• Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY, with two officers; FANG with her and SNARE following

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Master Fang, have you entered the action?

    FANG

    It is entered.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Where’s your yeoman? Is ’t a lusty yeoman? Will a'
    stand to ’t?

    FANG

    5Sirrah! Where’s Snare?

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    O Lord, ay, good Master Snare.

    SNARE

    Here, here.

    FANG

    Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Yea, good Master Snare, I have entered him and all.

    SNARE

    10It may chance cost some of us our lives, for he will stab.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Alas the day, take heed of him. He stabbed me in mine own
    house, and that most beastly, in good faith. He cares not what
    mischief he does. If his weapon be out, he will foin like any
    devil. He will spare neither man, woman, nor child.

    FANG

    15If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.
  • MISTRESS QUICKLY enters with Sheriff FANG. Deputy SNARE follows.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Master Fang, have you filed the lawsuit?

    FANG

    It’s filed.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Where’s your deputy? Is he a strong deputy? Will he rise to the occasion?

    FANG

    Sirrah, where’s Snare?

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Oh my goodness! Master Snare!

    SNARE

    Here, here.

    FANG

    Snare, we’ve got to arrest Sir John Falstaff.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Yes, good Master Snare. I’ve filed the suit against him and everything.

    SNARE

    It could cost some of us our lives: he’ll stab.

    MISTRESS QUICKLY

    Oh my goodness! Watch out for him: he stabbed me in my own house, and it was nasty. I swear, he doesn’t care what trouble he causes. Once he’s got his weapon out, he’ll thrust it like the devil. He won’t spare man, woman, or child.

    FANG

    If I can get close to him, I won’t worry about his thrusting.