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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor


by William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor Marriage and Wealth Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line)

Quote #1

It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just as you will desire; and seven hundred pounds of moneys, and gold and silver, is her grandsire upon his death's-bed—Got deliver to a joyful resurrections—give, when she is able to overtake seven-teen years old: it were a goot motion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne Page. (1.1.42-48)

Ah, young love. Here, Evans is acting as matchmaker for Slender and Anne—or at least, a matchmaker for their wallets. Hey, hers is full and his is empty: they're made for each other.

Quote #2

Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred pound?

Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny.

I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts.

Seven hundred pounds and possibilities is goot [sic] gifts. (1.1.49-52)

Not only has Anne's grandfather left her a nice inheritance, but her dad is also rich, which means that Anne will have a big dowry when she gets hitched. (A "dowry" is just the money, goods, and/or property a woman brings to her husband when she's married.) Also, check out the repetition of "good gifts." Normally, when we say a person has "good gifts" we mean that he/she has good qualities (nice, pretty, smart, kind, etc.). When Evans says Anne's got "goot gifts" (in his thick Welsh accent), he's talking about the big, fat dowry her future husband will be gifted with.

Quote #3

I will marry her, sir, at your request: but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another; I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you say, "Marry her," I will marry her; that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. (1.1.206-211)

Here, Slender is grudgingly agreeing to marry Anne. And, whoops, we think he meant to say that heaven might "increase" (not "decrease") his "love" for Anne over time. Calling One Direction: we've got your next love song right here. Not.

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