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Henry V

ACT IV SCENE IVThe field of battle.
Alarum. Excursions. Enter PISTOL, French Soldier, and Boy.
PISTOLYield, cur!
French SoldierJe pense que vous etes gentilhomme de bonne qualite.
PISTOLQualtitie calmie custure me! Art thou a gentleman?
What is thy name? Discuss. 5
French SoldierO Seigneur Dieu!
PISTOLO, Signieur Dew should be a gentleman:
Perpend my words, O Signieur Dew, and mark;
O Signieur Dew, thou diest on point of fox,
Except, O signieur, thou do give to me 10
Egregious ransom.
French SoldierO, prenez misericorde! ayez pitie de moi!
PISTOLMoy shall not serve; I will have forty moys;
Or I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat
In drops of crimson blood. 15
French SoldierEst-il impossible d’echapper la force de ton bras?
PISTOLBrass, cur!
Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat,
Offer’st me brass?
French SoldierO pardonnez moi! 20
PISTOLSay’st thou me so? is that a ton of moys?
Come hither, boy: ask me this slave in French
What is his name.
BoyEcoutez: comment etes-vous appele?
French SoldierMonsieur le Fer. 25
BoyHe says his name is Master Fer.
PISTOLMaster Fer! I’ll fer him, and firk him, and ferret
him: discuss the same in French unto him.
BoyI do not know the French for fer, and ferret, and firk.
PISTOLBid him prepare; for I will cut his throat. 30
French SoldierQue dit-il, monsieur?
BoyIl me commande de vous dire que vous faites vous
pret; car ce soldat ici est dispose tout a cette
heure de couper votre gorge.
PISTOLOwy, cuppele gorge, permafoy, 35
Peasant, unless thou give me crowns, brave crowns;
Or mangled shalt thou be by this my sword.
French SoldierO, je vous supplie, pour l’amour de Dieu, me
pardonner! Je suis gentilhomme de bonne maison:
gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux cents ecus. 40
PISTOLWhat are his words?
BoyHe prays you to save his life: he is a gentleman of
a good house; and for his ransom he will give you
two hundred crowns.
PISTOLTell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns will take. 45
French SoldierPetit monsieur, que dit-il?
BoyEncore qu’il est contre son jurement de pardonner
aucun prisonnier, neanmoins, pour les ecus que vous
l’avez promis, il est content de vous donner la
liberte, le franchisement. 50
French SoldierSur mes genoux je vous donne mille remercimens; et
je m’estime heureux que je suis tombe entre les
mains d’un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave,
vaillant, et tres distingue seigneur d’Angleterre.
PISTOLExpound unto me, boy. 55
BoyHe gives you, upon his knees, a thousand thanks; and
he esteems himself happy that he hath fallen into
the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave,
valorous, and thrice-worthy signieur of England.
PISTOLAs I suck blood, I will some mercy show. 60
Follow me!
BoySuivez-vous le grand capitaine.
Exeunt PISTOL, and French Soldier
I did never know so full a voice issue from so
empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty
vessel makes the greatest sound.’ Bardolph and Nym 65
had ten times more valour than this roaring devil i’
the old play, that every one may pare his nails with
a wooden dagger; and they are both hanged; and so
would this be, if he durst steal any thing
adventurously. I must stay with the lackeys, with 70
the luggage of our camp: the French might have a
good prey of us, if he knew of it; for there is
none to guard it but boys.

Henry V, Act 4, Scene 5