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Falstaff

[fawl-staf, -stahf]
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  1. Sir John, the jovial, fat knight of brazen assurance and few scruples in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  2. (italics) an opera (1893) by Giuseppe Verdi, with a libretto by Arrigo Boito based on the Shakespearean character.
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  • He does not even tell us what pleasure Henry finds in living and carousing with Falstaff.

  • Who but Falstaff would have found his self-justification in his youth?

  • Or was it the infinite humour of Falstaff which attracted him?

  • The features in Falstaff which are so harped upon, are to me the features of the original model.

  • There is retribution, but Falstaff is only pinched by the fairies.


falstaff in Culture

Falstaff

An endearing, fat, aging rogue who appears in several of the plays of William Shakespeare. He is prominent in the two parts of King Henry the Fourth, where he is the jolly companion of Prince Hal, the future King Henry V. Falstaff is a lover of wine, women, and song; although a coward in practice, he loves to tell tales of his supposed bravery.

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