Study Guide

The Merry Wives of Windsor Characters

By William Shakespeare

Mistress Alice Ford and Mistress Margaret Page

Okay, so this is really two characters—but, let's be honest: is there really any difference...

Sir John Falstaff

Falstaff is the outrageous, dirty rotten scoundrel who ate, drank, and trash-talked his way into...

Anne Page

Not yet 18 years old, Anne Page is the cute girl-next-door. Since being a teenager never stopped...

Master Fenton

If Anne Page is the play's ultimate bachelorette, then Fenton is Windsor's most eligible...

Master Abraham Slender

Slender is one of Anne Page's reject suitors. He's boring, not too bright, acts like he's doing...

Master Frank Ford

Frank Ford is a rich citizen of Windsor, married to one of the "merry wives" (that would be...

Master George Page

George Page is another rich citizen who's married to one of the "merry wives." (Mistress Page,...

Mistress Quickly

If you've read Henry IV Part 1, you know that Mistress Quickly was the mistress of the Boar's...

Justice Robert Shallow

Shallow is Master Slender's cousin and a justice of the peace (aka local judge) in the "county of...

Doctor Caius

Caius is the bad-tempered French doctor who wants to marry Anne Page. He's also Mistress...

Sir Hugh Evans

Evans is Windsor's local parson (aka clergyman) and the town schoolmaster, and he loves being...

Bardolph

Bardolph is a member of Falstaff's rowdy posse in Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V....

Pistol

Like Bardolph and Nim, Pistol is another "cony-catching rascal" and a member of Falstaff's crew...

Nim or Nym

In Elizabethan England, the word "nim" was slang for "to steal." That's perfect because this guy...

The Host

The Host runs a local hangout called the Garter Inn. It's not as seedy as, say, Hooters, but it's...

William Page

William Page is the young son of George and Margaret Page. Shakespeare isn't at all interested in...

Children of Windsor

In Act 5, scene 5, a bunch of kids take part in the prank played on Falstaff: they dress up like...

Minor Characters

Peter Simple is Master Slender's not-so-bright—ahem, simple—servant. He spends most...

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