Henry IV, Part 1
 Act 2, Scene 4

Enter Prince Henry and Poins
Prince Henry
With three or four loggerheads amongst three or four
score hogsheads. I have sounded the very
base-string of humility. Sirrah, I am sworn brother
to a leash of drawers; and can call them all by
their christen names, as Tom, Dick, and Francis.
They take it already upon their salvation, that
though I be but the prince of Wales, yet I am king
of courtesy; and tell me flatly I am no proud Jack,
like Falstaff, but a Corinthian, a lad of mettle, a
good boy, by the Lord, so they call me, and when I
am king of England, I shall command all the good
lads in Eastcheap. They call drinking deep, dyeing
scarlet; and when you breathe in your watering, they
cry “hem!” and bid you play it off. To conclude, I
am so good a proficient in one quarter of an hour,
that I can drink with any tinker in his own language
during my life. I tell thee, Ned, thou hast lost
much honour, that thou wert not with me in this sweet
action. But, sweet Ned,—to sweeten which name of
Ned, I give thee this pennyworth of sugar, clapped
even now into my hand by an under-skinker, one that
never spake other English in his life than “Eight
shillings and sixpence” and “You are welcome,” with
this shrill addition, “Anon, anon, sir! Score a pint
of bastard in the Half-Moon,” or so. But, Ned, to
drive away the time till Falstaff come, I prithee,
do thou stand in some by-room, while I question my
puny drawer to what end he gave me the sugar; and do
thou never leave calling “Francis,” that his tale
to me may be nothing but “Anon.” Step aside, and
I’ll show thee a precedent.

Enter Francis
Prince Henry
Here they both call him; the drawer stands amazed, not knowing which way to go

Enter Vintner
Re-enter Poins
Enter Falstaff, Gadshill, Bardolph, and Peto; Francis following with wine
Enter Hostess
A knocking heard
Exeunt Hostess, Francis, and Bardolph
Re-enter Bardolph, running
Re-enter the Hostess
Carrier
                As fat as butter.

Exeunt Sheriff and Carrier
Exeunt
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