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ACT IV SCENE IV The field of battle. 
 Alarum. Excursions. Enter PISTOL, French Soldier, and Boy. 
PISTOL Yield, cur! 
French Soldier Je pense que vous etes gentilhomme de bonne qualite. 
PISTOL Qualtitie calmie custure me! Art thou a gentleman? 
 What is thy name? Discuss. 5
French Soldier O Seigneur Dieu! 
PISTOL O, Signieur Dew should be a gentleman: 
 Perpend my words, O Signieur Dew, and mark; 
 O Signieur Dew, thou diest on point of fox, 
 Except, O signieur, thou do give to me 10
 Egregious ransom. 
French Soldier O, prenez misericorde! ayez pitie de moi! 
PISTOL Moy shall not serve; I will have forty moys; 
 Or I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat 
 In drops of crimson blood. 15
French Soldier Est-il impossible d'echapper la force de ton bras? 
PISTOL Brass, cur! 
 Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat, 
 Offer'st me brass? 
French Soldier O pardonnez moi! 20
PISTOL Say'st thou me so? is that a ton of moys? 
 Come hither, boy: ask me this slave in French 
 What is his name. 
Boy Ecoutez: comment etes-vous appele? 
French Soldier Monsieur le Fer. 25
Boy He says his name is Master Fer. 
PISTOL Master Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret 
 him: discuss the same in French unto him. 
Boy I do not know the French for fer, and ferret, and firk. 
PISTOL Bid him prepare; for I will cut his throat. 30
French Soldier Que dit-il, monsieur? 
Boy Il me commande de vous dire que vous faites vous 
 pret; car ce soldat ici est dispose tout a cette 
 heure de couper votre gorge. 
PISTOL Owy, cuppele gorge, permafoy, 35
 Peasant, unless thou give me crowns, brave crowns; 
 Or mangled shalt thou be by this my sword. 
French Soldier O, je vous supplie, pour l'amour de Dieu, me 
 pardonner! Je suis gentilhomme de bonne maison: 
 gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux cents ecus. 40
PISTOL What are his words? 
Boy He prays you to save his life: he is a gentleman of 
 a good house; and for his ransom he will give you 
 two hundred crowns. 
PISTOL Tell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns will take. 45
French Soldier Petit monsieur, que dit-il? 
Boy Encore qu'il est contre son jurement de pardonner 
 aucun prisonnier, neanmoins, pour les ecus que vous 
 l'avez promis, il est content de vous donner la 
 liberte, le franchisement. 50
French Soldier Sur mes genoux je vous donne mille remercimens; et 
 je m'estime heureux que je suis tombe entre les 
 mains d'un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave, 
 vaillant, et tres distingue seigneur d'Angleterre. 
PISTOL Expound unto me, boy. 55
Boy He gives you, upon his knees, a thousand thanks; and 
 he esteems himself happy that he hath fallen into 
 the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave, 
 valorous, and thrice-worthy signieur of England. 
PISTOL As I suck blood, I will some mercy show. 60
 Follow me! 
Boy Suivez-vous le grand capitaine. 
 Exeunt PISTOL, and French Soldier 
 I did never know so full a voice issue from so 
 empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty 
 vessel makes the greatest sound.' Bardolph and Nym 65
 had ten times more valour than this roaring devil i' 
 the old play, that every one may pare his nails with 
 a wooden dagger; and they are both hanged; and so 
 would this be, if he durst steal any thing 
 adventurously. I must stay with the lackeys, with 70
 the luggage of our camp: the French might have a 
 good prey of us, if he knew of it; for there is 
 none to guard it but boys. 

Henry V, Act 4, Scene 5


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