• Enter two GROOMS, strewing rushes

    FIRST GROOM

    More rushes, more rushes.

    SECOND GROOM

    The trumpets have sounded twice.

    FIRST GROOM

    'Twill be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation.
    Dispatch, dispatch.
    Exeunt
    Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and PAGE

    FALSTAFF

    5Stand here by me, Master Robert Shallow. I will make the
    King do you grace. I will leer upon him as he comes by, and
    do but mark the countenance that he will give me.

    PISTOL

    God bless thy lungs, good knight!

    FALSTAFF

    Come here, Pistol, stand behind me.—(to SHALLOW) O, if I
    10had had time to have made new liveries, I would have
    bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But ’tis no
    matter. This poor show doth better. This doth infer the zeal
    I had to see him.

    SHALLOW

    It doth so.

    FALSTAFF

    15It shows my earnestness of affection—

    SHALLOW

    It doth so.

    FALSTAFF

    My devotion—
  • Two GROOMS enter, strewing rushes to cover the floors.

    FIRST GROOM

    More rushes; more rushes.

    SECOND GROOM

    The trumpets have blown twice.

    FIRST GROOM

    It’ll be two o'clock before they arrive from the coronation. Hurry, hurry.
    They exit.
    FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE enter.

    FALSTAFF

    Stand here near me, Master Robert Shallow. I’ll make the King do good things for you: I’ll throw him a look as he passes by. Just watch the face he’ll make at me.

    PISTOL

    God bless your lungs, good knight.

    FALSTAFF

    Come here, Pistol. Stand behind me. (to SHALLOW) Oh, if I’d had time to make new clothes I would have spent the thousand pounds I borrowed from you. But it doesn’t matter. These poor clothes are better; it shows how desperate I was to see him.

    SHALLOW

    It does indeed.

    FALSTAFF

    It shows how sincerely I love him—

    SHALLOW

    It does indeed.

    FALSTAFF

    My devotion—