Speeches (Lines) for Hostess Quickly
in "Henry V"

Total: 11

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1

II,1,539

Pistol. Base tike, call'st thou me host? Now, by this hand,
I swear, I scorn the term; Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.

Hostess Quickly. No, by my troth, not long; for we cannot lodge and
board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen that live
honestly by the prick of their needles, but it will
be thought we keep a bawdy house straight.
[NYM and PISTOL draw]
O well a day, Lady, if he be not drawn now! we
shall see wilful adultery and murder committed.


2

II,1,549

Pistol. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd cur of Iceland!

Hostess Quickly. Good Corporal Nym, show thy valour, and put up your sword.


3

II,1,591

Bardolph. Away, you rogue!

Hostess Quickly. By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pudding one of
these days. The king has killed his heart. Good
husband, come home presently.


4

II,1,622

(stage directions). [Re-enter Hostess]

Hostess Quickly. As ever you came of women, come in quickly to Sir
John. Ah, poor heart! he is so shaked of a burning
quotidian tertian, that it is most lamentable to
behold. Sweet men, come to him.


5

II,3,833

(stage directions). [Enter PISTOL, Hostess, NYM, BARDOLPH, and Boy]

Hostess Quickly. Prithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring thee to Staines.


6

II,3,840

Bardolph. Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in
heaven or in hell!

Hostess Quickly. Nay, sure, he's not in hell: he's in Arthur's
bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. A' made
a finer end and went away an it had been any
christom child; a' parted even just between twelve
and one, even at the turning o' the tide: for after
I saw him fumble with the sheets and play with
flowers and smile upon his fingers' ends, I knew
there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as
a pen, and a' babbled of green fields. 'How now,
sir John!' quoth I. 'what, man! be o' good
cheer.' So a' cried out 'God, God, God!' three or
four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him a'
should not think of God; I hoped there was no need
to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So
a' bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my
hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as
cold as any stone; then I felt to his knees, and
they were as cold as any stone, and so upward and
upward, and all was as cold as any stone.


7

II,3,860

Nym. They say he cried out of sack.

Hostess Quickly. Ay, that a' did.


8

II,3,862

Bardolph. And of women.

Hostess Quickly. Nay, that a' did not.


9

II,3,865

Boy. Yes, that a' did; and said they were devils
incarnate.

Hostess Quickly. A' could never abide carnation; 'twas a colour he
never liked.


10

II,3,868

Boy. A' said once, the devil would have him about women.

Hostess Quickly. A' did in some sort, indeed, handle women; but then
he was rheumatic, and talked of the whore of Babylon.


11

II,3,893

Pistol. Let housewifery appear: keep close, I thee command.

Hostess Quickly. Farewell; adieu.


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