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ACT IV - SCENE I. A street.
MISTRESS PAGE
1    Is he at Master Ford's already, think'st thou?
MISTRESS QUICKLY
2    Sure he is by this, or will be presently: but,
3    truly, he is very courageous mad about his throwing
4    into the water. Mistress Ford desires you to come suddenly.
MISTRESS PAGE
5    I'll be with her by and by; I'll but bring my young
6    man here to school. Look, where his master comes;
7    'tis a playing-day, I see.
Enter SIR HUGH EVANS
8    How now, Sir Hugh! no school to-day?
SIR HUGH EVANS
9    No; Master Slender is let the boys leave to play.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
10   Blessing of his heart!
MISTRESS PAGE
11   Sir Hugh, my husband says my son profits nothing in
12   the world at his book. I pray you, ask him some
13   questions in his accidence.
SIR HUGH EVANS
14   Come hither, William; hold up your head; come.
MISTRESS PAGE
15   Come on, sirrah; hold up your head; answer your
16   master, be not afraid.
SIR HUGH EVANS
17   William, how many numbers is in nouns?
WILLIAM PAGE
18   Two.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
19   Truly, I thought there had been one number more,
20   because they say, ''Od's nouns.'
SIR HUGH EVANS
21   Peace your tattlings! What is 'fair,' William?
WILLIAM PAGE
22   Pulcher.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
23   Polecats! there are fairer things than polecats, sure.
SIR HUGH EVANS
24   You are a very simplicity 'oman: I pray you peace.
25   What is 'lapis,' William?
WILLIAM PAGE
26   A stone.
SIR HUGH EVANS
27   And what is 'a stone,' William?
WILLIAM PAGE
28   A pebble.
SIR HUGH EVANS
29   No, it is 'lapis:' I pray you, remember in your prain.
WILLIAM PAGE
30   Lapis.
SIR HUGH EVANS
31   That is a good William. What is he, William, that
32   does lend articles?
WILLIAM PAGE
33   Articles are borrowed of the pronoun, and be thus
34   declined, Singulariter, nominativo, hic, haec, hoc.
SIR HUGH EVANS
35   Nominativo, hig, hag, hog; pray you, mark:
36   genitivo, hujus. Well, what is your accusative case?
WILLIAM PAGE
37   Accusativo, hinc.
SIR HUGH EVANS
38   I pray you, have your remembrance, child,
39   accusative, hung, hang, hog.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
40   'Hang-hog' is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.
SIR HUGH EVANS
41   Leave your prabbles, 'oman. What is the focative
42   case, William?
WILLIAM PAGE
43   O,--vocativo, O.
SIR HUGH EVANS
44   Remember, William; focative is caret.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
45   And that's a good root.
SIR HUGH EVANS
46   'Oman, forbear.
MISTRESS PAGE
47   Peace!
SIR HUGH EVANS
48   What is your genitive case plural, William?
WILLIAM PAGE
49   Genitive case!
SIR HUGH EVANS
50   Ay.
WILLIAM PAGE
51   Genitive,--horum, harum, horum.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
52   Vengeance of Jenny's case! fie on her! never name
53   her, child, if she be a whore.
SIR HUGH EVANS
54   For shame, 'oman.
MISTRESS QUICKLY
55   You do ill to teach the child such words: he
56   teaches him to hick and to hack, which they'll do
57   fast enough of themselves, and to call 'horum:' fie upon you!
SIR HUGH EVANS
58   'Oman, art thou lunatics? hast thou no
59   understandings for thy cases and the numbers of the
60   genders? Thou art as foolish Christian creatures as
61   I would desires.
MISTRESS PAGE
62   Prithee, hold thy peace.
SIR HUGH EVANS
63   Show me now, William, some declensions of your pronouns.
WILLIAM PAGE
64   Forsooth, I have forgot.
SIR HUGH EVANS
65   It is qui, quae, quod: if you forget your 'quies,'
66   your 'quaes,' and your 'quods,' you must be
67   preeches. Go your ways, and play; go.
MISTRESS PAGE
68   He is a better scholar than I thought he was.
SIR HUGH EVANS
69   He is a good sprag memory. Farewell, Mistress Page.
MISTRESS PAGE
70   Adieu, good Sir Hugh.
Exit SIR HUGH EVANS
71   Get you home, boy. Come, we stay too long.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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