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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Act III, Scene 4

A room in PAGE'S house.
 
[Enter FENTON and ANNE PAGE]
 
FENTON
         ,       ,       ,         ,          ,
      I see | I can|not get | thy fa|ther's love,
        ,          ,          ,        ,               ,
      Therefore | no more | turn me | to him |(sweet* Nan).
 
ANNE PAGE
        ,     ,
      Alas,| how then?
 
FENTON
                             ,          ,        ,
                       Why thou | must be | thyself.
           ,        ,    ,            ,          ,
      He doth | object,| I am | too great | of birth,
            ,         ,       2      ,           ,       ,
      And that | my state | being galled | with my | expense,
          ,         ,        ,     ,          ,
      I seek | to heal | it on|ly by | his wealth.
          ,            ,        ,         ,        ,       ->
      Besides | these,^o|ther bars | he lays | before || me,
       ,    ,       ,          ,       ,     ,
      My | riots | past,| my wild | soci||eties,
            ,          ,        ,        ,      , ->
      And tells | me 'tis | a thing | impos||sible
      ,            ,              ,      ,       , ->
      I should | love thee,| but as | a pro||perty.
 
ANNE PAGE
       ,           ,           ,
      Maybe | he tells | you true.
 
FENTON
      <-__     ,            ,         ,        ,         ,
        No,|| heaven | so speed | me in | my time | to come,
          x        ,         ,         ,           ,
      Albeit | I will | confess,| thy fa|ther's wealth
                  ,    ,        ,        ,             ,
      Was the / first mo|tive that | I wooed | thee (Anne):
           ,        ,        ,         2     ,     ,
      Yet woo|ing thee,| I found | thee of more | value
              ,          ,         ,        ,        ,
      Than stamps | in gold,| or sums | in sea|led bags:
            ,         ,     ,       ,        ,
      And 'tis | the ve|ry ri|ches of | thyself,
            ,       ,
      That now | I aim | at.
 
ANNE PAGE
                               x      ,        ,
                            Gentle | Master | Fenton,
            ,        ,          ,      T      Tx    T
      Yet seek | my fa|ther's love,| still seek it sir,
          ,     ,    ,        ,          ,
      If op|portu|nity | and hum|blest suit
       ,    2     ,        ,           ,         ,
      Cannot at|tain it,| why then | hark you | hither.
 
[They converse apart. Enter SHALLOW, SLENDER, and MISTRESS QUICKLY]
 
SHALLOW
        T     T     T     ,           ,
      Break their talk | Mistress | Quickly,
          ,    ,            ,              ,
      My kins|man shall | speak for | himself. (tetra with prev)
 
SLENDER
             ,        ,       2    ,      2       ,      ,          ,   2    ->
      I'll make | a shaft | or a bolt | on it: 'slid,| 'tis but || venturing.
 
SHALLOW
          ,         ,
      Be not | dismayed.
 
SLENDER
                          ,               ,         ,       ->
                         No, she | shall not || dismay | me:
            ,   ,          ,          ,        ,       ,  ->
      I / care not | for that,| but that || I am | afeard.
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
        ,        ,         ,                ,         ,          ,  ->
      Hark ye,| Master | Slender || would speak | a word | with you.
 
ANNE PAGE
          ,        ,       ,           ,           ,   ->
      I come | to him.|| This is | my fa|ther's choice:
      ,     2      ,           T   T   T          ,  ->
      O what a | world of || vile ill-fa|vored faults
              ,      2     ,       ,           ,         ,  ->
      Looks^hand|some in three || hundred | pounds a | year?
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
             T    T    T         ,        ,     ->
      And | how does good || Master | Fenton?
        ,            ,          ,
      Pray you | a word | with you.
 
SHALLOW
             ,        ,        ,
      She's co|ming; to | her coz:
         ,      ,       2     ,
      O boy,| thou hadst a | father.  (tri with prev)
 
SLENDER
I had a father (Mistress Anne) my uncle can tell you good jests of him. Pray you, uncle, tell Mistress Anne the jest, how my father stole two geese out of a pen, good uncle.
 
SHALLOW
Mistress Anne, my cousin loves you.
 
SLENDER
Ay, that I do; as well as I love any woman in Gloucestershire.
 
SHALLOW
He will maintain you like a gentlewoman.
 
SLENDER
Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tail, under the degree of a squire.
 
SHALLOW
He will make you a hundred and fifty pounds jointure.
 
ANNE PAGE
Good Master Shallow, let him woo for himself.
 
SHALLOW
Marry, I thank you for it; I thank you for that good comfort. She calls you, coz: I'll leave you.
 
ANNE PAGE
Now, Master Slender,--
 
SLENDER
Now, good Mistress Anne,--
 
ANNE PAGE
What is your will?
 
SLENDER
My will! 'od's heartlings, that's a pretty jest indeed! I nere made my will yet, I thank heaven; I am not such a sickly creature, I give heaven praise.
 
ANNE PAGE
I mean, Master Slender, what would you with me?
 
SLENDER
Truly, for mine own part, I would little or nothing with you. Your father and my uncle hath made motions: if it be my luck, so; if not, happy man be his dole! They can tell you how things go better than I can: you may ask your father; here he comes.
 
[Enter PAGE and MISTRESS PAGE]
 
PAGE
           ,        ,         ,           ,         ,
      Now Ma|ster Slen|der; love | him, daugh|ter Anne.
       T   T   T        2      ,       ,        ,
      Why how now?| what does Mas|ter Fen|ton here?
            ,         ,           ,          ,          ,
      You wrong | me sir,| thus^still | to haunt | my house.
          ,         ,         ,      3  3     ,        o
      I told | you sir,| my daugh|ter is disposed | of.
 
FENTON
Nay, Master Page, be not impatient.
 
MISTRESS PAGE
Good Master Fenton, come not to my child.
 
PAGE
She is no match for you.
 
FENTON
Sir, will you hear me?
 
PAGE
No, good Master Fenton. Come, Master Shallow; come, son Slender, in. Knowing my mind, you wrong me (Master Fenton).
 
[Exeunt PAGE, SHALLOW, and SLENDER]
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
Speak to Mistress Page.
 
FENTON
             ,          ,     ,      2      ,           ,
      Good* Mis|tress Page,| for that I | love your | daughter
           ,        ,         ,        ,      ,
      In such | a righ|teous fa|shion as | I do,
           ,         ,            ,         ,          ,        ->
      Perforce,| against | all checks,| rebukes | and man||ners,
      ,       2    ,          ,       ,        ,
      I | must^advance | the co|lors of | my love
           ,        ,     ,         ,                 ,
      And not | retire:| let me | have your | good* will.
 
ANNE PAGE
            ,        ,        ,    2          ,    ,
      Good mo|ther, do | not mar|ry me to / yond fool.
 
MISTRESS PAGE
          ,        ,        ,       2   ,       ,       ->
      I mean | it not;| I seek | you a bet|ter hus||band.
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
         ,         ,        ,       ,     2->
      That's | my mas|ter, mas|ter doc|tor.
 
ANNE PAGE
        ,      2     ,            ,    ,       2      ,
      Alas || I had ra|ther be / set quick | in the earth,
      <-       ,           ,           ,
        And bowled || to death | with tur|nips.
 
MISTRESS PAGE
      <-  ,     ,         ,          ,          ,        ,
        Come,| trouble | not your||self good*| Master | Fenton,
      <- 2      ,      2        ,          ,    , ->
        I will not | be your friend,|| nor e|nemy:
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,         ->
      My daugh|ter will | I ques||tion how | she loves | you,
       ,     ,       ,          ,      ,     ,     ->
      And | as I | find her,|| so am | I af|fected:
             ,          ,           ,           ,         , ->
      Till then,| farewell || sir, she | must needs | go in,
           ,     3    3    ,      ->
      Her fa|ther will be an||gry.
 
FENTON
             ,    ,       ,                ,    ,
      Fare/well, gen|tle mis|tress: fare/well, Nan.
 
[Exeunt MISTRESS PAGE and ANNE PAGE]
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
This is my doing, now: Nay, said I, will you cast away your child on a fool, and a physician? Look on Master Fenton: this is my doing.
 
FENTON
I thank thee; and I pray thee, once tonight Give my sweet Nan this ring: there's for thy pains.
 
MISTRESS QUICKLY
Now heaven send thee good fortune! A kind heart he hath: a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart. But yet I would my master had Mistress Anne; or I would Master Slender had her; or, in sooth, I would Master Fenton had her; I will do what I can for them all three; for so I have promised, and I'll be as good as my word; but speciously for Master Fenton. Well, I must of another errand to Sir John Falstaff from my two mistresses: what a beast am I to slack it!
 
[Exit]

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