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“No one in the play understands Falstaff fully, any more than Hamlet was understood by the persons around him. They are both men of genius.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————- I’ve decided to give the last word on Act Five and the Rejection of Falstaff to one of my favorite critics of Shakespeare. A.C. Bradley, who gave this … Continue reading

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“I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams In my last post we looked at Marjorie Garber’s take on Act Five and the rejection of Falstaff – basically, that in order to assume his role as “king” … Continue reading

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“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Five:  As reports spread that Hal has inherited the throne, the courtiers question his ability.  Falstaff certainly believes that his friend has no intention whatsoever of reforming, … Continue reading

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“How I came by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Four:  York, Mowbray and Hastings, commanding the rebel forces in Gaultres Forest, are unimpressed by Northumberland’s flight to Scotland.  When they address their grievances to Hal’s brother, Prince John … Continue reading

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“We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow,”

Henry IV Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  The pressures of kingship (as well as the guilt of the usurpation) are obviously taking their toll on King Henry.  Unable to sleep, he reflects ruefully with Warwick … Continue reading

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“By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame/So idly to profane the precious time.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Two:  Mistress Quickly attempts to have Falstaff arrested for fraud, but he manages (yet again) to talk his way out of it by renewing his promise to marry her, … Continue reading

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