• Enter GOWER and FLUELLEN, meeting

    GOWER

    How now, Captain Fluellen? Come you from the bridge?

    FLUELLEN

    I assure you, there is very excellent services committed at the bridge.

    GOWER

    Is the duke of Exeter safe?

    FLUELLEN

    5The duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as Agamemnon, and a man that I love and honor with my soul and my heart and my duty and my life and my living and my uttermost power. He is not, God be praised and blessed, any hurt in the world, but keeps the bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. There is an aunchient lieutenant there at the pridge. I think in my very conscience he is as valiant a man as Mark Antony, and he is a man of no estimation in the world, but I did see him do as gallant service.

    GOWER

    What do you call him?

    FLUELLEN

    15He is called Aunchient Pistol.

    GOWER

    I know him not.
    Enter PISTOL

    FLUELLEN

    Here is the man.
  • GOWER and FLUELLEN enter from opposite sides of the stage.

    GOWER

    Greetings, Captain Fluellen! Have you just come from the bridge?

    FLUELLEN

    I assure you, there are some excellent military operations being carried out at the bridge.

    GOWER

    Is the duke of Exeter safe?

    FLUELLEN

    The duke of Exeter is as courageous as Agamemnonand a man whom I love and honor deeply, with my soul, and my heart, and my duty, and my life, and my livelihood, to the very utmost of my being. He is not—God be praised and blessed—hurt in any way but is holding the bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. There is a standard-bearer there at the bridge. I truly think he is as valiant a man as Mark Antony. He is a man of no rank or consequence, but I saw him fight as gallantly as though he were.

    Agamemnon

    Agamemnon was the leader of the Greek army in the Trojan War. Mark Antony fought Brutus for control of the Roman Empire.

    GOWER

    What is his name?

    FLUELLEN

    He is called Ensign Pistol.

    GOWER

    I don’t know him.
    PISTOL enters.

    FLUELLEN

    Here he is.