Mustard and fennel

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.”

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  1. Shakespeare’s Plants (alphabetical) « PLANTS Says:

    […] Fennel, Hamlet 4.5 [195]. “There’s fennel for you.” Romeo and Juliet [1.2.26-30]. “When well-appareled April on the heel/ Of limping Winter treads, even such delight/ Among fresh fennel buds shall you this night/ Inherit at my house.” Henry 4.2, [2.4.142-147]. […]

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