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Act 2, scene 3
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Henry V
Act 2, scene 3



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Henry V begins at the English court, where the young king is persuaded that he has a claim to the throne…


The Chorus wishes for a far greater stage, actors, and audience. He apologizes for the scanty resources that are available…

Act 1, scene 1

The Bishop of Canterbury informs the Bishop of Ely of a bill threatening Church revenues and of a plan to…

Act 1, scene 2

At the King’s request, Canterbury provides an extensive interpretation of French law to support Henry’s claim to the French throne….

Act 2, chorus

The Chorus announces the enthusiastic support of English youth for Henry’s French campaign, but also advises that the French have…

Act 2, scene 1

King Henry’s former tavern companion Bardolph prevents Pistol and Nym from fighting over Hostess Quickly, Pistol’s wife. They are interrupted…

Act 2, scene 2

Henry, informed of the treachery of three of his friends, confronts them with their crimes. They throw themselves on his…

Act 2, scene 3

The tavern crew—Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, and the Boy—join the Hostess in mourning the dead Falstaff and, saying good-bye to the…

Act 2, scene 4

The King of France and his court plan their defense against Henry’s invasion. Exeter arrives to present the King with…

Act 3, chorus

The Chorus describes the embarkation of Henry’s fleet for France, Henry’s preparations to besiege the town of Harfleur, and the…

Act 3, scene 1

Henry delivers an oration to inspire his troops to take Harfleur.

Act 3, scene 2

Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, and the Boy withdraw from the assault on Harfleur. They are driven back to it by Captain…

Act 3, scene 3

Henry threatens the men of Harfleur with the destruction of the town and its population if they do not yield…

Act 3, scene 4

An old gentlewoman, Alice, begins to teach English to Katherine, Princess of France.

Act 3, scene 5

The French nobles speak of their shame at the success of Henry’s invasion. The French King plans to block Henry’s…

Act 3, scene 6

Captains Fluellen and Gower meet Pistol, who pleads for Bardolph, sentenced to die for robbery. Fluellen refuses to intervene and…

Act 3, scene 7

On the eve of battle, the French nobles, confident of their army’s superiority, engage in verbal competition.

Act 4, chorus

The Chorus describes the confident French and anxious English armies on the night before the battle of Agincourt, and portrays…

Act 4, scene 1

Henry borrows Erpingham’s cloak and, in this disguise, passes through his camp, meeting Pistol, overhearing a conversation between Fluellen and…

Act 4, scene 2

The French nobles, about to fight, lament that the English are so few and so weak.

Act 4, scene 3

Henry delivers an oration to his troops urging them on to win glory in the battle. Montjoy again comes to…

Act 4, scene 4

A French soldier surrenders to Pistol, who threatens him with death until the soldier promises to pay a ransom of…

Act 4, scene 5

The French nobles, shamed in their defeat, decide to die fighting.

Act 4, scene 6

Henry, in doubt about the outcome of the battle, hears of York’s and Suffolk’s deaths, and then, when a French…

Act 4, scene 7

Fluellen, in conversation with Gower, compares Henry to the classical world-conqueror Alexander the Great. Montjoy arrives to concede the French…

Act 4, scene 8

Williams and Fluellen are prevented from fighting by Warwick and Gloucester. Henry arrives and accuses Williams of promising to strike…

Act 5, chorus

The Chorus describes the great welcome accorded the English army when it returns home, the visit by the Holy Roman…

Act 5, scene 1

Fluellen avenges Pistol’s insults by making Pistol eat a leek. Pistol, humiliated, plans to return to England in the guise…

Act 5, scene 2

The Duke of Burgundy has brought about a meeting between French and English to sign a peace treaty. Henry delegates…

Act 5, epilogue

The Chorus reminds the audience that Henry died very young, leaving the kingdom to his infant son, during whose reign…

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Scene 3
Enter Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Hostess.

HOSTESS Prithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring
 thee to Staines.
PISTOL No; for my manly heart doth earn.—Bardolph,
 be blithe.—Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins.— Boy,
5 bristle thy courage up. For Falstaff, he is dead, and
 we must earn therefore.
BARDOLPH Would I were with him, wheresome’er he
 is, either in heaven or in hell.
HOSTESS Nay, sure, he’s not in hell! He’s in Arthur’s
10 bosom, if ever man went to Arthur’s bosom. He
 made a finer end, and went away an it had been any
 christom child. He parted ev’n just between twelve
 and one, ev’n at the turning o’ th’ tide; for after I saw
 him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers
15 and smile upon his finger’s end, I knew there was
 but one way, for his nose was as sharp as a pen and
 he talked of green fields. “How now, Sir John?”
 quoth I. “What, man, be o’ good cheer!” So he cried
 out “God, God, God!” three or four times. Now I, to
20 comfort him, bid him he should not think of God; I
 hoped there was no need to trouble himself with
 any such thoughts yet. So he bade me lay more
 clothes on his feet. I put my hand into the bed and
 felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I

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ACT 2. SC. 3

25 felt to his knees, and so upward and upward, and
 all was as cold as any stone.
NYM They say he cried out of sack.
HOSTESS Ay, that he did.
BARDOLPH And of women.
HOSTESS 30Nay, that he did not.
BOY Yes, that he did, and said they were devils
HOSTESS He could never abide carnation. ’Twas a
 color he never liked.
BOY 35He said once, the devil would have him about
HOSTESS He did in some sort, indeed, handle women,
 but then he was rheumatic and talked of the Whore
 of Babylon.
BOY 40Do you not remember he saw a flea stick upon
 Bardolph’s nose, and he said it was a black soul
 burning in hell?
BARDOLPH Well, the fuel is gone that maintained that
 fire. That’s all the riches I got in his service.
NYM 45Shall we shog? The King will be gone from
PISTOL Come, let’s away.—My love, give me thy lips.
 They kiss. Look to my chattels and my movables.
 Let senses rule. The word is “Pitch and pay.” Trust
50 none, for oaths are straws, men’s faiths are wafer-cakes,
 and Holdfast is the only dog, my duck.
 Therefore, Caveto be thy counselor. Go, clear thy
 crystals.—Yoke-fellows in arms, let us to France,
 like horse-leeches, my boys, to suck, to suck, the
55 very blood to suck.
BOY And that’s but unwholesome food, they say.
PISTOL Touch her soft mouth, and march.
BARDOLPH, kissing the Hostess Farewell, hostess.
NYM I cannot kiss, that is the humor of it. But adieu.

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ACT 2. SC. 4

PISTOL, to the Hostess 60Let huswifery appear. Keep
 close, I thee command.
HOSTESS Farewell. Adieu.
They exit.