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“I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  At midnight, Falstaff waits in the Park, disguised, as instructed, as Herne the Hunter – an ancient woodland spirit.  Just as Mistresses Ford and Page arrive, the … Continue reading

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“If it should come to the ear of the court how I have been transformed, and how my transformation hath been washed and cudgeled, they would melt me out of my fat drop by drop, and liquor fishermen’s boots with me.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————- Act Four:  At Ford’s house, Falstaff’s renewed attempt to seduce Mistress Ford is stalled once again by the arrival of Mistress Page, warning that an angry Ford is on … Continue reading

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“I had rather be set quick i’th’earth,/And bowled to death with turnips.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  the duel between Caius and Evans fails to occur when the Host of the Garter sends them to different places; reconciled, the two men agree to be … Continue reading

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“What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor?…Did you ever hear the like?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Mistresses Page and Ford have been sent identical love letters by Falstaff.  The two (not unlike, let’s say Lucy and Ethel), plot revenge:  they will pretend to … Continue reading

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“Briefly, I do mean to make love to Ford’s wife. I spy entertainment in her…”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Major Characters Townspeople of Windsor Margaret Page (the first “wife”) George Page, Margaret Page’s husband Anne Page, their daughter William Page, their son, a schoolboy Alice Ford (the second … Continue reading

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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 am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.”

Henry IV, Part Two Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS King Henry IV of England Prince Henry (known as Hal), later crowned King Henry V Hal’s brothers:  Prince John of Lancaster; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; Thomas, Duke of … Continue reading

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