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Act 3, scene 4
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Henry V
Act 3, scene 4



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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 4
Enter Katherine and Alice, an old Gentlewoman.

KATHERINE Alice, tu as été en Angleterre, et tu parles
 bien le langage.

ALICE Un peu, madame.
KATHERINE Je te prie, m’enseignez. Il faut que j’apprenne
5 à parler. Comment appelez-vous
 “la main” en

ALICE La main? Elle est appelée “de hand.”
KATHERINE De hand. Et “les doigts”?
ALICE Les doigts? Ma foi, j’oublie les doigts; mais je
10 me souviendrai. Les doigts? Je pense qu’ils sont
 “de fingres”; oui, de fingres.
KATHERINE La main, de hand. Les doigts, le fingres.
 Je pense que je suis le bon écolier. J’ai gagné deux
 mots d’anglais vitement. Comment appelez-vous
15 ongles”
ALICE Les ongles? Nous les appelons “de nailes.”
KATHERINE De nailes. Écoutez. Dites-moi si je parle
 de hand, de fingres, et de nailes.
ALICE C’est bien dit, madame. Il est fort bon anglais.
KATHERINE 20Dites-moi l’anglais pour “le bras.”
ALICE “De arme,” madame.
KATHERINE Et “le coude”?
ALICE “D’ elbow.”
KATHERINE D’ elbow. Je m’en fais la répétition de tous
25 les mots que vous m’avez appris dès à présent.

ALICE Il est trop difficile, madame, comme je pense.

Henry V
ACT 3. SC. 4

KATHERINE Excusez-moi, Alice. Écoutez: d’ hand, de
 fingre, de nailes, d’ arma, de bilbow.
ALICE D’ elbow, madame.
KATHERINE 30Ô Seigneur Dieu! Je m’en oublie; d’ elbow.
 Comment appelez-vous “le col”?
ALICE “De nick,” madame.
KATHERINE De nick. Et “le menton”?
ALICE “De chin.”
KATHERINE 35De sin. Le col, de nick; le menton, de sin.
ALICE Oui. Sauf votre honneur, en vérité vous prononcez
 les mots aussi droit que les natifs d’Angleterre.

KATHERINE Je ne doute point d’apprendre, par le grâce
 de Dieu, et en peu de temps.

ALICE 40N’avez-vous pas déjà oublié ce que je vous ai

KATHERINE Non. Je réciterai à vous promptement: d’
 hand, de fingre, de mailes—
ALICE De nailes, madame.
KATHERINE 45De nailes, de arme, de ilbow—
ALICE Sauf votre honneur, d’ elbow.
KATHERINE Ainsi dis-je: d’ elbow, de nick, et de sin.
 Comment appelez-vous “le pied” et “la robe”?
ALICE “Le foot,” madame, et “le count.”
KATHERINE 50Le foot, et le count. Ô Seigneur Dieu! Ils
 sont les mots de son mauvais, corruptible, gros, et
 impudique, et non pour les dames d’honneur d’user.
 Je ne voudrais prononcer ces mots devant les seigneurs
 de France, pour tout le monde. Foh!
 Le foot et le
55 count! Néanmoins, je réciterai une autre fois ma
 leçon ensemble:
 d’ hand, de fingre, de nailes, d’
 arme, d’ elbow, de nick, de sin, de foot, le count.
ALICE Excellent, madame.
KATHERINE C’est assez pour une fois. Allons-nous à
60 dîner.

They exit.