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Henry V
Act 5, scene 1

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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…

Prologue

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 1
Enter Fluellen and Gower.

GOWER Nay, that’s right. But why wear you your leek
 today? Saint Davy’s day is past.
FLUELLEN There is occasions and causes why and
 wherefore in all things. I will tell you ass my
5 friend, Captain Gower. The rascally, scald, beggarly,
 lousy, pragging knave Pistol, which you and

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 yourself and all the world know to be no petter than
 a fellow, look you now, of no merits, he is come to
 me and prings me pread and salt yesterday, look
10 you, and bid me eat my leek. It was in a place where
 I could not breed no contention with him, but I will
 be so bold as to wear it in my cap till I see him once
 again, and then I will tell him a little piece of my
 desires.

Enter Pistol.

GOWER 15Why here he comes, swelling like a
 turkey-cock.
FLUELLEN ’Tis no matter for his swellings, nor his
 turkey-cocks.—God pless you, Aunchient Pistol,
 you scurvy, lousy knave, God pless you.
PISTOL 20Ha, art thou bedlam? Dost thou thirst, base
 Trojan, to have me fold up Parca’s fatal web? Hence.
 I am qualmish at the smell of leek.
FLUELLEN I peseech you heartily, scurvy, lousy knave,
 at my desires and my requests and my petitions, to
25 eat, look you, this leek. Because, look you, you do
 not love it, nor your affections and your appetites
 and your disgestions does not agree with it, I would
 desire you to eat it.
PISTOL Not for Cadwallader and all his goats.
FLUELLEN 30There is one goat for you. (Strikes him
 with a cudgel.) 
Will you be so good, scald knave,
 as eat it?
PISTOL Base Trojan, thou shalt die.
FLUELLEN You say very true, scald knave, when God’s
35 will is. I will desire you to live in the meantime and
 eat your victuals. Come, there is sauce for it. Strikes
 him. 
You called me yesterday “mountain squire,”
 but I will make you today a squire of low degree. I
 pray you, fall to. If you can mock a leek, you can eat
40 a leek.

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GOWER Enough, captain. You have astonished him.
FLUELLEN I say I will make him eat some part of my
 leek, or I will peat his pate four days.—Bite, I pray
 you. It is good for your green wound and your
45 ploody coxcomb.
PISTOL Must I bite?
FLUELLEN Yes, certainly, and out of doubt and out of
 question, too, and ambiguities.
PISTOL By this leek, I will most horribly revenge.
50 Fluellen threatens him. I eat and eat, I swear—
FLUELLEN Eat, I pray you. Will you have some more
 sauce to your leek? There is not enough leek to
 swear by.
PISTOL Quiet thy cudgel. Thou dost see I eat.
FLUELLEN 55Much good do you, scald knave, heartily.
 Nay, pray you throw none away. The skin is good for
 your broken coxcomb. When you take occasions to
 see leeks hereafter, I pray you mock at ’em, that is
 all.
PISTOL 60Good.
FLUELLEN Ay, leeks is good. Hold you, there is a groat
 to heal your pate.
PISTOL Me, a groat?
FLUELLEN Yes, verily, and in truth you shall take it, or I
65 have another leek in my pocket, which you shall
 eat.
PISTOL I take thy groat in earnest of revenge.
FLUELLEN If I owe you anything, I will pay you in
 cudgels. You shall be a woodmonger and buy
70 nothing of me but cudgels. God be wi’ you and
 keep you and heal your pate.He exits.
PISTOL All hell shall stir for this.
GOWER Go, go. You are a counterfeit cowardly knave.
 Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon
75 an honorable respect and worn as a memorable
 trophy of predeceased valor, and dare not avouch in

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 your deeds any of your words? I have seen you
 gleeking and galling at this gentleman twice or
 thrice. You thought because he could not speak
80 English in the native garb, he could not therefore
 handle an English cudgel. You find it otherwise, and
 henceforth let a Welsh correction teach you a good
 English condition. Fare you well.He exits.
PISTOL Doth Fortune play the huswife with me now?
85 News have I that my Doll is dead i’ th’ spital of a
 malady of France, and there my rendezvous is quite
 cut off. Old I do wax, and from my weary limbs
 honor is cudgeled. Well, bawd I’ll turn, and something
 lean to cutpurse of quick hand. To England
90 will I steal, and there I’ll steal.
 And patches will I get unto these cudgeled scars,
 And swear I got them in the Gallia wars.
He exits.