Tudor Dialect Exercises

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PEASANT:

Good morrow, thy Majesty! How art thou, this day?

KING:

(Bellowing) Thou, varlet?!? What meanest thou?

QUEEN:

In sooth, we think he meant no harm, my husband. Perchance, he knows no better.

PEASANT:

Wherein did I err? I do not understand.

KING:

Then we shall resolve thee of this mystery. Harken thou: we are "you," and you are "thou."

QUEEN:

Aye. Or, rather, oui!

PEASANT:

What?!? I fear me we are, er, I am confused.

KING:

Wherefore art thou so querulous? 'Tis simple, man, as we do, in sooth, believe thou art to be.

PEASANT:

Both of you?

KING:

Now, concentrate, and we shall say it, again. We are "you," whereas you are "thou."

QUEEN:

Dost thou comprehend?

PEASANT:

Hold and let me have at it. Thou art me, I am thou and I am also we?

KING:

Knave! Axwaddle! Buffoon! Harken, I say! We are "you," and you are "thou!", you Stupid little git!

PEASANT:

That's what I said!

QUEEN:

Nay, good fellow, thou hast misunderstood my lord. We are not thou.

PEASANT:

Oh , that is a relief. For if thou wert me, and I thou, I daresay I should be better garbed

KING:

For once, thou art correct! Away, madam, lest we need the headsman's axe for all six of his heads!


Vocabulary Used::

Tudor Word

Perchance

Perhaps

Harken thou

Listen

Resolve thee of this mystery

Let me explain this to you

Querulous

Questioning

Axwaddle

Lazy person

Garbed

Dressed

Git

Worthless person


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