    Giues her intelligence of her husbands
    Approach: and by her inuention, and Fords wiues
    Distraction, conueyd me into a buck basket.
    1755Ford. A buck basket!
    Fal. By the Lord a buck basket, rammed me in
    With foule shirts, stokins, greasie napkins,
    That M. Brooke, there was a compound of the most
    Villanous smel, that euer offended nostrill.
    Ile tell you M. Brooke, by the Lord for your sake
    I suffered three egregious deaths: First to be
    Crammed like a good bilbo, in the circomference
    Of a pack, Hilt to point, heele to head: and then to
    1780Be stewed in my owne grease like a Dutch dish:
    A man of my kidney; by the Lord it was maruell I
    Escaped suffication; and in the heat of all this,
    To be throwne into Thames like a horshoo hot:
    Maister Brooke, thinke of that hissing heate, Maister
    Ford. Well sir then my shute is void?
    Youle vndertake it no more?
    Fal. M. Brooke, Ile be throwne into Etna
    1795As I haue bene in the Thames,
    Ere I thus leaue her: I haue receiued
    Another appointment of meeting,
    Between ten and eleuen is the houre.
    1800Ford: Why sir, tis almost ten alreadie:
    Fal: Is it? why then will I addresse my selfe
    For my appointment: M. Brooke come to me soone
    At night, and you shall know how I speed,
    And the end shall be, you shall enioy her loue:
    You shall cuckold Foord: Come to mee soone at
    1804.1at night. Exit Falstaffe.