From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sir John Falstaff Timeline and Summary

  • 2.1: We learn from Falstaff's page (an unnamed Boy), that Falstaff is at death's door. Mistress Quickly, Pistol, and Nim declare that he must be dying of a broken heart.
  • 2.3: Pistol tells us that Falstaff is dead. We learn that he's been suffering from a venereal disease that finally took his life.
  • 2.3: We hear about Falstaff's final moments, where he thrashed about his bed with a terrible fever and raved like a lunatic about "the whore of Babylon."