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Henry IV, Part 2
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Henry IV, Part 2, continues the story of Henry IV, Part I. Northumberland learns that his son Hotspur is dead, and…

Induction

Following the battle of Shrewsbury (where King Henry and Prince Hal were victorious and Hotspur killed), Rumor spreads the false…

Act 1, scene 1

Northumberland, who had pleaded illness as an excuse for not appearing at the battle of Shrewsbury, learns that his son,…

Act 1, scene 2

Sir John Falstaff is confronted by the Lord Chief Justice. Since Falstaff has come away from Shrewsbury with the reputation…

Act 1, scene 3

At York, the Archbishop discusses with Mowbray, Hastings, and Lord Bardolph whether they can defeat the king’s forces if their…

Act 2, scene 1

Sir John is arrested for the debt he owes Mistress Quickly. He persuades her to drop the charges and to…

Act 2, scene 2

Learning that Falstaff will be dining that night in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins decide to disguise themselves as waiters…

Act 2, scene 3

Northumberland is persuaded by his daughter-in-law, Hotspur’s widow, to abandon the other rebels.

Act 2, scene 4

At Mistress Quickly’s inn in Eastcheap, a fight erupts after Falstaff ’s ensign, Pistol, insults Doll Tearsheet. The disguised Prince Hal…

Act 3, scene 1

An ill and anxious King Henry IV consults with Warwick.

Act 3, scene 2

On his journey through Gloucestershire, Falstaff selects recruits for the army and decides that, on his return, he will fleece…

Act 4, scene 1

The leaders of the rebellion reach Gaultree Forest, where they present their grievances to Westmoreland. After Prince John promises redress…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff meets a rebel knight, who surrenders to him. When Prince John reproaches Falstaff for his late arrival, Falstaff turns…

Act 4, scene 3

Just after receiving the good news about the defeat of all the rebel forces, Henry IV falls into a swoon….

Act 5, scene 1

Falstaff observes Shallow and his servants in order to be ready to entertain Prince Hal with amusing stories.

Act 5, scene 2

Prince Hal reassures an anxious Lord Chief Justice.

Act 5, scene 3

On the news of Henry IV’s death, Falstaff and Shallow set off joyfully for London.

Act 5, scene 4

Doll Tearsheet is arrested.

Act 5, scene 5

The newly crowned King Henry V keeps his word to the Lord Chief Justice.

Epilogue

The speaker apologizes for the play and promises another play with Falstaff in it.

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Characters in the Play
Rumor, Presenter of the Induction
King Henry IV, formerly Henry Bolingbroke
Prince Hal, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, later King Henry V
John of Lancaster
Thomas of Clarence
Humphrey of Gloucester
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younger sons of King Henry IV
Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy
Northumberland’s wife
Lady Percy, widow of Hotspur
Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York
Lord Mowbray
Lord Hastings
Lord Bardolph
Travers
Morton
Sir John Colevile
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in rebellion against
King Henry IV
Earl of Westmoreland
Earl of Warwick
Earl of Surrey
Sir John Blunt
Gower
Harcourt
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supporters of King Henry IV
Lord Chief Justice
Sir John Falstaff
Poins
Bardolph
Peto
Pistol
Falstaff’s Page
Hostess of the tavern (also called Mistress Quickly)
Doll Tearsheet
Justice Robert Shallow
Justice Silence
Davy, servant to Shallow
Mouldy
Shadow
Wart
Feeble
Bullcalf
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men of Gloucestershire
Fang
Snare
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London officers
Epilogue
Drawers, Musicians, Beadles, Grooms, Messenger, Soldiers, Lords, Attendants, Page, Porter, Servants, Officers