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Henry IV, Part 2
Act 5, scene 1

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Henry IV, Part 2, continues the story of Henry IV, Part I. Northumberland learns that his son Hotspur is dead, and…

Induction

Following the battle of Shrewsbury (where King Henry and Prince Hal were victorious and Hotspur killed), Rumor spreads the false…

Act 1, scene 1

Northumberland, who had pleaded illness as an excuse for not appearing at the battle of Shrewsbury, learns that his son,…

Act 1, scene 2

Sir John Falstaff is confronted by the Lord Chief Justice. Since Falstaff has come away from Shrewsbury with the reputation…

Act 1, scene 3

At York, the Archbishop discusses with Mowbray, Hastings, and Lord Bardolph whether they can defeat the king’s forces if their…

Act 2, scene 1

Sir John is arrested for the debt he owes Mistress Quickly. He persuades her to drop the charges and to…

Act 2, scene 2

Learning that Falstaff will be dining that night in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins decide to disguise themselves as waiters…

Act 2, scene 3

Northumberland is persuaded by his daughter-in-law, Hotspur’s widow, to abandon the other rebels.

Act 2, scene 4

At Mistress Quickly’s inn in Eastcheap, a fight erupts after Falstaff ’s ensign, Pistol, insults Doll Tearsheet. The disguised Prince Hal…

Act 3, scene 1

An ill and anxious King Henry IV consults with Warwick.

Act 3, scene 2

On his journey through Gloucestershire, Falstaff selects recruits for the army and decides that, on his return, he will fleece…

Act 4, scene 1

The leaders of the rebellion reach Gaultree Forest, where they present their grievances to Westmoreland. After Prince John promises redress…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff meets a rebel knight, who surrenders to him. When Prince John reproaches Falstaff for his late arrival, Falstaff turns…

Act 4, scene 3

Just after receiving the good news about the defeat of all the rebel forces, Henry IV falls into a swoon….

Act 5, scene 1

Falstaff observes Shallow and his servants in order to be ready to entertain Prince Hal with amusing stories.

Act 5, scene 2

Prince Hal reassures an anxious Lord Chief Justice.

Act 5, scene 3

On the news of Henry IV’s death, Falstaff and Shallow set off joyfully for London.

Act 5, scene 4

Doll Tearsheet is arrested.

Act 5, scene 5

The newly crowned King Henry V keeps his word to the Lord Chief Justice.

Epilogue

The speaker apologizes for the play and promises another play with Falstaff in it.

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Scene 1
Enter Shallow, Falstaff, Page, and Bardolph.

SHALLOW By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away
 tonight.—What, Davy, I say!
FALSTAFF You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.
SHALLOW I will not excuse you. You shall not be
5 excused. Excuses shall not be admitted. There is no
 excuse shall serve. You shall not be excused.—
 Why, Davy!

Enter Davy.

DAVY Here, sir.
SHALLOW Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy, let
10 me see, Davy, let me see. Yea, marry, William cook,
 bid him come hither.—Sir John, you shall not be
 excused.
DAVY Marry, sir, thus: those precepts cannot be served.
 And again, sir: shall we sow the hade land with
15 wheat?
SHALLOW With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook,
 are there no young pigeons?
DAVY Yes, sir. Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing
 and plow irons.He gives Shallow a paper.
SHALLOW 20Let it be cast and paid.—Sir John, you shall
 not be excused.
DAVY Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be
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 had. And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William’s
 wages about the sack he lost the other day at
25 Hinckley Fair?
SHALLOW He shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a
 couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and
 any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
Shallow and Davy walk aside.
DAVY Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?
SHALLOW 30Yea, Davy, I will use him well. A friend i’ th’
 court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men
 well, Davy, for they are arrant knaves and will
 backbite.
DAVY No worse than they are back-bitten, sir, for they
35 have marvelous foul linen.
SHALLOW Well-conceited, Davy. About thy business,
 Davy.
DAVY I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor
 of Woncot against Clement Perkes o’ th’ hill.
SHALLOW 40There is many complaints, Davy, against that
 Visor. That Visor is an arrant knave, on my
 knowledge.
DAVY I grant your Worship that he is a knave, sir, but
 yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some
45 countenance at his friend’s request. An honest
 man, sir, is able to speak for himself when a knave is
 not. I have served your Worship truly, sir, this eight
 years; an I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear
 out a knave against an honest man, I have but a
50 very little credit with your Worship. The knave is
 mine honest friend, sir; therefore I beseech you let
 him be countenanced.
SHALLOW Go to, I say, he shall have no wrong. Look
 about, Davy. Davy exits. Where are you, Sir John?
55 Come, come, come, off with your boots.—Give me
 your hand, Master Bardolph.

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BARDOLPH I am glad to see your Worship.
SHALLOW I thank thee with all my heart, kind Master
 Bardolph, (to Page) and welcome, my tall
60 fellow.—Come, Sir John.
FALSTAFF I’ll follow you, good Master Robert Shallow.
 Shallow exits. Bardolph, look to our horses. Bardolph
 and Page exit. 
If I were sawed into quantities,
 I should make four dozen of such bearded hermits’
65 staves as Master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to
 see the semblable coherence of his men’s spirits
 and his. They, by observing of him, do bear
 themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing
 with them, is turned into a justice-like servingman.
70 Their spirits are so married in conjunction with the
 participation of society that they flock together in
 consent like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to
 Master Shallow, I would humor his men with the
 imputation of being near their master; if to his men,
75 I would curry with Master Shallow that no man
 could better command his servants. It is certain
 that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is
 caught, as men take diseases, one of another. Therefore
 let men take heed of their company. I will
80 devise matter enough out of this Shallow to keep
 Prince Harry in continual laughter the wearing out
 of six fashions, which is four terms, or two actions,
 and he shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is
 much that a lie with a slight oath and a jest with a
85 sad brow will do with a fellow that never had the
 ache in his shoulders. O, you shall see him laugh till
 his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up.
SHALLOW, within Sir John.
FALSTAFF I come, Master Shallow, I come, Master
90 Shallow.
He exits.