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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.
    Fal. Well I am glad I am so rid of this tinder
    His stealth was too open, his filching was like
    An vnskilfull singer, he kept not time.
    Nym. The good humor is to steale at a minutes
    324.1Pis. Tis so indeed Nym, thou hast hit it right.
    Fal. Well, afore God, I must cheat, I must cony-
    Which of you knowes Foord of this Towne?
    Pis. I ken the wight, he is of substance good.
    Fal. Well my honest Lads, Ile tell you what
    I am about.
    Pis. Two yards and more.
    335Fal. No gibes now Pistoll: indeed I am two yards
    In the wast, but now I am about no wast:
    Briefly, I am about thrift you rogues you,
    I do intend to make loue to Foords wife,
    I espie entertainment in her. She carues, she
    Discourses. She giues the lyre of inuitation,
    And euery part to be constured rightly is, I am
    Syr Iohn Falstaffes.
    Pis. He hath studied her well, out of honestie
    Into English.
    345Fal. Now the report goes, she hath all the rule
    Of her husbands purse. She hath legians of angels.
    Pis. As many diuels attend her.
    And to her boy say I.
    Fal. Heree's a Letter to her. Heeres another to
    350 misteris Page.
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