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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 75 pages of information about The Merry Wives of Windsor.

How now, Master Fenton!

Anne
Pardon, good father! good my mother, pardon!

Page
Now, Mistress, how chance you went not with Master Slender?

Mrs. Page
Why went you not with Master Doctor, maid?

Fenton
You do amaze her:  hear the truth of it. 
You would have married her most shamefully,
Where there was no proportion held in love. 
The truth is, she and I, long since contracted,
Are now so sure that nothing can dissolve us. 
The offence is holy that she hath committed,
And this deceit loses the name of craft,
Of disobedience, or unduteous title,
Since therein she doth evitate and shun
A thousand irreligious cursed hours,
Which forced marriage would have brought upon her.

Ford
Stand not amaz’d:  here is no remedy: 
In love, the heavens themselves do guide the state: 
Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate.

Falstaff
I am glad, though you have ta’en a special stand
to strike at me, that your arrow hath glanced.

Page
Well, what remedy?—­Fenton, heaven give thee joy! 
What cannot be eschew’d must be embrac’d.

Falstaff
When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are chas’d.

Mrs. Page
Well, I will muse no further.  Master Fenton,
Heaven give you many, many merry days! 
Good husband, let us every one go home,
And laugh this sport o’er by a country fire;
Sir John and all.

Ford
Let it be so.  Sir John,
To Master Brook you yet shall hold your word;
For he, to-night, shall lie with Mistress Ford.

[Exeunt.]

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