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Characters

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Mistress Alice Ford and Mistress Margaret Page

Okay, so this is really two characters—but, let's be honest: is there really any difference between them?The Real Housewives of Elizabethan EnglandAbout 400 years before reality TV set out to sho...

Sir John Falstaff

Falstaff is the outrageous, dirty rotten scoundrel who ate, drank, and trash-talked his way into our hearts in Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2. And people cannot get enough of this guy. Audienc...

Anne Page

Not yet 18 years old, Anne Page is the cute girl-next-door. Since being a teenager never stopped anyone from getting married in a Shakespeare play, Anne is pursued by three different guys all looki...

Master Fenton

If Anne Page is the play's ultimate bachelorette, then Fenton is Windsor's most eligible bachelor. As the Host points out, "he capers, he / dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he / spea...

Master Abraham Slender

Slender is one of Anne Page's reject suitors. He's boring, not too bright, acts like he's doing Anne a favor by trying to woo her, and has absolutely no idea how to talk to girls. We're not kidding...

Master Frank Ford

Frank Ford is a rich citizen of Windsor, married to one of the "merry wives" (that would be Mistress Ford).Deer In HeadlightsThe most important thing to know about Ford is that he runs around the p...

Master George Page

George Page is another rich citizen who's married to one of the "merry wives." (Mistress Page, duh.) He's a respected member of Windsor's community, likes to throw dinner parties featuring deer pot...

Mistress Quickly

If you've read Henry IV Part 1, you know that Mistress Quickly was the mistress of the Boar's Head Tavern, a seedy bar where all the local hoodlums hung out. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mistress...

Justice Robert Shallow

Shallow is Master Slender's uncle and a justice of the peace (aka local judge) in the "county of Gloucester" (1.1.4). He's always running around reminding everyone of his social status (just below...

Doctor Caius

Caius is the bad-tempered French doctor who wants to marry Anne Page. He's also Mistress Quickly's verbally abusive boss and could definitely use a session or two of anger management class. Like, n...

Sir Hugh Evans

Evans is Windsor's local parson (aka clergyman) and the town schoolmaster, and he loves being involved in the day-to-day lives of Windsor's citizens. He makes it his mission in life to help Slender...

Bardolph

Bardolph is a member of Falstaff's rowdy posse in Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. He's back for some more action in The Merry Wives of Windsor and hasn't changed much. In other words...

Pistol

Like Bardolph and Nim, Pistol is another "cony-catching rascal" and a member of Falstaff's crew of degenerates. Just as his name implies, Pistol has an explosive personality and a really, really, r...

Nim or Nym

In Elizabethan England, the word "nim" was slang for "to steal." That's perfect because this guy is a member of Falstaff's thieving, trash-talking posse—but not for long. After Nim and Pistol ref...

The Host

The Host runs a local hangout called the Garter Inn. It's not as seedy as, say, Hooters, but it's not exactly one of those family-friendly joints like Red Robin, either. Like a lot of barkeepers, t...

William Page

William Page is the young son of George and Margaret Page. Shakespeare isn't at all interested in developing his character but he does devote an entire scene (4.1) to little William getting grilled...

Children of Windsor

In Act 5, scene 5, a bunch of kids take part in the prank played on Falstaff: they dress up like fairies, head to the woods, and attack Falstaff by burning him with candles and pinching him with th...

Minor Characters

SimplePeter Simple is Master Slender's not-so-bright—ahem, simple—servant. He spends most of his time running errands and delivering messages for Slender and his pals.RobinRobin is Falstaff's e...
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