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The Merry Wives of Windsor


ACT V SCENE IIWindsor Park.
PAGECome, come; we’ll couch i’ the castle-ditch till we
see the light of our fairies. Remember, son Slender,
my daughter.
SLENDERAy, forsooth; I have spoke with her and we have a
nay-word how to know one another: I come to her in5
white, and cry ‘mum;’ she cries ‘budget;’ and by
that we know one another.
SHALLOWThat’s good too: but what needs either your ‘mum’
or her ‘budget?’ the white will decipher her well
enough. It hath struck ten o’clock.10
PAGEThe night is dark; light and spirits will become it
well. Heaven prosper our sport! No man means evil
but the devil, and we shall know him by his horns.
Let’s away; follow me.

Next: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 5, Scene 3