William Shakespeare: King Henry IV Part II

SCENE 1. Gloucestershire. Shallow's house.

[Enter Shallow, Falstaff, Bardolph, and Page.]

By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away to-night.
What, Davy, I say!

You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.

I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused; excuses
shall not be admitted; there is no excuse shall serve; you shall
not be excused. Why, Davy!

[Enter Davy.]

Here, sir.

Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy; let me see,
Davy; let me see: yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither.
Sir John, you shall not be excused.

Marry, sir, thus; those precepts cannot be served; and,
again, sir, shall we sow the headland with wheat?

With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook: are there no
young pigeons?

Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's note for shoeing and

Let it be cast and paid. Sir John, you shall not be excused.

Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had: and, sir, do
you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the
other day at Hinckley fair?

A' shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legg'd
hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws,
tell William cook.

Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?

Yea, Davy. I will use him well: a friend i' the court is better
than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy; for they are
arrant knaves, and will backbite.

No worse than they are backbitten, sir; for they have marvellous
foul linen.

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