Tudor Dialect Exercises

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MALE:

Milady, wherefore com'st thou at me in such a haste?

FEMALE:

Oh, quickly, quickly, goodly sir, canst thou tell me where be the privy?

MALE:

Alas, fair maid, I know not.

FEMALE:

Fie! What a dolt thou art! 'Tis but meet that every man should know of such base matters as that! Art thou a twit?

MALE:

A what?

FEMALE:

Twit, man, twit. Forsooth, thou knowest what be that, at least.

MALE:

Nay, madam, 'tis a word beyond my lowly comprehension.

FEMALE:

'Sblood, thou varlet! Thou base, miserable peasant! 'Tis a word of the King's own making, and for no less a personage as thee! Why, were I not a woman, I would give thee such a clout about thy noggin as thou wouldst ne'er recover, I warrant thee!

MALE:

Be not so furious, madam! I am not to blame for mine ignorance! Why, wouldst thou smite a child for his innocence?

FEMALE:

Fie, away with thee, vile villain; hie thee hence! I shall find the privy by mine own accord!


Vocabulary Used:

Tudor Word

Modern Translation

Hi thee hence

Go away

Privy

Restroom

Wherefore

Why

I warrant thee

For sure, or certainly

Fie, forsooth

Mild oaths

'Sboold

By God's Blood (an oath)

Varlet, Peasant, Villain

Contemptuous terms of address

Clout

Knock or hit

Noggin

Head


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