William Shakespeare: King Henry IV Part II

1. SCENE I. London. A street.

[Enter Hostess, Fang and his Boy with her, and Snare following.]

Master Fang, have you entered the action?

It is entered.

Where 's your yeoman? Is 't a lusty yeoman? will 'a stand to 't?

Sirrah, where 's Snare?

O Lord, ay! good Master Snare.

Here, here.

Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.

Yea, good Master Snare; I have entered him and all.

It may chance cost some of our lives, for he will stab.

Alas the day! take heed of him; he stabbed me in mine own house,
and that most beastly: in good faith, he cares not what
mischief he does, if his weapon be out: he will foin like any
devil; he will spare neither man, woman, nor child.

If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.

No, nor I neither: I'll be at your elbow.

An I but fist him once; an 'a come but within my vice,--

I am undone by his going; I warrant you, he 's an
infinitive thing upon my score. Good Master Fang, hold him sure:
good Master Snare, let him not 'scape. A' comes continuantly to
Pie-corner--saving your manhoods--to buy a saddle; and he is
indited to dinner to the Lubber's-head in Lumbert Street, to
Master Smooth's the silkman: I pray ye, since my exion is
entered and my case so openly known to the world, let him be
brought in to his answer. A hundred mark is a long one for a poor
lone woman to bear: and I have borne, and borne, and borne; and
have been fubbed off, and fubbed off, and fubbed off, from this
day to that day, that it is a shame to be thought on. There is no
honesty in such dealing; unless a woman should be made an ass and
a beast, to bear every knave's wrong. Yonder he comes; and that
arrant malmsey-nose knave, Bardolph, with him. Do your offices,
do your offices, Master Fang and Master Snare, do me, do me, do me
your offices.

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