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The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare

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The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare. It features the fat knight Sir John Falstaff, and is Shakespeare's only play to deal exclusively with contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I have an eye to make difference of men’s liking: and yet he would not swear; praised women’s modesty; and gave such orderly and well-behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disposition would have gone to the truth of his words; but they do no 55 more adhere and keep place together than the Hundredth 185 Psalm to the tune of ‘Green Sleeves.’ What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor? How shall I be revenged on him? I think the best way were to entertain him with 60 hope, till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in his own grease. Did you ever hear the like?

Mrs Page. Letter for letter, but that the name of Page and Ford differs! To thy great comfort in this mystery of ill opinions, here’s the twin-brother of thy letter: 65 but let thine inherit first; for, I protest, mine never shall. I warrant he hath a thousand of these letters, writ w. . . Read More

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Попадала съм на твърдения, че Шекспировите творби поизчерпват възможните литературни сюжети и са венец на художественото писане; че в общи линии не си заслужава да четеш нищо друго след Шекспир; че ако не си чел Шекспир, си нищ духом и е спорно какво изобщо си чел… Не ще стигам чак дотам да заявя, ч

YouTube kanalımda Shakespeare'in hayatı, mutlaka okunması gereken kitapları ve kronolojik okuma sırası hakkında bilgi edinebilirsiniz: https://youtu.be/rGxh2RVjmNU

42 tane kitabı yayımlanmış bir yazarı kronolojik okumak... Zor iş. Peki neden Shakespeare'in kronolojik olarak okunması gerektiğini öneri

From Litsy: Glad I have now read this, but it‘s not a favorite Shakespeare on the page. Seems this one is dependent on the performance and if the actors can pull it off, it‘s probably great fun and Fallstaff strikes again, or is brought down again. But hacking through the text is a mixed experience.

“A man may be too confident.”

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" is generally loathed by scholars, and loved by audiences. The reason is not hard to detect. It is a non-serious (at least on the surface) and very funny play. Shakespeare wrote low comedy farce. GASP!
First off, the 3 star rating means as comp

This is my new favorite Shakespeare play and I have zero regrets. Everyone is kind of hating on this play because they feel like Shakespeare mistreated one of his “best” creations (yes, I’m talking about Falstaff here) but I literally couldn’t care less. I only read the Henry’s after reading The Mer

Great audio version of one of Shakespeare's more playful plays.

"...I would have sworn his disposition would have gone to the truth of his words; but they do no more adhere and keep place together than the Hundredth Psalm to the tune of 'Greensleeves.'"... "I will find you twenty lascivious turtles ere one chaste man." (Mistress Ford and Mistress Page compare no

This is Sir John Falstaff’s play; it was a chance for Shakespeare to pad out one of his most popular characters and give him another comic moment. And he failed completely.

So when Shakespeare wrote this he focused on this one character, and as a result the rest of the play suffered. The cast were a

Okay, I finished it. After all these years, the only Shakespeare play I could never get interested in is finally completed. I read every word of it, and I am sure I'll never read it again.

It's not that bad, really--if you like bedroom farces punched up with dialect humor, second-rate puns and third-

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