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By William Shakespeare

Henry V is Shakespeare’s most famed “war play”; it contains the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. a few of it glorifies struggle, specially the choruses and Henry’s speeches urging his troops into conflict. yet we additionally pay attention bishops conniving for warfare to put off a invoice that might tax the church, and squaddies looking ahead to to harvest earnings from the clash. Even within the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are numerous chilling references to the human expense of war.

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Hostess. reliable Corporal Nym, express thy valor, and submit your sword. ° 21 troth-plight betrothed (more binding than a latest engagement) 25-26 endurance be a drained mare, but she is going to plod persistence is wearisome, but it achieves its objective in any case 36 truthfully (1) decently (2) chastely (“prick” of an identical line sustains the bawdy allusion) forty four Iceland puppy white sharp-eared puppy, so shaggy that neither its face nor physique could be obvious (a favonte lapdog) 46-47 convey thy valor, and publish your sword (unintentionally apposite, for Nym had such little valor that he couldn't struggle) Nym. Will you shog off? ° i might have you ever solus. ° Pistol. “Solus,” egregious° puppy? O viper vile! The “solus” in thy so much incredible face! The “solus” in thy the teeth, and in thy throat, And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw,° perdy! ° And, that's worse, inside thy nasty mouth! I do retort the “solus” in thy bowels; For i will take,° and Pistol’s cock is up,° And flashing fireplace will stick with. Nym. i'm really not Barbason;° you can't conjure° me; i've got an humor to knock you indifferently° good. in case you develop foul with me, Pistol, i'm going to scour you with my rapier,° as i'll, in reasonable phrases. ° when you might stroll off, i might prick your guts a bit in sturdy terms,° as i could, and that’s the humor° of it. Pistol. O braggard vile, and damnèd livid wight,° The grave doth gape,° and doting° loss of life is close to; accordingly exhale! ° Bardolph. listen me, pay attention me what I say! He that moves the 1st stroke, I’ll run him as much as the hilts,° as i'm a soldier. [Draws. ] Pistol. An oath of mickleo could, and fury shall bog down. [Pistol and Nym sheathe their swords. ] supply me thy fist, thy forefoot° to me provide. forty eight shog off circulation off (slang) forty eight solus by myself (Pistol takes it to intend unmarried; i. e. , single; or, blind to Latin, a few nice insult) forty nine egregious oversized fifty two maw abdominal fifty two perdy by means of God fifty five take (1) reason damage to befall (by his intricate exorcism or curse) (2) strike (3) take hearth fifty five cock is up is cocked for firing (punning on his identify) fifty seven Barbason identify of a fiend fifty seven conjure exorcise fifty eight indifferenthy really 59-60 for those who develop ... my rapier (a pistol was once stated to be “foul after firing, and used to be typically wiped clean with a ramrod or scouring rod) 60 m reasonable phrases quite (a stylish cliché) 61-62 in reliable phrases on an exceptional footing (another trendy cliché) sixty two humor fancy, inclination (yet one other cliché) sixty three wight individual sixty four gape (1) open (2) greedily hope sixty four doting loving, fond sixty five exhale draw forth sixty seven run him as much as the hilts force the complete sword blade into him sixty nine mickle nice (already, in Shakespeare’s day, archaistic) 70 forefoot paw Thy spirits are such a lot tall. ° Nym. i'll lower thy throat one time or different in reasonable phrases, that's the humor of it. Pistol. Couple a gorge! ° that's the notice. I thee defy° back. O hound of Crete,° think‘st thou my wife to get? No; to the spital° pass, And from the powd’ring bathtub° of infamy Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid’s kind,° Doll Tearsheet,° she by means of identify, and her espouse.

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