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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act V. Scene I.
A Room in the Garter Inn.
  Fal.  Prithee, no more prattling; go: I’ll hold. This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. Away! go. They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death. Away!
  Quick.  I’ll provide you a chain, and I’ll do what I can to get you a pair of horns.
  Fal.  Away, I say; time wears: hold up your head, and mince.  [Exit MISTRESS QUICKLY.        5
Enter FORD.
How now, Master Brook! Master Brook, the matter will be known to-night, or never. Be you in the Park about midnight, at Herne’s oak, and you shall see wonders.
  Ford.  Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as you told me you had appointed?
  Fal.  I went to her, Master Brook, as you see, like a poor old man; but I came from her, Master Brook, like a poor old woman. That same knave Ford, her husband, hath the finest mad devil of jealousy in him, Master Brook, that ever governed frenzy. I will tell you: he beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of a man, Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver’s beam, because I know also life is a shuttle. I am in haste: go along with me; I’ll tell you all, Master Brook. Since I plucked geese, played truant, and whipped top, I knew not what it was to be beaten till lately. Follow me: I’ll tell you strange things of this knave Ford, on whom to-night I will be revenged, and I will deliver his wife into your hand. Follow. Strange things in hand, Master Brook! Follow.  [Exeunt.

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