ACT V SCENE III

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The Merry Wives of Windsor


ACT V SCENE IIIA street leading to the Park.
[ Enter MISTRESS PAGE, MISTRESS FORD, and DOCTOR CAIUS ]
MISTRESS PAGEMaster doctor, my daughter is in green: when you
see your time, take her by the band, away with her
to the deanery, and dispatch it quickly. Go before
into the Park: we two must go together.
DOCTOR CAIUSI know vat I have to do. Adieu.5
MISTRESS PAGEFare you well, sir.
[Exit DOCTOR CAIUS]
My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of
Falstaff as he will chafe at the doctor’s marrying
my daughter: but ’tis no matter; better a little
chiding than a great deal of heart-break.10
MISTRESS FORDWhere is Nan now and her troop of fairies, and the
Welsh devil Hugh?
MISTRESS PAGEThey are all couched in a pit hard by Herne’s oak,
with obscured lights; which, at the very instant of
Falstaff’s and our meeting, they will at once15
display to the night.
MISTRESS FORDThat cannot choose but amaze him.
MISTRESS PAGEIf he be not amazed, he will be mocked; if he be
amazed, he will every way be mocked.
MISTRESS FORDWe’ll betray him finely.20
MISTRESS PAGEAgainst such lewdsters and their lechery
Those that betray them do no treachery.
MISTRESS FORDThe hour draws on. To the oak, to the oak!
[Exeunt]

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