On the Character of Sir John Falstaff: As Originaly Exhibited by Shakespeare in the Two Parts of King Henry IV.
W. Pickering, 1841 - 55 pages
One of the most celebrated characters in all of Shakespeare's history plays, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff. Appearing in both parts of the Henry IV plays, Falstaff is known as a comic character and companion of Prince Henry, who he affectionately calls "Hal." This essay explores the differences between the character's actions, personality and story between the two parts of the play and what these contrasts may mean about Shakespeare's intentions or personal beliefs.
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James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps
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Page 29 - The first part of the true and honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-castle, the good Lord Cobham. As it hath bene lately acted by the Right honorable the Earle of Notingham Lord High Admirall of England his servants. Written by William Shakespeare London, printed for TP 1600.
Page 55 - When the hand of time shall have brushed off his present Editors and Commentators, and when the very name of Voltaire, and even the memory of the language in which he has written, shall be no more, the Apalachian mountains, the banks of the Ohio, and the plains of Sciota shall resound with the accents of this Barbarian...
Page 30 - Hext unto my God, I do owe my life ; And what is mine, either by nature's gift, Or fortune's bounty, all is at your service. But for obedience to the pope of Rome, I owe him none; nor shall his shaveling priests, That are in England, alter my belief. If out of Holy Scripture they can prove That I am in an error, I will yield, And gladly take instruction at their hands : But otherwise I do beseech your grace My conscience may not be encroach'd upon. K. Henry. We would be loth to press our subjects...
Page 16 - Now as I am glad that Sir John Oldcastle is put out, so I am sorry that Sir John Fastolfe is put in, to relieve his memory in this base service, to be the anvil for every dull wit to strike upon. Nor is our comedian excusable, by some alteration of his name, writing him Sir John 171 Falstafe (and making him the property of pleasure for King Henry the Fifth to abuse), seeing the vicinity of sounds intrench on the memory of that worthy knight, and few do heed the inconsiderable difference in spelling...
Page 38 - One word more, I beseech you. If you be not too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of France : where, for anything I know, Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless already a ' be killed with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is not the man.
Page 28 - Stage-poets have themselves been very bold with, and others very merry at, the memory of Sir John Oldcastle ; whom they have fancied a boon companion, a jovial...
Page 42 - Falsstaff: in a roabe of russet, quite low, with a great belley, like a swolen man, long moustacheos, the sheows [shoes] shorte, and out of them great toes like naked feete : buskins to sheaw a great swolen leg. A cupp coming fourth like a beake — a great head and balde, and a little cap alia Venetiane, greay — a rodd and a scroule of parchment.
Page 25 - Now, signiors, how like you mine host ? did I not tell you he was a madde round Knave and a merrie one too ? and if you chaunce to talke of fatte Sir John Oldcastle, he will tell you, he was his great grandfather, and not much unlike him in paunch, if you marke him well by all descriptions.
Page 15 - It is easily known out of what purse this black penny came ; the Papists railing on him for a heretic, and therefore he must also be a coward, though indeed he was a man of arms, every inch of him, and as valiant as any in his age.