Enter MISTRESS PAGE, MISTRESS
|MISTRESS PAGE||Is he at Master Ford's already, think'st thou?|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||Sure he is by this, or will be presently: but,
truly, he is very courageous mad about his throwing
into the water. Mistress Ford desires you to come suddenly.
|MISTRESS PAGE||I'll be with her by and by; I'll but bring my young
man here to school. Look, where his master comes;
'tis a playing-day, I see.
|[Enter SIR HUGH EVANS]|
|How now, Sir Hugh! no school to-day?|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||No; Master Slender is let the boys leave to play.|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||Blessing of his heart!|
|MISTRESS PAGE||Sir Hugh, my husband says my son profits nothing in
the world at his book. I pray you, ask him some
questions in his accidence.
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Come hither, William; hold up your head; come.|
|MISTRESS PAGE||Come on, sirrah; hold up your head; answer your
master, be not afraid.
|SIR HUGH EVANS||William, how many numbers is in nouns?|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||Truly, I thought there had been one number more,
because they say, ''Od's nouns.'
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Peace your tattlings! What is 'fair,' William?|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||Polecats! there are fairer things than polecats, sure.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||You are a very simplicity 'oman: I pray you peace.
What is 'lapis,' William?
|WILLIAM PAGE||A stone.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||And what is 'a stone,' William?|
|WILLIAM PAGE||A pebble.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||No, it is 'lapis:' I pray you, remember in your prain.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||That is a good William. What is he, William, that
does lend articles?
|WILLIAM PAGE||Articles are borrowed of the pronoun, and be thus
declined, Singulariter, nominativo, hic, haec, hoc.
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Nominativo, hig, hag, hog; pray you, mark:
genitivo, hujus. Well, what is your accusative case?
|WILLIAM PAGE||Accusativo, hinc.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||I pray you, have your remembrance, child,
accusative, hung, hang, hog.
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||'Hang-hog' is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Leave your prabbles, 'oman. What is the focative
|WILLIAM PAGE||O,--vocativo, O.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Remember, William; focative is caret.|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||And that's a good root.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||'Oman, forbear.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||What is your genitive case plural, William?|
|WILLIAM PAGE||Genitive case!|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Ay.|
|WILLIAM PAGE||Genitive,--horum, harum, horum.|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||Vengeance of Jenny's case! fie on her! never name
her, child, if she be a whore.
|SIR HUGH EVANS||For shame, 'oman.|
|MISTRESS QUICKLY||You do ill to teach the child such words: he
teaches him to hick and to hack, which they'll do
fast enough of themselves, and to call 'horum:' fie upon you!
|SIR HUGH EVANS||'Oman, art thou lunatics? hast thou no
understandings for thy cases and the numbers of the
genders? Thou art as foolish Christian creatures as
I would desires.
|MISTRESS PAGE||Prithee, hold thy peace.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||Show me now, William, some declensions of your pronouns.|
|WILLIAM PAGE||Forsooth, I have forgot.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||It is qui, quae, quod: if you forget your 'quies,'
your 'quaes,' and your 'quods,' you must be
preeches. Go your ways, and play; go.
|MISTRESS PAGE||He is a better scholar than I thought he was.|
|SIR HUGH EVANS||He is a good sprag memory. Farewell, Mistress Page.|
|MISTRESS PAGE||Adieu, good Sir Hugh.|
|[Exit SIR HUGH EVANS]|
|Get you home, boy. Come, we stay too long.|
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 4 A room in Page's house.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Windsor before Page's house.||Act III, Scene 5 A room in the Garter Inn.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The Same./Act I, Scene 3 A room in the Garter Inn.||Act IV, Scene 1 A street.|
|Act I, Scene 4 A room in Dr. Caius' house.||Act IV, Scene 2 A room in Ford's house.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Before Page's house.||Act IV, Scene 3 A room in the Garter Inn./Act IV, Scene 4 A room in Ford's house.|
|Act II, Scene 2 A room in the Garter Inn.||Act IV, Scene 5 A room in the Garter Inn.|
|Act II, Scene 3 A field near Windsor.||Act IV, Scene 6 Another room in the Garter Inn|
|Act III, Scene 1 A field near Frogmore.||Act V, Scene 1 A room in the Garter Inn./Act V, Scene 2 Windsor Park/Act V, Scene 3 A street leading to the Park|
|Act III, Scene 2 A street.||Act V, Scene 4 Windsor Park/Act V, Scene 5 Another Part of the Park|
|Act III, Scene 3 A room in Ford's house.|
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