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Henry IV, Pt. 2 :: Scenes :: Henry IV, Part 2: Act V, Scene 4

Scene 4

London. A street.

(Beadle; Officers; Hostess Quickly; Doll Tearsheet)

The Beadle arrests Doll and Hostess Quickly, because a man whom they and Pistol beat is dead. The hostess wishes Falstaff were there to set things right. ( line)

Enter Beadle and three or four Officers with Hostess Quickly and Doll Tearsheet.

HOST.

No, thou arrant knave, I would to God that I might die, that I might have thee hang’d. Thou hast drawn my shoulder out of joint.

BEAD.

The constables have deliver’d her over to me, and she shall have whipping cheer, I warrant her. There hath been a man or two kill’d about her.

DOLL.

Nuthook, nuthook, you lie. Come on! I’ll tell thee what, thou damn’d tripe-visag’d rascal, and the child I go with do miscarry, thou wert better thou hadst strook thy mother, thou paper-fac’d villain!

HOST.

O the Lord, that Sir John were come! I would make this a bloody day to somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry.

BEAD.

If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions again; you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me, for the man is dead that you and Pistol beat amongst you.

DOLL.

I’ll tell you what, you thin man in a censer, I will have you as soundly swing’d for this—you blue-bottle rogue, you filthy famish’d correctioner, if you be not swing’d, I’ll forswear half-kirtles.

BEAD.

Come, come, you she knight-arrant, come.

HOST.

O God, that right should thus overcome might! Well, of sufferance comes ease.

DOLL.

Come, you rogue, come bring me to a justice.

HOST.

Ay, come, you starv’d bloodhound.

DOLL.

Goodman Death, goodman Bones!

HOST.

Thou atomy, thou!

DOLL.

Come, you thin thing, come, you rascal.

BEAD.

Very well.

Exeunt.

 
 
 
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