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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)

    Enter Mistresse Quickly, and Simple.
    415Quic. M. Slender is your Masters name say you?
    Sim. I indeed that is his name.
    416.1Quic. How say you? I take it hee is somewhat a
    weakly man:
    And he has as it were a whay coloured beard.
    420Sim. Indeed my maisters beard is kane colored.
    420.1Quic. Kane colour, you say well.
    And is this Letter from sir Yon, about Misteris An,
    Is it not?
    Sim. I indeed is it.
    420.5Quic. So: and your Maister would haue me as
    it twere to speak to misteris Anne concerning him:
    I promise you my M.
    hath a great affectioned mind
    to mistresse Anne himselfe. And if he should know
    that I should as they say, giue my verdit for any one
    420.10but himselfe, I should heare of it throughly : For
    I tell you friend, he puts all his priuities in me.
    429.1Sim. I by my faith you are a good staie to hiM.
    Quic. Am I? I and you knew all yowd say so:
    485 Washing, brewing, baking, all goes through my(hands,
    485.1Or else it would be but a woe house.
    Sim. I beshrow me, one woman to do all this,
    B3 Is.
    A pleasant Comedie, of
    488.1Is very painfull.
    490Quic. Are you auised of that? I, I warrant you,
    490.1Take all, and paie all, all goe through my hands,
    And he is such a honest man, and he should chance
    To come home and finde a man here, we should
    403.1Haue no who with him. He is a parlowes man.
    Sim. Is he indeed?
    Quic. Is he quoth you? God keepe him abroad:
    Lord blesse me, who knocks there?
    For Gods sake step into the Counting-house,
    433.1While I goe see whose at doore.
    He steps into the Counting-house.
    What Iohn Rugby, Iohn,
    Are you come home sir alreadie?
    And she opens the doore.
    433.5Doct. I begar I be forget my oyntment,
    VVhere be Iohn Rugby?
    448.1Enter Iohn.
    450Rug. Here sir, do you call?
    Doc. I you be Iohn Rugbie, and you be Iack Rugby
    Goe run vp met your heeles, and bring away
    452.1De oyntment in de vindoe present:
    455Make hast Iohn Rugbie. O I am almost forget
    My simples in a boxe in de Counting-house:
    O Ieshu vat be here, a deuella, a deuella?
    460My Rapier Iohn Rugby, Vat be you, vat make
    You in my Counting-house?
    458.1I tinck you be a teefe.
    Quic. Ieshu blesse me, we are all vndone.
    Sim. O Lord sir no: I am no theefe.
    I am a Seruingman :
    the merry wives of windsor.
    458.5My name is Iohn Simple, I brought a Letter sir
    From my M. Slender, about misteris Anne Page.
    474.1Sir : Indeed that is my comming.
    Doc. I begar is dat all? Iohn Rugby giue a ma pen
    An Inck:tarche vn pettit tarche a little.
    478.1The Doctor writes.
    Sim. O God what a furious man is this?
    Quic. Nay it is well he is no worse:
    480I am glad he is so quiet.
    Doc. Here giue dat same to sir Hu, it ber ve chalēge
    Begar tell him I will cut his nase, will you?
    497.1Sim. I sir, Ile tell him so.
    Doc. Dat be vell, my Rapier Iohn Rugby, follow (may,
    512.1Exit Doctor.
    Quic. VVell my friend, I cannot tarry, tell your
    Maister Ile doo what I can for him,
    And so farewell.
    512.5Sim. Mary will I, I am glad I am got hence.
    Exit omnes.