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Prince Hal Timeline and Summary

  • 1.2.1: At his bachelor pad in London, Hal chills with Falstaff and Poins. They plan a robbery at Gads Hill.
  • 1.2.29: Hal delivers a shocking speech to the audience and reveals he's not really a degenerate – he's pretending to be a low-life for now. Later, when the time is right, he'll shock the nation by revealing his true, glorious nature.
  • 2.1.1: Hal convenes with his boys on the road at Gads Hill. Hal and Poins hide in the bushes and don disguises while Falstaff's crew robs the king's exchequer (treasury).
  • 2.1.12: Hal and Poins jump out the bushes, wearing their disguises, and rob Falstaff and company of their stolen loot.
  • 2.4.1. Hal chills at the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap London and brags to Poins about being chummy with the commoners. But, then, he plays a mean trick on Francis.
  • 2.4.28: Hal eggs on Falstaff, who lies about what really happened at Gads Hill. Finally, Hal reveals it was he and Poins who robbed Falstaff.
  • 2.4.53: Hal learns about the brewing rebellion and is told that his father, the king, has summoned him to the palace.
  • 2.4.55: Hal practices what he'll say to his dad by play-acting with Falstaff (who plays King Henry) in the infamous tavern scene.
  • 2.4.59: Hal says Falstaff stinks at playing the role of "king" (he doesn't – Hal's just being a jerk) and trades roles with his pal.
  • 2.4.66: Playing the role of his old man (King Henry IV), Hal bags on Falstaff. When Falstaff (playing the role of Prince Hal) says "please, daddy, don't banish Falstaff," Hal ruthlessly replies, "I do. I will."
  • 2.4.70: Hal protects Falstaff when the sheriff comes looking for the thief who robbed the king's exchequer at Gads Hill.
  • 2.4.78: Hal tells Petro they will all have to go to war soon (to fight the rebels) and promises to hook up his buddies with cushy military positions.
  • 3.2.1: At the castle, King Henry lays into Hal for acting like a degenerate and hanging out with losers. Hal says he'll redeem his honor by killing Hotspur.
  • 3.2.4: King Henry puts Hal in charge of troops.
  • 3.3.13: Prince Hal tells Falstaff that he's paid back the money they stole from the king's exchequer at Gads Hill and makes Falstaff a Captain.
  • 4.2.1: Near Coventry (on the way to Shrewsbury), Falstaff meets up with Falstaff and notes that Falstaff's soldiers are scraggly looking.
  • 5.1.1: In an attempt to save the lives of troops on both sides of the war, Hal issues a challenge to Hotspur (through Worcester) for a man-on-man combat, winner takes all.
  • 5.3.1: On the battlefield, Hal yells at Falstaff for messing around and not taking the battle seriously.
  • 5.4.1: Hal has been wounded, but he's a trooper and stays on the field of battle.
  • 5.4.5: Hal saves his father's life by chasing off Douglas before he can kill the king.
  • 5.4.6: Hal says, "Aw, shucks" when his dad praises him. Hal says the ugly rumors about him wanting his father dead are untrue. Hal has redeemed himself in the eyes of the king.
  • 5.4.8: Hal faces Hotspur and kills him.
  • 5.4.10: Hal stands over Hotspur's body and praises the warrior.
  • 5.4.13: When Hal sees Falstaff with Hotspur's dead body over his shoulder, he tells Falstaff that he (Hal) killed Hotspur. When Falstaff lies and says he (Falstaff) killed young Percy, Hal lets it go.
  • 5.5.1: Prince Hal decides to release Douglas (whose been captured in battle) because the Scotsman has fought bravely.
  • 5.5.3: King Henry says he and Hal will ride to Wales to mop the floor with Glendower and Mortimer.