Henry IV, Part II "You Lie In Your Throat"
by William Shakespeare

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"You Lie In Your Throat"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Falstaff is walking down the street with his page, who carries his sword and buckler. The page has just returned from consulting a doctor about Falstaff's health and he jokes with Falstaff about the doctor's report. Falstaff blusters, as usual. The Lord Chief Justice approaches, but Falstaff, in pique, will not see him. The Justice addresses Falstaff, but Falstaff, through his page, tells the Justice that he is deaf. The Justice has his servant pull at Falstaff's elbow; whereupon Falstaff berates him for being a beggar at a time when the king needs soldiers badly. Then master and the servant bluster at each other:


FALSTAFF
Why sir, did I say you were an honest man? Setting my knighthood and my soldiership aside, I had lied in my throat if I had said so.
SERVANT
I pray you sir, then set your knighthood and your soldiership aside, and give me leave to tell you, you lie in your throat, if you say I am any other than an honest man.