William Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, Act V, Scene III

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Scene III

A street leading to the Park

Enter Mistress Page, Mistress Ford, and Doctor Caius

Mistress Page

Master doctor, my daughter is in green: when you see your time, take her by the band, away with her to the deanery, and dispatch it quickly. Go before into the Park: we two must go together.

Doctor Caius

I know vat I have to do. Adieu.

Mistress Page

Fare you well, sir.

Exit Doctor Caius

My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff as he will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter: but 'tis no matter; better a little chiding than a great deal of heart-break.

Mistress Ford

Where is Nan now and her troop of fairies, and the Welsh devil Hugh?

Mistress Page

They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights; which, at the very instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they will at once display to the night.

Mistress Ford

That cannot choose but amaze him.

Mistress Page

If he be not amazed, he will be mocked; if he be amazed, he will every way be mocked.

Mistress Ford

We'll betray him finely.

Mistress Page

Against such lewdsters and their lechery Those that betray them do no treachery.

Mistress Ford

The hour draws on. To the oak, to the oak!