32 Facts About John Falstaff


Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare and is eulogised in a fourth.

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John Falstaff's significance as a fully developed character is primarily formed in the plays Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, where he is a companion to Prince Hal, the future King Henry V of England.

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John Falstaff is featured as the buffoonish suitor of two married women in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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John Falstaff leads the apparently wayward Prince Hal into trouble, and is ultimately repudiated after Hal becomes king.

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John Falstaff has since appeared in other media, including operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Otto Nicolai, and in Orson Welles' 1966 film Chimes at Midnight.

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John Falstaff appears in three of Shakespeare's plays: Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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John Falstaff's death is mentioned in Henry V, but he has no lines, nor is it directed that he appear on stage.

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John Falstaff has become an object of scorn to the nobility and his worthiness to succeed his father is doubted.

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John Falstaff enjoys insulting his dissolute friend and makes sport of him.

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John Falstaff, who has "misused the King's press damnably", by taking money from able-bodied men who wished to evade service and by keeping the wages of those he recruited who were killed in battle is obliged to play a role in the Battle of Shrewsbury.

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However, unlike Part One, Hal's and John Falstaff's stories are almost entirely separate, as the two characters meet only twice and very briefly.

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John Falstaff is still drinking and engaging in petty criminality in the London underworld.

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John Falstaff first appears, followed by a new character, a young page whom Prince Hal has assigned him as a joke.

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John Falstaff delivers one of his most characteristic lines: "I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.

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John Falstaff then complains of his insolvency, blaming it on "consumption of the purse.

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John Falstaff then adopts the pretense of being a much younger man than the Chief Justice: "You that are old consider not the capacities of us that are young.

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John Falstaff has a relationship with Doll Tearsheet, a prostitute, who gets into a fight with Ancient Pistol, Falstaff's ensign.

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John Falstaff is embarrassed when his derogatory remarks are overheard by Hal, who is present disguised as a musician.

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John Falstaff tries to talk his way out of it, but Hal is unconvinced.

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When news of a second rebellion arrives, John Falstaff joins the army again, and goes to the country to raise forces.

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John Falstaffmade a finer end, and went away an it had been anychristom child.

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John Falstaff parted ev'n just between twelveand one, ev'n at the turning o' th' tide; for after I sawhim fumble with the sheets and play with flowersand smile upon his finger's end, I knew there wasbut one way, for his nose was as sharp as a pen andhe talked of green fields.

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John Falstaff went on feeling him and said the when the coldness reached his heart, he would be gone.

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John Falstaff decides to send the women identical love letters and asks his servants – Pistol and Nym – to deliver them to the wives.

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John Falstaff offers to pay Falstaff to court her, saying that once she has lost her honour he will be able to tempt her himself.

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John Falstaff cannot believe his luck, and tells 'Brook' he has already arranged to meet Mistress Ford while her husband is out.

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John Falstaff leaves to keep his appointment and Ford soliloquises that he is right to suspect his wife and that the trusting Page is a fool.

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When John Falstaff arrives to meet Mistress Ford, the merry wives trick him into hiding in a laundry basket full of filthy, smelly clothes awaiting laundering.

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Again John Falstaff goes to meet the women but Mistress Page comes back and warns Mistress Ford of her husband's approach again.

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John Falstaff'storical Oldcastle was a Lollard who was executed for heresy and rebellion, and he was respected by many Protestants as a martyr.

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The historical John Falstaff Fastolf fought at the Battle of Patay against Joan of Arc, which the English lost.

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John Falstaff was among the few English military leaders to avoid death or capture during the battle, and although there is no evidence that he acted with cowardice, he was temporarily stripped of his knighthood.

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