William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

SCENE 2. A street in Windsor. (continued)

What say you to young Master Fenton? He capers,
he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks
holiday, he smells April and May; he will carry 't, he will
carry 't; 'tis in his buttons; he will carry 't.

Not by my consent, I promise you. The gentleman is
of no having: he kept company with the wild Prince and
Pointz; he is of too high a region, he knows too much. No,
he shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of
my substance; if he take her, let him take her simply; the
wealth I have waits on my consent, and my consent goes
not that way.

I beseech you, heartily, some of you go home with me
to dinner: besides your cheer, you shall have sport; I will
show you a monster. Master Doctor, you shall go; so shall
you, Master Page; and you, Sir Hugh.

Well, fare you well; we shall have the freer
wooing at Master Page's.


Go home, John Rugby; I come anon.

[Exit RUGBY.]

Farewell, my hearts; I will to my honest knight
Falstaff, and drink canary with him. [Exit.] HOST

[Aside] I think I shall drink in pipe-wine first with
him. I'll make him dance. Will you go, gentles?

Have with you to see this monster.


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