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Henry IV Part 2

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Enter two GROOMS, strewing rushes
Two

GROOMS

groom = an officer in the royal household

GROOMS
enter, strewing rushes to cover the floors.

FIRST GROOM
More rushes, more rushes.
FIRST GROOM
More rushes; more rushes.

SECOND GROOM
The trumpets have sounded twice.
SECOND GROOM
The trumpets have blown twice.


FIRST GROOM
'Twill be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation.
Dispatch, dispatch.
FIRST GROOM
It’ll be two o'clock before they arrive from the coronation. Hurry, hurry.
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and PAGE
FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE enter.

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FALSTAFF
Stand here by me, Master Robert Shallow. I will make the
King do you grace. I will leer upon him as he comes by, and
do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
FALSTAFF
Stand here near me, Master Robert Shallow. I’ll make the King do good things for you: I’ll throw him a look as he passes by. Just watch the face he’ll make at me.

PISTOL
God bless thy lungs, good knight!
PISTOL
God bless your lungs, good knight.


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FALSTAFF
Come here, Pistol, stand behind me.—(to SHALLOW) O, if I
had had time to have made new liveries, I would have
bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But ’tis no
matter. This poor show doth better. This doth infer the zeal
I had to see him.
FALSTAFF
Come here, Pistol. Stand behind me. (to SHALLOW) Oh, if I’d had time to make new clothes I would have spent the thousand pounds I borrowed from you. But it doesn’t matter. These poor clothes are better; it shows how desperate I was to see him.

SHALLOW
It doth so.
SHALLOW
It does indeed.

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FALSTAFF
It shows my earnestness of affection—
FALSTAFF
It shows how sincerely I love him—

SHALLOW
It doth so.
SHALLOW
It does indeed.

FALSTAFF
My devotion—
FALSTAFF
My devotion—