• Enter two DRAWERS

    FRANCIS

    What the devil hast thou brought there—applejohns? Thou
    knowest Sir John cannot endure an applejohn.

    SECOND DRAWER

    Mass, thou sayest true. The Prince once set a dish of
    applejohns before him and told him there were five more Sir
    5Johns and, putting off his hat, said “I will now take my leave
    of these six dry, round, old, withered knights.” It angered
    him to the heart. But he hath forgot that.

    FRANCIS

    Why then, cover, and set them down, and see if thou canst
    find out Sneak’s noise. Mistress Tearsheet would fain hear
    10some music.
    Enter THIRD DRAWER

    THIRD DRAWER

    Dispatch: the room where they supped is too hot. They’ll
    come in straight.

    FRANCIS

    Sirrah, here will be the Prince and Master Poins anon, and
    they will put on two of our jerkins and aprons, and Sir John
    15must not know of it. Bardolph hath brought word.

    THIRD DRAWER

    By the Mass, here will be old utis. It will be an excellent
    stratagem.

    SECOND DRAWER

    I’ll see if I can find out Sneak.
    FRANCIS and THE DRAWERS exit
  • Two DRAWERS enter.

    FRANCIS

    What the hell have you got there? Apple johns? You know Sir John can’t stand apple johns.

    Apple johns

    apple johns = a variety of apple, eaten once the fruit is shriveled

    SECOND DRAWER

    Damn, you’re right. One day the Prince put a plate of apple-johns in front of Falstaff and said, “Here are five more Sir Johns.” Then the Prince took off his hat and said, “I’m now going to bid farewell to these six dry, round, old, withered knights.” It angered Sir John deeply, but he got over it.

    FRANCIS

    Well then, put the table cloth on and set the dish down. Go see if you can find Sneak’s band of musicians. Mistress Tearsheet wants to hear some music.
    Enter THIRD DRAWER

    THIRD DRAWER

    Hurry! The room they ate in was too hot, and they’ll be here any minute.

    FRANCIS

    Sirrah, the Prince and Poins will be here soon. They’re going to put on a couple of our jackets and aprons. Sir John can’t know it’s them. Bardolph came and told me.

    THIRD DRAWER

    Well, there’s going to be hilarity here! What a great scheme!

    SECOND DRAWER

    I’ll see if I can find Sneak.
    The DRAWERS exit.