On Creepy Men and Plotting Women

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Don't you just love when things turn out to be just like soap operas?  I had a feeling after I read Act I of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor that Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page would show each other the love notes they received from Falstaff.  However, I never really expected them to plot to lead him on!  Here's the passage that I thought was great:

"Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same: the very hand, the very words.  What doth he think of us?

 Mrs. Page.  Nay, I know not.  It makes me almost ready to wrangle with mine own honesty.  I'll entertain myself like one that I am not acquainted withal; for sure, unless he know some strain in me that I know not myself, he would never have boarded me in this fury.

Mrs. Ford.  'Boarding' call you it?  I'll be sure to keep him above deck.

Mrs. Page. So will I.  If he come under my hatches, I'll never to sea again.  Let's be revenged on him.  Let's appoint him a meeting, give him a show of comfort in his suit, and lead him on with a fine-baited delay till he hath pawned his horses to mine Host of the Garter"   (II.i.27-28).

This passage shows just how crafty and witty Shakespeare is.  Although much of the humor here is sexual, it must still be admired for its wit.  This passage also shows that women in Shakespeare's day could be just as crafty as women are now.  They did not just sit around all day and embroider cushions.  Plus, Falstaff is such a creep that he deserves to be led on by these women.  I really think that their plot would have gone undetected if Mr. Ford had not found out that Falstaff was writing to his wife and decided to lead Falstaff on himself.  This play just keeps getting better and better.


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Greta Carroll said:

Erica, it is very comical. And Shakespeare uses a lot of sexual innuendo, which I am sure his audience would have found hysterical. And I enjoyed that passage too. One would think that Falstaff would be aware that the two were such good friends and would discuss things among themselves. He is such an oblivious person. Give him a few compliments, and he might as well be drunk, as far as his senses go. It is also interesting to note how the women do not inform their husbands of the matter, but instead take it into their hands. They are clever, and not just “merry”.

Ally Hall said:

Shakespeare is known not just for being a genius playwright but also for his sexual innuendos. I loved after reading how dumb his letter was and how the women found out that they both received the same letter they decide to seek revenge. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. I have a feeling the rest of the play will be quite hilarious.

Erica, I totally agree. It is like a soap opera, but better because it is funny. All the little messes that they get themselves into is great. I love how everyone is plotting against someone else! The women are very crafty in this play--I commented in my agenda item about how Shakespeare made his male characters look like fools and the females look like geniuses. I wonder if there is a reason as to why he did that...

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