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thew you to the contrary: 0, mistress Page, give a fine baiteu delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to me fome counsel!
mine Hoit of the Garter. Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman?
Virs. Ford. Na, I will consent to act any villainy Mrs. Ford. Owoman, if it were not for one trifting against hiin that may not fully the charinesss of our respect, I could come to such honour!
honesty. Oh, that my husband saw this letter! it Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the ho- would give eternal food to his jealousy. nour: What is it :-diipense with trifles; --what Mrs. Puge. Why, look, where he comes; and is it?
my goon man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I am Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eternal from giving him cute; and that, I hope, is an un· moment, or so, I could be knighted.
10cubie Jilince. Mrs. Paze. What?-hou lieft!--Sir Alice Ford! Virs. Forut. Fou are the happier woman. --There knights will hack; and so thou shouldit Mrs. Pagr. Let's consult together against this not alter the article of thy gentry ".
sreal; kright: Come hither. [They retire. Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light 2 ;--here, real, Enter lord with Pitel, Page with Nym. read;-perceive how I might be knighted.—1 Mall Ford. Well, I hope it be not lo. think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye P:/?. Hore is a curtail-dog in some affairs: to make difference of men's liking: And yet he Sir John atiects thy wife. would not swear; prais'd women's modesty ; and Ford. Why, fir, my wife is not young. [poor, gave such orderly and well-hehay'd reproof to all Piji. He woves both high and low, both rich and unconeliness, that I would have sworn his dispos:- Both young and old, one with another, Ford; tion would have gone to the truth of his words : He loves thy gally-mau fry 7; Ford, perpenda but they do no more adhere, and keep place toge Forit. Love my wife: ther, than the hundredth palm to the tune of Pi/. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or go thou, Green Sleeves 3. What tempest, I trow, threw this Like Sir Actron he, with Ringwool at thy heels: whale, wiib so many tuns of oil in his belly, afhore 0, odious is the name! ai Windior? How Thall I be reveng'd on him? I Ford. What name, sir? think, the best way were to entertain him with Pift. The horn, 1 tay: Farewell. hope, till the wicked fire of lus have melted him in Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by his own grease.Did you ever hear the like?
night: Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do of Page and Ford ditfers !--To thy great comfort
1105in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-bro- Away, fir corporal Nym.ther of thy letter: but let thine inherit firit; for, Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Exit Piful. I proteft, mine never thall. I warrant, he hath Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. a thousand of these letters, writ with blank space Nym. Speaking to l'agus) and this is true; I like for different names, (fure more) and there are of the not the lumour of lying. He hath wrongd me in second edition: He will print them out of doubt; fiome humours: I should bare boine the humour'd for he cares not what he puts into the 4 press, when letter to her; but I have a sword, and it shall bite he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, upon my neccility. He loves your wife; there's and lie under mount Puliva. Well, I will 6nd you the short and the long. Je ne is corporal Nym; twenty lascivious tuitles, ere one chatte man. peak, and I avouch. 'Tis true;--my name is
Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very fame; the rery Nyn, and Falstaff loves your wife.--Adieu! I love hand, the very words: What doth bu thiok of us? not the lumour of bread and chcere; and there's the Mrs. Page. Nay, I know nut: It makes me al- bunur of it. Adieu.
[Exit Nym. molt ready to wrangle with mine own honety. I'll Pal. Th: humour of it, quodh a'! here's a fellow entertain myself like one tha: I am not acquainted foighis humour out of 3 Wils. withal; for, sure, unless he knew fome frain in Ford. I u ill seek out Fuistaff. me, tut I know not myseli, líe would never have Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting boarded me in this fury.
rogue. Mrs. Ford. Buardins, call you it! l'a be sure to Ford. If I do find it, well. keep him above deck.
Page. I will not believe such a Catian 9, though Mrs. Puge. So will I; if he come under my che priett oʻthe town commended him for a true hatches, I'll never to fea again. Let's be reveng'di nian. on laim: let's appoint liim a meeting; give him a Tord. "Twas a good fenfible fellow: Well. ihow of contort in his fuit; and lead him on with Page flow now, Meg?
1 To back, is an expreslion ulud in another scene of this play, to fignifyio do mischief. The Corile of this pasage may therefore be, Thule knights are a riotous, diffolute fort of people, and on that account thou moulait : ot wish to be of the number. 2. That is, we have more prooi than we
3 A popular ballad of the fe times. + Press is used here ambiguously, for a press to print, and a press to loucere $ That is, the caution which ought to attend on it. 6 A curtail-idog was a dog whoreuil, by ihe lau's of the forcji, was cut off, from his belonging to an unqualitied person. 7 A medley:' s By a luittalig fome kind of sharper was probably meant.
Mrs.P.292. Whither goyou, George :--Hark you. for Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French
Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art doctor. Choru melancholy?
Ford. Good mine hoft o' the Garter, a word with Ford. I melanchoiy! I am not melancholy. Get you. you home, go.
Hof. What say'st thou, bully-rook? Mrs. Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in thy
[They go a litrle afide. head now.- vill you go, miítrcís Page ?
Sb.:2. [To Page.] Will you go with us to behold Virs. Page. Have with you. You'll come to it! My merry hot hah had the mealuring of their dinner, George :-Loui, who comes yonder: she weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them full be our messenger to this paltry knigi. contrary places : for, believe me, I hear the par
[-thiete i Virs. Ford. fon is no jefter. Hark, I will tell you what our Enter Wifire Quickly!
1port all be. Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thougit on her: ine'll fieit. 110ft. IIalt thou no suit against my knight, my
Mirs. Page. You are come to see my daughter suelt-cavalier ? Anne!
Ford. None, I pretest: but i'll give you a Cuir. Ay, forsooth: And, I pray, how does good pottie of burni fack to give me recourse to him, mitrets Anne:
and tell him, my name is Brook, only fôr ajett. Mir. Page. Go in with us, and fee; we have an Hei. My hand, bully : thou shalt have egress hour's talk with you.
and regress; faid I well ? and thy name shall be [Ex. Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quickly. Prook : It is a merry Knight. Will you go anPage. How now, matter Ford ?
heirs 2? Food. You heard what this knave told me; clid Shal. Hare with you, mine hoft.
Puge. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Pisme. Yes; and you heard what the otirer told me skill in his rapier. Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? Sbal. Tut, fir, I could have told you more: In
Pig. Hang’em, fiaves! I do not think the knight these times you stand on distance, your patres, 1:ocwould offer it: but there, that accuse him in his in- cado's, anul I know not what : 'tis the heart, matent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded ter Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the time, met; very rogues', now they be out of service. with my long fuvord?, I would have made you four Ford. Were they his men ?
tall fellow's ikip like rats. Page. Marry, were they.
Hojl. Here, buys, here, here ! shall we wag ? Ford. I like it never the better for that. Does Paz. Have with you :--I had rather hear them he lie at the Garter?
ícold i han fight. [Exeunt Holi, Shallow & Pags. Page. Ay, marry, does he. if he should in Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand tend his voyage towards my wife, I would turn her o firinly on luis wife's frailty 4, yet I cannot put off lale to him; and what he gets more of her than my opinion so easily: She was in his company aç Tarp words, let it lie on my head.
Page's house; and, what they made there, I know Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife ; but I would not. Well, I will look further into 't: and I be luth to turn them together : A man may be too hue a disguise to found Falstaff: If I find her hoconfident : I would have nothing lie on my head: neit, I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, I cannot be thus fatisfied.
'tis labour well bestow'd.
Exit, Page. Look, where my ranting host of the
S CE N E II. Guter comes : there is either liquor in his pete, or
100 Garter inn.
Enter Faljiaff and Pifol.
Fal. I will not lend thee a penny. Hif. How, now, bully-rook? thou'rt a gen Vill. Why, then the world's mine oysters, which tlemin : cavalero-juitice, I say.
I with sword will open. I will retort the sum in Sbal. I follow, mine hoit, I follow. Good equrage. even, and twenty, good master l'age! Maiter Ful. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, Page, will you go with us? we have sport in you should lay my countenance to pawn : I have hand.
grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for Hojl. Tell him, cavalero-justice ; tell him, bully- you and your coach-fellow, Nym; or elte you had rook!
look'd through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. Shile Sir, there is a fray to be fought between 1 am damn'd in hell, for íwearing to gentlemen,
I 'That is, cheats. 2 This passage is evidently obscure. Mr. Steevens proposes to read, Will you go on, hearts ? in confirmation of which conjecture, he observes, that the Holt calls Dr. Caius Heart of Elder; and adds, in a subsequent scene of this play, Farewell, my hearts, 3 Before the introduction of rapiers, the swords in ufe were of an enorinous length. Shallow here censures the innovation of lighter weapons. 4 To stand on any ohing, figuities to infif on it. To Ford, who is jealous, all chastity in women appears as frailty. s Dr. Gray fuppotes Shakspeare to allude to an oid proverb, " The mayor of Northampton opens ovjlers with his dagger :' that is, to keep them at a lufficient distance from his nose, that town being tourscore miles from the fca. Dr. Warburton conjectures the meaning of this to be, I will pay you again in stolen goods; and his opinion is confined by that of Mr. Farinci,
my friends, you were good foldiers, and tall I fellows: Fal. Well : mistress Ford ;
-what of her and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her Quic. Why, fir, The's a good creature.
Lord, fa?, I took 't upon mine honour, thou hadīt it lord? your worlhip's a wanton : Well, heaver not.
forgive you, and all of us, I pray! Pift. Didst thou not share? hads thou not fifteen Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford,
Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou, you have brought her into such a canaries', as ʼtis I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, hang no wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when more about me, I am no gibbet for you :--30.- the court lay a: Windsor, could never have brought A fhort knife and a thong,—to your manor of her to such a Canary. Yet there has heen knights, Pickt-hatch 3, go.—You'll not bear a letter for me, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I you rogue !--you stand upon your honour ! warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as gift after gift ; smelling so sweetly, (all musk) and I can do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. to runing, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in I, I, I myself sometimes leaving the fear of hea- íuch alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar ven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in of the best, and the fairest, that would have won my necessity, am fain to shuffe, to hedge, and to any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they lurch ; and yet you, rogue, will ensconce 4 your could never get an eye-wink of heç--I had myielf rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattices twenty angels given me this morning : but I defy phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the all angels, (in any such fort as they say) but in the Thelter of your honour ! You will not do it, you? way of honesty :--and, I warrant you, they could
Pift. I do relent : what wouldīt thou more of never get her so much as fip on a cup with the man?
proudest of them all: and yet there has been tarls, Enter Robin.
nay, which is more, pensioners ? ; but, I warrant Rcb. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. you, all is one with her. Ial. Let her approach.
Ful. But what says the to me? be brief, my Enter Myerdi Quickly.
good the Mercury. Quic. Give your worship good-morrow. Quic. Marry, she hath receiv'd your letter; for Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.
the which she thanks you a thoutand times : and Quic. Not so, an't please your worship. the gives you to notify, that her husband will be Fal. Good maid, then.
absence from his house between ten and eleven. Quic. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the first Fal. Ten and eleven. hour I was born.
Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may coma Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me and iee the picture, she says, that you wots of;
Quiç. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or -matter Ford, her husband, will be from home. two?
Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him i Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll he's a very jealousy man ; fhe leads a very framvouchsafe thee the hearing.
pold 9 life with him, good heart. Quir. There is one mistress Ford, sir ;-- I pray, Fal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commerd me come a little nearer this ways :-I myself dwell to her; I will not fail her. with master doctor Caius.
Suic. Why, you say well : But I have another Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say,--- meilenger to your worthip: Mittress Page has her
Quic. Your worship says very true : I pray your hearty commendations to you too ;---and let me till worship, come a little nearer this ways.
you in your car, she's as fartuous a civil modest Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears;—-mine own wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you people, mine own people.
morning nor evenir.g prayer, as any is in Windior, Quic. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and whae'er be the other : and she bride me tell your make them his fervants !
worship, that her husound is seldom from home;
1 A all fellow, in the time of our author, meant, a jout, bold, or courageous person.
2 Fans, in Shak/peare's time, were more costly than they are at present, as well as of a different coulitrullion. They consisted of oltrich fcathers, or others of equal length and ilexibility) which were Ituck into handles. The richer fort of these were composed of gold, silver, or ivory of curious workmanship. The sum of forty pounds was sometimes given for a fan in the time of qucia blizabe:b. 3 A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. Picht-hatch probably is derived irom the pickes placed upon the hatches of the doors of the bawdy-houses of those times; a precaution which perhaps the unfeasonable and obftreperous irruptions of the gallans of that age might render neceffary. fionce is a petty fortification : to enfonce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. S Your ale-houle conversation. Red latice at the doors and windows, were formerly the external insignia of an alehouse. Hence the prefent chequers; and it is very remarkable, that faops, with the tign of the thequers, were common among the Romans. 6 This is the naine of a briik light dance, and not therefore improperly used in vulgar language for any hurry or perturbation : perhaps, however, it is not improbable, that canaries is only a mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quandanes. ? A penjioner, in those times, meant a gentleman always attendant upon the person of ihe prince.
$ To uotis to know. 9 Ray fays, that framgaid, or framgard, lignities freisul, peeviji, C70, froward,
but the hopes, there will come a time. I never Ford. I make bold, to press with lo little prepaknew a woman to dote upon a mian ; surely, 1 ration upon you. think you have charms, la; yes, in truth.
Fai. You're welcome : What's your will? Give Fal. Not I, I assure thee ; setting the atti action us leave, drawer.
[E:it Bardolph. of my good parts aside, I liave no other chums. Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent W. Blurling on your heart for 't.
much; my name is Brook. Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Fal. Good matter Brook, I desire more ac. vife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how quaintance of you. they love me?
Ford. Good fir John, I sue for yours : not to Opic. That were a jest, indeed !-they have not charge you6; for I must let you understand, I jo little grace, I hope :—that were a trick, indeed! think myself in better plight for a lender than you Eui m'fiets Page would defire you to send her are: the which hath something embolden d me to
of all loves ' ; her husband has a this unicafon’d intrusion; for they say, if money marvellous infection to the little page ; and, truly, go before, all ways do lie open. mater Pige is an honest man. Nerer a wife in Fol. Money is a good soldier, fir, and will on. Widior leads a better life than the does; do what Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here the will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, fir to bed when she list, rise when the liit, all is as John, take all, or half, for casing me of the carriage, she wiil; and, truly, she deserves it ; for if there Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be be a kind woman in Windfor, the is one, You your porter. mut send her your page; no remedy.
Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the Fl. Wby, I wil.
hearing. Quis. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, he Fal. Speak, good malter Brook; I juall be glad may come and go between you butii; and, in any to be your servant. cale, have a nay-word 2, that you may know one Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will be another's mind, and the boy never need to under- brief with you :--and you have been a man long fiind any thing; for 'tis not good that children known to me, though I had never so good means, mould know any wickeinets : old folks, you know, as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I hare difcretion, as they say, and know the world. shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very
Fal. Fire thee well: commend me to them much lay open mine own imperfection: but, good bath: there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.-- fir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as Boy, go along with this woman. -This news you hear them unfolded, turn ancther into the re, dirts me!
[Fixeunt buickly and kobin. gister of your own; that I may pass with a reproof Lit. This pink 3 is one of Cupid's carriers :-- the cafier, fith 7 you yourself know, how easy it is Con more fuils ; pursue ; up with your fights 4; to be such an offender. Give fire; the is my prize, or vean wheim them Tal. Very well, fır; procecd. all !
[Exit Pistol Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her Fil. S.v'it thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; 10 huit and's name is Ferd. make more of thy old bully than I have done. Will Fal. Well, fir, they yet look after thee; Wilt thou, 'ster the ex Ford. I live long lor'd her, and, I proiest to you, pence of so much money, be now a gainer ? Good heftou'd much on her; follow'd her with a doting budy, I thank thee : let themian, 'tis gruilly done, observance; engrofs'd opportunities to mect her; 10 it be fairly done, no matter.
ice'd every night occafion, that could bui niggardly Erter Bardc'ph.
give me sight of her; not only bought many presents Pard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below to give her, but have given largely to many, to know would fein speak with you, and be acquainted with her, as iure hath pursued me; which hath been, on
what she would have given : briefly, I have pursued you; and hath sent your worihip a morning's the wing of all occasions. But whatsoever I have draught of fack. Fal. Brook, is his name?
merited, cither in my mind, or in my means, meed 8, Bard. Ay, fir.
I am sure, I have received none; unless experience Fei. Call him in : [Exit Bardolph.] Such Brooks and that hath taught ine to fay this ;
be a jewel; that I have purchas'd at an infinite rates are welcome to me, that c'erflow such liquor. Ah! ah! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have I en
Love lik: a fisadow fiies, when fubfiance love pursues
Pursuing har that lies, and jiying ubnt pursues. compars'd you go to; vias!
Ful. Have you receiv'd no promise of satisfaction Rr-enter Bardolpb with Ford disguis’d. at her hands? Ford. Bless you, sir.
Ford. Never. Fal. And you, fır: Would you speak with me? Ful. Have yon importun'd her to such a purpose ?
1 Of all loves, signifies no more than to send him by all means. 2 That is, a watch-word. 3 A pink is a vesses of the imall craft, eniployed as a carrier for merchants. 4 Fights are cloaths hung round the ship to conceal the men fram the enemiy, and close-ughts are bulk-heads, or any other thelter ihat the fabrick of a ship affords, 5 A cant phrale of cxultation common in the old plays, o cacing; get with a view of putting you to expence, 7 That is, since $ That is, reward,
Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knare! I know Fal. Of what quality was your love then? him not :---yet I wrong him to call hintmar; they
Ford. Like a fair house, built upon ancther man's say, the jealous wittoly knave hath malik of money ; ground; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistaking for the which, his wife seems to me well-favour d. the place where I erected it.
I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly rogue's Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this coffer; and there's my harvest-home. to me?
Ford. I would you knew Ford, fir; that you might Fordt, When I have told you that, I have told avoid him, if you saw him. you all. Some say, that, though she appear honett Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! I to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth will ftare him out of his wits; I will awe him with so far, that there is shrewd construction made my cudgel; it hall hang like a meteor o'er the of her. Now, fir John, here is the heart of my cuckold's horns: master Brouk, thou shalt know, I purpose: You are a gentleman of excellent breed- will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt ing, admirable discourse, of great admittance ?, au- lye with his wife.-Come to me foon at night :thentic in your place and person, generally allow'da Ford 's a knave, aod I will aggravate his stile; thou, for your many war-like, court-like, and learned master Brook, shalt know hin for knave and cuckpreparations.
old:--come to me soon at night.
[Exit. Fal. O fir!
Ford. What a damn'd Epicurean rascal is this ! Ford. Believe it, for you know it:—There is My heart is ready to crack with impatience.-Who money; spend it, spend it; spend more; spend all lays, this is improvident jealousy? my wife hath sent I have; only give me so much of your time in ex- to him, the hour is fix’l, the match is made : change of it, as to lay an amiable fiege to the ho-Would any man have thought this? See the hell of nesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing, having a false woman! my bed shall be abus'd, my win her to consent to you; if any man may, you coffers ransack’d, my reputation gnawn at; and I may as soon as any.
ihall not only receive this villainous wrong, but Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemence of fand under the adoption of abominable terms, anál your affection, that I should win what you would by him that does me this wrong. Terms! names ! enjoy? methinks, you prescribe to yourself very - Amaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; Barbapreposterously.
fon, well; yet they are devils' additions, the names Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so fe- of fiends: but cuckold! witrol! cuckold! the devil curely on the excellency of her honour, that the himself huth not such a name. Page is an ass, a folly of my soul dares not present itself; she is too secure afs; he will trust his wife, he will not be bright to be look'd againit. Now, could I come to jealous: I will rather truft a Fleming with my her with any detection my hand, my desires had butter, parfo: Hugh the Welchman with my cheere, 3 instance and argument to commend themselves; an Irishman with my aqua vitæ bottle, or a thief to I could drive her then from the ward + of her purity, walk my ambling gelding, than my wife with herher reputation, her marriage-vow, and a thousand self; then the plots, then the suminates, then the other her defences, which now are too too strongly devises: and what they think in their hearts they embattled against me; What say you to't, fir John? may etfect, they will break their hearts but they
Fal. Maiter Brook, I will first make bold with will effect. Heaven be prais'd for my jealousy! your money; next, give me your hand; and lait, as Eleven o'clock the hour ;--I will prevent this, deI am a gentleman, you shall, if you wil, enjoy tect my wife, be reveng'd on Falstaff, and laugh at Ford's wife.
Page: I will about it;-better three hours too toon, Ford. () good fir!
than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! cuckold! Fal. Mafter Brook, I say you fall.
cuckold! cuckold !
(Exita Ford. Want no money, for John, you shall want
SCENE III. Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, you
Wador park. shallwant one. I fall be with her (I may tell you)
Erter Caius and Rugby by her own appointment; even as you came in to Caius. Jack Rugby! me, her affilant, or go-between, parted from me: I
Rug. Sir. say, I shall be with her between ten and eleven; for Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack? at that time the jealous rascally knave, her husband, Rug. 'Tis past the hour, fir, that for Hugh pro, will be forth. Come you to me at night ; you shall mis’d to meet. know how I speed.
Caius. By gar, he has fave his soul, dat he is no Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no come: knowy Ford, fır?
by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if he be come,
** Meaning, admitted into ail, or the greatest companies. is example. 4 Meaning, the defence of it,
2 Allowed is approved.