Archive for May, 2007

Radish and mandrake

May 31, 2007

Henry 4.2, [3.2.307-314]. Falstaff. “I do remember him at Clement’s Inn like a man made after supper of a cheese-paring, When ‘a was naked, he was, for all the world, like a fork’d radish, with a head fantasticallly carv’d upon it with a knife. ‘A was so forlorn that his dimension to any thick sight were invisible. ‘A was the very genius of famine, yet lecherous as a monkey, and the whores called him mandrake.”

Fruiterer

May 31, 2007

Henry 4.2, [3.2.29-35]. Shallow. “The same Sir John, the very same, I see him break Skoggin’s head at the court-gate, when ‘a was a crack not thus high. And the very same day did I figh with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray’s inn. Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! And to see how many of my old acquiantance are dead.”

Peascod

May 31, 2007

King Henry 4.2, [2.4.142-147]. Hostess. “Well, fare thee well, I have known thee these twenty-nine years, come peascod-time, but an honester and truer-hearted man –well, fare thee well.”

Elm

May 31, 2007

King Henry 4.2, [2.4.330]. Poins (to Falstaff). “Answer, thou dead elm, answer.”

Mustard and fennel

May 31, 2007

King Henry 4.2, [2.4.142-147]. Doll. “They say Poins has a good wit.” Falstaff. “He a good wit? Hang him, baboon! His wit’s as thick as Tewkesbury mustard. There’s no more conceit in him than is in a mallet.” Doll. “Why does the Prince love him so, then?” Falstaff. “Because their legs are both of a bigness, and ‘a plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and drinks of candles’ ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon join’d stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the Leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties ‘a has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the Prince admits him. For the Prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.”