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The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act 5, scene 1

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In The Merry Wives of Windsor, fat, disreputable Sir John Falstaff pursues two housewives, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, who outwit…

Act 1, scene 1

Justice Shallow and his nephew Slender accompany Sir Hugh the parson to the Pages’ home. There they meet Sir John…

Act 1, scene 2

Sir Hugh sends Slender’s servant Simple with a letter to Mistress Quickly asking her to intercede with Anne Page on…

Act 1, scene 3

Falstaff, in desperate need of funds, dismisses his servant Bardolph, who enters the employ of the Host of the Garter….

Act 1, scene 4

Delivering Sir Hugh’s letter to Mistress Quickly, Simple is discovered by her employer Dr. Caius (another of Anne’s suitors). Furious…

Act 2, scene 1

Mistress Page and Mistress Ford compare their love letters from Falstaff and plot revenge against him. Pistol and Nym tell…

Act 2, scene 2

Falstaff receives Mistress Ford’s invitation to visit; he then accepts “Brook’s” money in exchange for his promise to compromise Mistress…

Act 2, scene 3

Dr. Caius responds furiously when Sir Hugh fails to meet him for their duel. The Host calms his anger by…

Act 3, scene 1

Page, Shallow, and Slender join Sir Hugh, who is waiting to fight Dr. Caius. When the Host brings Dr. Caius…

Act 3, scene 2

Ford, knowing of Falstaff’s visit to Mistress Ford, gathers as many men as he can to go with him to…

Act 3, scene 3

Mistress Ford and Mistress Page begin their revenge against Falstaff. As Falstaff joins Mistress Ford, Mistress Page enters with news…

Act 3, scene 4

Attempting to court Anne Page, Fenton is interrupted first by his rival Slender and then by a hostile Master and…

Act 3, scene 5

Falstaff agrees once again to visit Mistress Ford and again informs “Brook” of his plans.

Act 4, scene 1

William, the young son of Master and Mistress Page, is briefly tested on his Latin by Sir Hugh.

Act 4, scene 2

Visiting Mistress Ford, Falstaff is again interrupted by Mistress Page, again with news of Ford’s threatening approach. This time the…

Act 4, scene 3

Some Germans want to hire the Host’s horses.

Act 4, scene 4

Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, having fully disclosed their dealings with Falstaff to their husbands, conspire with them to humiliate…

Act 4, scene 5

The Host learns his horses have been stolen. Mistress Quickly approaches Falstaff with another invitation, this time to meet Mistress…

Act 4, scene 6

The Host is asked to arrange for a vicar to marry Anne to Fenton that night.

Act 5, scene 1

Falstaff, having agreed to meet Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, promises success to “Brook.”

Act 5, scene 2

Slender prepares to elope with Anne Page.

Act 5, scene 3

Dr. Caius waits to elope with Anne Page. Mistress Page and Mistress Ford follow their plan to torment Falstaff.

Act 5, scene 4

Sir Hugh and the “fairies” approach.

Act 5, scene 5

Falstaff is tormented by the “fairies” and then publicly humiliated. Slender and Dr. Caius enter in turn to report that…

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Scene 1
Enter Sir John Falstaff and Mistress Quickly.

FALSTAFF Prithee, no more prattling. Go. I’ll hold. This
 is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.
 Away, go. They say there is divinity in odd
 numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
5 Away.
MISTRESS QUICKLY I’ll provide you a chain, and I’ll do
 what I can to get you a pair of horns.
FALSTAFF Away, I say! Time wears. Hold up your head,
 and mince.Mistress Quickly exits.

Enter Ford disguised as Brook.

10 How now, Master Brook! Master Brook, the
 matter will be known tonight or never. Be you in
 the park about midnight, at Herne’s oak, and you
 shall see wonders.
FORD, as Brook Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as
15 you told me you had appointed?
FALSTAFF I went to her, Master Brook, as you see,
 like a poor old man, but I came from her, Master
 Brook, like a poor old woman. That same knave
 Ford, her husband, hath the finest mad devil of
20 jealousy in him, Master Brook, that ever governed
 frenzy. I will tell you, he beat me grievously,
 in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man,
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 Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver’s
 beam, because I know also life is a shuttle. I am in
25 haste. Go along with me; I’ll tell you all, Master
 Brook. Since I plucked geese, played truant, and
 whipped top, I knew not what ’twas to be beaten
 till lately. Follow me. I’ll tell you strange things of
 this knave Ford, on whom tonight I will be revenged,
30 and I will deliver his wife into your hand.
 Follow. Strange things in hand, Master Brook!
 Follow.
They exit.