Henry V

Nay, sure, he's not in hell: he's in Art

Nell (Hostess)

Henry V

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Age Range
Act 2 Scene 4
Time & Place
England, fifteenth-century
Time Period
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Monologue Context

Nell Quickly is discussing the death of Falstaff. She does not mourn him as her husband, Pistol,

Monologue Text

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.

William Shakespeare Henry V Act 2 sc.4 ll.9-25

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