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Send him packing Introduction

I'm Falstaff. I'm always looking for a good time, and I'll lie, cheat, and steal to get a pile of cash or a good drink. And you know what I think?

What doth gravity out of his bed at midnight? Shall
I give him his answer?

Prithee, do, Jack.

'Faith, and I'll send him packing. (2.4.287-290)

Who Said It and Where

Falstaff is an old, fat, disgraced knight who just happens to be Prince Hal's partner in crime. He trash talks and celebrates his way through life—in between naps, of course. A larger than life figure, he's one of Shakespeare's most popular and studied figures. We first meet him in Henry IV Part I, where he is spending most of his time at the tavern, drinking himself under the table.

Prince Hal is rebelling against his dad. Sound familiar? We've all been there. Except Hal's dad is the king and makes it abundantly clear to Hal that he's got to stop messing around and become more regal. But Hal doesn't listen. He hangs out with Falstaff and his buddies at a tavern in Eastcheap (a seedy neighborhood in London). He's what you might call a party-boy prince.

In this scene, Hal's dad has sent a messenger to fetch Hal. The Hostess, Mistress Quickly, comes in with news that a messenger's at the tavern door and wants to speak with Prince Hal on behalf of the king. Not to worry. Falstaff says he'll talk to the guy and "send him packing."

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