When she and Mistress Page receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him. In the meantime, Mistress Ford hopes to prove to her husband that she is entirely faithful, so that he will get over his oppressive jealousy. When she and Mistress Ford receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him.
Falstaff wooing Mistress Ford. In all other respects, the play implies a contemporary setting of the Elizabethan era, c.
Falstaff arrives in Windsor very short on money.
He decides, to obtain financial advantage, that he will court two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. Falstaff decides to send the women identical love letters and asks his servants — Pistol and Nym — to deliver them to the wives. Anne herself is in love with Master Fenton, but Page had previously rejected Fenton as a suitor due to his having squandered his considerable fortune on high-class living.
Hugh Evans, a Welsh parsontries to enlist the help of Mistress Quickly servant to Doctor Caius in wooing Anne for Slender, but the doctor discovers this and challenges Evans to a duel. The Host of the Garter Inn prevents this duel by telling both men a different meeting place, causing much amusement for himself, Justice Shallow, Page and others.
Evans and Caius decide to work together to be revenged on the Host. The "merry wives" are not interested in the ageing, overweight Falstaff as a suitor; however, for the sake of their own amusement and to gain revenge for his indecent assumptions towards them both, they pretend to respond to his advances.
This all results in great embarrassment for Falstaff. He offers to pay Falstaff to court her, saying that once she has lost her honour he will be able to tempt her himself.
Falstaff leaves to keep his appointment and Ford soliloquises that he is right to suspect his wife and that the trusting Page is a fool.
When Falstaff arrives to meet Mistress Ford, the merry wives trick him into hiding in a laundry basket "buck basket" full of filthy, smelly clothes awaiting laundering.
When the jealous Ford returns to try and catch his wife with the knight, the wives have the basket taken away and the contents including Falstaff dumped into the river.
He is convinced that the wives are just "playing hard to get" with him, so he continues his pursuit of sexual advancement, with its attendant capital and opportunities for blackmail. They try to think of ways to hide him other than the laundry basket which he refuses to get into again.
Ford tries once again to catch his wife with the knight but ends up beating the "old woman", whom he despises, and throwing her out of his house. Black and blue, Falstaff laments his bad luck. Eventually the wives tell their husbands about the series of jokes they have played on Falstaff, and together they devise one last trick which ends up with the Knight being humiliated in front of the whole town.
They then dress several of the local children, including Anne and William Page, as fairies and get them to pinch and burn Falstaff to punish him. Page plots to dress Anne in white and tells Slender to steal her away and marry her during the revels.
Mistress Page and Doctor Caius arrange to do the same, but they arrange Anne shall be dressed in green. Anne tells Fenton this, and he and the Host arrange for Anne and Fenton to be married instead.
The wives meet Falstaff, and almost immediately the "fairies" attack. Slender, Caius, and Fenton steal away their brides-to-be during the chaos, and the rest of the characters reveal their true identities to Falstaff.
Although he is embarrassed, Falstaff takes the joke surprisingly well, as he sees it was what he deserved. Caius arrives with similar news — however, he has actually married his boy! Fenton and Anne arrive and admit that they love each other and have been married.
Fenton chides the parents for trying to force Anne to marry men she did not love and the parents accept the marriage and congratulate the young pair. Eventually they all leave together and Mistress Page even invites Falstaff to come with them: In the Fairy pageant in Act 5 Scene 5 linesMistress Quickly, as the Queen of the Fairies, gives a long speech giving an elaborate description of the Order of the Garter.
The first page of The Merry Wives of Windsor, printed in the Second Folio of The Garter theory is only speculation, but it is consistent with a story first recorded by John Dennis in and Nicholas Rowe in William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor Summary by Michael McGoodwin, prepared Acknowledgement: This work has been summarized using The Complete Works of Shakespeare Updated Fourth Ed., Longman Addison-Wesley, ed.
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The play premiered in with publication occurring in .