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Alarm, excursions. Enter PISTOL, FRENCH SOLDIER, and BOY
Sounds of battle. PISTOL, a FRENCH SOLDIER, and the BOY enter.

PISTOL
Yield, cur.
PISTOL
Surrender, dog!

FRENCH SOLDIER
Je pense que vous êtes gentilhomme de bonne qualité.
FRENCH SOLDIER
(speaking in French) You seem like a gentleman of high rank.

PISTOL
Qualtitie calmie custure me. Art thou a gentleman? What is thy name? Discuss.
PISTOL
Qualtitie calmie

custure

Pistol is speaking nonsense as though it were a real for eign tongue.

custure
me! Are you a gentleman? What is your name? Expound.

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FRENCH SOLDIER
Ô Seigneur Dieu!
FRENCH SOLDIER
(speaking in French) Oh, God above!

PISTOL
O Seigneur Dew should be a gentleman. Perpend my words, O Seigneur Dew, and mark: O Seigneur Dew, thou diest on point of fox, except, O Seigneur, thou do give to me egregious ransom.
PISTOL
This man, one

O. Signieur Dew

Pistol misunder stands the French man to be saying his name is “O. ignieur Dew.” Be cause “seigneur” means “lord,” Pis ol thinks his pris oner is a nobleman.

O. Signieur Dew
, must be a gentleman. Consider my words, O. Signieur Dew, and take note: O. Signieur Dew, you’ll be killed with my sword unless you pay me an absurd amount of money for your ransom.

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FRENCH SOLDIER
Ô, prenez miséricorde! Ayez pitié de moi!
FRENCH SOLDIER
(speaking in French) Oh, have mercy! Take pity on me!

PISTOL
Moy shall not serve. I will have forty moys, or I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat in drops of crimson blood.
PISTOL
(mistaking moi, the French word for “me,” as a unit of money) One moy is not enough. I must have forty moys, or I will reach into your throat and pull out some moys, along with a lot of blood.

FRENCH SOLDIER
Est-il impossible d'Échapper la force de ton bras?
FRENCH SOLDIER
(speaking in French) Is it impossible to escape your mighty arm?

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