• Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS

    WILLIAMS

    I warrant it is to knight you, Captain.
    Enter FLUELLEN

    FLUELLEN

    God’s will and His pleasure, Captain, I beseech you now, come apace to the king. There is more good toward you peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.

    WILLIAMS

    5Sir, know you this glove?

    FLUELLEN

    Know the glove! I know the glove is a glove.

    WILLIAMS

    I know this, and thus I challenge it. (strikes him)

    FLUELLEN

    'Sblood, an arrant traitor as any ’s in the universal world, or in France, or in England!

    GOWER

    10How now, sir? You villain!

    WILLIAMS

    Do you think I’ll be forsworn?

    FLUELLEN

    Stand away, Captain Gower. I will give treason his payment into plows, I warrant you.

    WILLIAMS

    I am no traitor.

    FLUELLEN

    15That’s a lie in thy throat.—I charge you in his Majesty’s name, apprehend him. He’s a friend of the Duke Alençon’s.
  • GOWER and WILLIAMS enter.

    WILLIAMS

    I’m sure it is to knight you, Captain.
    FLUELLEN enters, wearing WILLIAMS’s glove.

    FLUELLEN

    As it is God’s will and pleasure, Captain, I entreat you to come quickly to the king. There is more good fortune in store for you than you could ever imagine.

    WILLIAMS

    Sir, do you recognize this glove?

    FLUELLEN

    Know the glove! I know the glove is a glove.

    WILLIAMS

    Well, I recognize this one (indicates the glove FLUELLEN wears in his cap), and I hereby challenge you. (strikes him)

    FLUELLEN

    Good God! As absolute a traitor as any in the whole entire world—or even France or England!

    GOWER

    What is this, you villain!

    WILLIAMS

    Do you think I’d break my oath?

    FLUELLEN

    Stand aside, Captain Gower. I’ll reward treason with blows, I promise you.

    WILLIAMS

    I’m not a traitor.

    FLUELLEN

    An infamous lie! I accuse you in the name of the king. Arrest him: he’s a friend of the duke of Alençon’s.