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Henry IV, Part 1
QUOTATION: Play out the play!
He and Prince Hal are interrupted in their improvised play in which each in turned played King Henry and the Prince.
QUOTATION: There lives not three good men unhanged in England,
and one of
The fat one is himself.
QUOTATION: I am bewitched with the rogues company. If the
rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, Ill be hanged.
It could not be else, I have drunk medicines.
Speaking of Poins, who has taken his horse.
QUOTATION: Rob me the exchequer the first thing thou dost, and
do it with
To Prince Hal now that he is reconciled with the king.
QUOTATION: Thou knowest in the state of innocency Adam fell, and
To Prince Hal, who has exposed Falstaffs lies about what was stolen from his pocket.
QUOTATION: When I was about thy years, Hal, I was not an eagles
talon in the waist, I could have crept into any aldermans thumb-ring.
QUOTATION: I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
QUOTATION: The King himself is to be feared as the lion.
As the lion is king of the beasts.
QUOTATION: If I do grow great, Ill grow less, for Ill
purge and leave
Imagining he may be rewarded for his claim to have killed Hotspur.
QUOTATION: Give you a reason on compulsion? if reasons were as
Evading a direct answer to Poins and Hal; reasons would have sounded like raisins.
QUOTATION: Watch tonight, pray tomorrow. Gallants, lads, boys,
hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you!
Happy in the prospect of a nights festivity; watch means stay awake.
QUOTATION: What time of day is it, lad?
Addressing Prince Hal as lad shows the close relationship between them.
QUOTATION: I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
To Bardolph, whose nose is red.
QUOTATION: Well, tis no matter, honor pricks me on. Yea,
but how if
Quibbling on meanings of honor means moral obligation and fame; and prick means spur on and mark down as dead.
QUOTATION: O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailors
Insulting Hal; tuck means rapier.
QUOTATION: Shall I not take mine ease in mine inn?
QUOTATION: Do I not bate? do I not dwindle? Why, my skin hangs
about me like an old ladys loose gown; I am withered like an old
Bate means abate, grow thin; apple-john means kind of apple which was kept until the skin shrivelled.
QUOTATION: What doth gravity out of his bed at midnight?
On an old nobleman arriving with a message for Hal.
QUOTATION: If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked!
If to be
Defending himself against Prince Henrys denunciation.
QUOTATION: I would to God thou and I knew where a commodity of
good names were to be bought.
To Prince Henry, implying they both have a bad reputation; commodity means goods for sale, supply.
QUOTATION: Hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent garters!
A friendly insult to Prince Hal, heir to the throne.
QUOTATION: I would twere bed-time, Hal, and all well.
Showing his fear of dying in battle.
QUOTATION: What is honor? A word. What is in that word honor?
Reducing fame and moral obligation to mere noise.