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Page. Of what, son?

Slen. I came yonder at Eton to marry Mistress Anne
Page, and she's a great lubberly boy. If it had
not been i' the church, I would have swinged him, 190
or he should have swinged me. If I did not think
it had been Anne Page, would I might never stir!
—and 'tis a postmaster's boy.

Page. Upon my life, then, you took the wrong.
Slen. What need you tell me that? I think so, when

I took a boy for a girl. If I had been married
to him, for all he was in woman's apparel, I would
not have had him.

Page. Why, this is your own folly. Did not I tell

you how you should know my daughter by her 200 garments?

Slen. I went to her in white, and cried 'mum,' and she cried budget,' as Anne and I had appointed; and yet it was not Anne, but a postmaster's boy. Mrs Page. Good George, be not angry: I knew of your purpose; turned my daughter into green; and, indeed, she is now with the doctor at the deanery, and there married.

Enter Caius.

Caius. Vere is Mistress Page? By gar, I am cozened: I ha' married un garçon, a boy; un paysan, by 210 gar, a boy; it is not Anne Page: by gar, I am cozened.

Mrs Page. Why, did you take her in green?

Caius. Ay, by gar, and 'tis a boy: by gar, I'll raise

all Windsor.

Ford. This is strange. Who hath got the right Anne?


Page. My heart misgives me :-here comes Master


Enter Fenton and Anne Page.

How now, Master Fenton!

Anne. Pardon, good father! good my mother, pardon! 220 Page. Now, mistress, how chance you went not with

Master Slender?

Mrs Page. Why went you not with master doctor, maid?
Fent. You do amaze her: hear the truth of it.

You would have married her most shamefully,
Where there was no proportion held in love.
The truth is, she and I, long since contracted,
Are now so sure that nothing can dissolve us.
The offence is holy that she hath committed;
And this deceit loses the name of craft,
Of disobedience, or unduteous title;
Since therein she doth evitate and shun

A thousand irreligious cursed hours,


Which forced marriage would have brought upon her. Ford. Stand not amazed; here is no remedy:

In love the heavens themselves do guide the state;
Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate.

Fal. I am glad, though you have ta'en a special
stand to strike at me, that your arrow hath
Page. Well, what remedy? Fenton, heaven give thee joy!
What cannot be eschew'd must be embraced.


Fal. When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are chased.
Mrs Page. Well, I will muse no further. Master Fenton,
Heaven give you many, many merry days!
Good husband, let us every one go home,


And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire;

Sir John and all.

Let it be so. Sir John,

To Master Brook you yet shall hold your word; 250
For he to-night shall lie with Mistress Ford.


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Aggravate his style, i.e. increase his
title; II. ii. 291.
Aim, "to cry aim," an expression
borrowed from archery
courage the archers by crying
out "aim," hence to encourage,
applaud; III. ii. 42.
All-hallorumas, November 1;


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Armigero; Slender's error for "ar-
miger"; his knowledge of Latin
is derived from attestations, e.g.
"Coram me, Roberto Shallow,
armigero, &c."; I. i. 9.
Authentic, of acknowledged autho-
rity; II. ii. 231.
Avised, advised, informed; “are
of that"=" have you
you a.
found it out?" I. iv. 103.

Baille, deliver, bring (the Folios read "ballow"); I. iv. 90. Banbury cheese, in allusion to Slender's thinness, B. cheese being proverbially thin; I. i. 127.

Barbason, name of a demon; II. ii.

Bede, the name of a fairy; V. v. 52.
Bestow, stow away, lodge; IV. ii. 46.
Bilbo, v. Latten bilbo.

Birding piece, a gun to shoot birds
with; IV. ii. 56.


From a specimen (temp. James I.) preserved at Goodrich Court. Allowed, approved; II. ii. 232. Amaimon, name of a devil whose dominion is on the north part of the infernal gulph; II. ii. 305.

Bloody fire, fire in the blood; V. v. 99. Boitier, "a surgeon's case of oyntment" (the Quarto reads " my oyntment"); I. iv. 47.

apparently = brow | Canaries, probably Mistress Quickly's

beating; II. ii. 29.
Bolt, v. Shaft.

Book of Riddles, a popular book of the day, referred to as early as 1575; the earliest extant edition bears date 1629:-"The Booke of Merry Riddles, together with proper Questions and Witty Proverbs to make pleasant pastime; no less useful than behovefull for any yong man or child to know if he be quick-witted or no"; I. i. 201.

Book of Songs and Sonnets; Slender is perhaps alluding to "Songs and Sonnets written by the Right Honourable Lord Henry Howard, late Earle of Surrey and others" (pub. 1557); I. i. 197.

Breed-bate, one who stirs up "bate," or contention; I. iv. 12. Brewage, drink brewed;


III. v.

Buck, used quibblingly with reference to the buck and its horns; III. iii. 160.

Buck-basket, a basket for clothes which were to be bucked or washed; III. iii. 2.

Bucking, washing; III. iii. 133. Bucklersbury, Cheapside, where the druggists and grocers lived; III.

iii. 74. Buck-washing, laundry; III. iii. 158.

Bully-rook, dashing fellow; I.



Bully-stale; v. Stale. Buttons; "tis in his buttons"='tis within his compass; he will succeed; perhaps an allusion to the flower called "bachelor's buttons," by means of which the success of love was divined; III. ii. 68.

Cain-coloured beard; Cain was represented in old tapestries with a yellowish beard; I. iv. 23.

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version of "quandary (pronounced candary); II. ii. 61. Canary, wine from the Canary Islands, sweet sack; III. ii. 86; [with a quibble on canary in the sense of a quick lively dance; III. ii. 88.]


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Careires, the curvetting of a horse; "to passe a careire is but to runne with strength and courage such a convenient course as is meete for his ability"; I. i. 177.

Carrion, used as a term of contempt; III. iii. 195.

Carves, makes a sign of favour; I. iii. 46.

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Cashiered, in Bardolph's slang it seems to mean "eased of his cash "; I. i. 176. Castalion King Urinal; a nonsensical title which the host gives to Caius; "Castalion," = Castilian, with perhaps a quibbling reference to the medical practice of "casting the water of the patient; II. iii. 34 ( Notes). Cataian, an inhabitant of Cataia or "Cathay" (China); a thief; used as term of reproach; II. i. 148. Cat-a-mountain, wild - cat, leopard (used adjectivally); II. ii. 28. Charactery, characters, writing; V. v. 76.

Charge, to put to expense; II. ii. 168. Chariness,


scrupulousness; II. i.

Charms, love-charms, enchantments;
II. ii. 106.
Cheater, escheater, an officer of the
Exchequer, employed to exact
forfeitures (used quibblingly);
I. iii. 74.
Clapper-claw, thrash; II. iii. 66 (cp.
67, 69).

Coat, coat-of-arms; I. i. 17.

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