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Falstaff

jovial knight and rascal of brazen braggadocio. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor; I Henry IV; II Henry IV]

Falstaff

“that swoln parcel of dropsies.” [Br. Drama: Benét, 339]
See: Fatness
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Tom Hanks portraying the role of Sir John Falstaff from the play Henry VI by Shakespeare (Screengrabbed from YouTube)
(46) The sack often consumed by Sir John Falstaff was a fortified wine, imported from Spain and the Canary Islands; sack was dry but the English usually added sugar to it before it was sold in order to sweeten it, and Falstaff's inordinate desire for it explains why he is called "sack-and-sugar Jack" by Poins in 1 Henry IV (1.2.112-13).
Archbishop York spoke dejectedly of the rebels being "all diseased" (4.1.54) by their past and their present quarrels, and the extent of the malady that has befallen Henry's kingdom emerged in Prince John's gleeful but uncivil tricking of the rebel leaders (young men, too, can be given to lying), and in Colville's absurd surrender to the "famous" Sir John Falstaff. As the king lay sick and the rebels were dispatched, Allam proudly promulgated Falstaff's bombastic sermon on the merits of drinking sack from downstage center to a multitude convinced of his creed.
When John Falstaff justifies the morality of purse-taking as a proper exercise of his "vocation," he is invoking the ethical autonomy of his field of activity.
Gaetan Laperriere's Sir John Falstaff (his first performance of the role) was wonderfully sung, and he supplied a nice touch of broad comedy.
With Dennis Price (Sir John Falstaff), Dustin Tucker (Master Ford), Jeri Pitcher (Mistress Ford), Frank Omar (Master Page), Kathleen Nation (Mistress Page), Alice Cutler (Anne Page, Robin, John), Maria Kelly (Mistress
SCENE: Corporal Pistol and the ne'er-do-well Private Blog search for Sir John Falstaff.
But the jovial figure of Sir John Falstaff also served the Lemp family well by masking the troubles that beset this ill-fated family of brewers.
(8) Alfred Ainger, 'Sir John Falstaff', in his Lectures and Essays, 2 vols (London: Macmillan, 1905), I, 119-55; John W.
Falstaff , in full Sir John Falstaff. Fictional character, a father substitute of license and good fellowship for Prince Hal in William Shakespeare's two-part play Henry IV.
Evans: If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence to make atonements and compremises between you.
Sir John Falstaff, a comical, down-at-the-heels follower of Prince Hal.

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