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Henry IV, Part 1
Act 2, scene 2

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Henry IV, Part 1, culminates in the battle of Shrewsbury between the king’s army and rebels seeking his crown. The…

Act 1, scene 1

King Henry meets with his advisers to discuss his proposed crusade to the Holy Land, but the discussion turns instead…

Act 1, scene 2

Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff taunt each other, Hal warning Falstaff that he will one day be hanged as…

Act 1, scene 3

King Henry meets with Hotspur, Hotspur’s father (Northumberland), and his uncle (Worcester) to demand that Hotspur yield his prisoners to…

Act 2, scene 1

Gadshill, the “setter” for Falstaff and his fellow thieves, seeks information at an inn about the travelers whom they plan…

Act 2, scene 2

Falstaff, Peto, Bardolph, and Gadshill rob the travelers and are, in turn, robbed by Prince Hal and Poins in disguise.

Act 2, scene 3

Hotspur reads a letter from a nobleman who refuses to join the rebellion against King Henry. Lady Percy enters to…

Act 2, scene 4

At a tavern in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins amuse themselves by tormenting a young waiter while waiting for Falstaff…

Act 3, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, Mortimer, and the leader of the Welsh rebels, Glendower, meet in Wales to make final the terms of…

Act 3, scene 2

Prince Hal reconciles himself with his father by swearing to fight the rebels and to defeat Hotspur.

Act 3, scene 3

Falstaff tries to swindle the Hostess of the inn. Prince Hal offers Falstaff a command in the infantry.

Act 4, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas learn that Hotspur’s father, Northumberland, is too sick to join them in the coming battle. They…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff discloses to the audience how he has misused his commission as an officer to take money from men eager…

Act 4, scene 3

As Hotspur argues with his fellow commanders about when to fight, they are visited by Sir Walter Blunt, who brings…

Act 4, scene 4

The archbishop of York and Sir Michael, who sympathize with Hotspur, debate the chances of his success against the king’s…

Act 5, scene 1

Worcester and Vernon visit the king’s camp, where Worcester repeats the grievances that he says have led to the rebellion….

Act 5, scene 2

Worcester lies to Hotspur, telling him that the king made no offer of pardon and is ready to begin the…

Act 5, scene 3

The battle begins. Douglas kills Blunt, who is disguised as King Henry. Falstaff enters alone to disclose to the audience…

Act 5, scene 4

Prince Hal saves King Henry from death at the hands of Douglas. Hal then meets Hotspur. While they are fighting,…

Act 5, scene 5

The king’s forces having won, King Henry condemns Worcester and Vernon to death, and the king and his supporters prepare…

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Scene 2
Enter Prince, Poins, Bardolph, and Peto.

POINS Come, shelter, shelter! I have removed Falstaff’s
 horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.
PRINCE Stand close. Poins, Bardolph, and Peto exit.

Enter Falstaff.

FALSTAFF Poins! Poins, and be hanged! Poins!
PRINCE 5Peace, you fat-kidneyed rascal. What a brawling
 dost thou keep!
FALSTAFF Where’s Poins, Hal?
PRINCE He is walked up to the top of the hill. I’ll go
 seek him. Prince exits.
FALSTAFF 10I am accursed to rob in that thief’s company.
 The rascal hath removed my horse and tied him I
 know not where. If I travel but four foot by the
 square further afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I

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 doubt not but to die a fair death for all this, if I
15 ’scape hanging for killing that rogue. I have forsworn
 his company hourly any time this two-and-twenty
 years, and yet I am bewitched with the
 rogue’s company. If the rascal have not given me
 medicines to make me love him, I’ll be hanged. It
20 could not be else: I have drunk medicines.—Poins!
 Hal! A plague upon you both.—Bardolph! Peto!—
 I’ll starve ere I’ll rob a foot further. An ’twere not as
 good a deed as drink to turn true man and to leave
 these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that ever
25 chewed with a tooth. Eight yards of uneven ground
 is threescore and ten miles afoot with me, and the
 stony-hearted villains know it well enough. A plague
 upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!
  (They whistle, within.) Whew! A plague upon you
30 all!

Enter the Prince, Poins, Peto, and Bardolph.

 Give me my horse, you rogues. Give me my horse
 and be hanged!
PRINCE Peace, you fat guts! Lie down, lay thine ear
 close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the
35 tread of travelers.
FALSTAFF Have you any levers to lift me up again being
 down? ’Sblood, I’ll not bear my own flesh so
 far afoot again for all the coin in thy father’s Exchequer.
 What a plague mean you to colt me
40 thus?
PRINCE Thou liest. Thou art not colted; thou art
 uncolted.
FALSTAFF I prithee, good Prince Hal, help me to my
 horse, good king’s son.
PRINCE 45Out, you rogue! Shall I be your ostler?
FALSTAFF Hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent
 garters! If I be ta’en, I’ll peach for this. An I have

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 not ballads made on you all and sung to filthy
 tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison—when a jest
50 is so forward, and afoot too! I hate it.

Enter Gadshill.

GADSHILL Stand.
FALSTAFF So I do, against my will.
POINS O, ’tis our setter. I know his voice.
BARDOLPH What news?
GADSHILL 55Case you, case you. On with your vizards.
 There’s money of the King’s coming down the hill.
 ’Tis going to the King’s Exchequer.
FALSTAFF You lie, you rogue. ’Tis going to the King’s
 Tavern.
GADSHILL 60There’s enough to make us all.
FALSTAFF To be hanged.
PRINCE Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrow
 lane. Ned Poins and I will walk lower. If they ’scape
 from your encounter, then they light on us.
PETO 65How many be there of them?
GADSHILL Some eight or ten.
FALSTAFF Zounds, will they not rob us?
PRINCE What, a coward, Sir John Paunch?
FALSTAFF Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your grandfather,
70 but yet no coward, Hal.
PRINCE Well, we leave that to the proof.
POINS Sirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge.
 When thou need’st him, there thou shalt find him.
 Farewell and stand fast.
FALSTAFF 75Now cannot I strike him, if I should be
 hanged.
PRINCENed, where are our disguises?
POINSHere, hard by. Stand close.
The Prince and Poins exit.
FALSTAFF Now, my masters, happy man be his dole,
80 say I. Every man to his business.
They step aside.

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Enter the Travelers.

FIRST TRAVELER Come, neighbor, the boy shall lead
 our horses down the hill. We’ll walk afoot awhile
 and ease our legs.
THIEVESStand!
TRAVELERS 85Jesus bless us!
FALSTAFF Strike! Down with them! Cut the villains’
 throats! Ah, whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed
 knaves, they hate us youth. Down with them!
 Fleece them!
TRAVELERS 90O, we are undone, both we and ours
 forever!
FALSTAFF Hang, you gorbellied knaves! Are you undone?
 No, you fat chuffs. I would your store were
 here. On, bacons, on! What, you knaves, young men
95 must live. You are grandjurors, are you? We’ll jure
 you, faith.
Here they rob them and bind them. They all exit.

Enter the Prince and Poins, disguised.

PRINCE The thieves have bound the true men. Now
 could thou and I rob the thieves and go merrily to
 London, it would be argument for a week, laughter
100 for a month, and a good jest forever.
POINS Stand close, I hear them coming.
They step aside.

Enter the Thieves again.

FALSTAFF Come, my masters, let us share, and then to
 horse before day. An the Prince and Poins be not
 two arrant cowards, there’s no equity stirring.
105 There’s no more valor in that Poins than in a wild
 duck.
As they are sharing, the Prince
and Poins set upon them.


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PRINCE Your money!
POINS Villains!
They all run away, and Falstaff, after a blow or two,
runs away too, leaving the booty behind them.

PRINCE 
 Got with much ease. Now merrily to horse.
110 The thieves are all scattered, and possessed with
 fear
 So strongly that they dare not meet each other.
 Each takes his fellow for an officer.
 Away, good Ned. Falstaff sweats to death,
115 And lards the lean earth as he walks along.
 Were ’t not for laughing, I should pity him.
POINS How the fat rogue roared!
They exit.