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Re: Falstaff's Age
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0966.  Friday, 2 December 1994.
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 09:44:05 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0960 Qs: Falstaff's Age
 
(2)     From:   Edward M. Moore <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 08:51:35 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Falstaff's age
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 09:02:54 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Falstaff's Age
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Dec 1994 00:49:37 -0800 (PST)
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 09:44:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0960 Qs: Falstaff's Age
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0960 Qs: Falstaff's Age
 
Here are the only textual references I know of concerning Mr. Epstein's query
re Falstaff's age and job employment record.
 
"A goodly portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent; of a
cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble car-
riage; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or by'r lady
inclining to threescore; and as I remember me,
his name is Falstaff."
 
                                -Falstaff: 1HIV II.iv  ll.416-420
 
 
"Then was Jack Falstaff, now Sir John, a boy, and
page to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk."
 
                                -Shallow:  2HIV III.ii  ll. 24-25
 
E. Gero
Washington, DC
 
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From:           Edward M. Moore <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 08:51:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Falstaff's age
 
I think Falstaff's age is given during the play-within-the play (II.iv.418-19,
Arden), when he says "his age some fifty, or by'r lady incling to threescore."
I've seen it played so that the audience on stage laughs at "some fifty," so
that Falstaff admits to the late 50's. Very effective touch.
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 09:02:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Falstaff's Age
 
In Henry IV Part 1, Act 2, Scene 4, lines 437 ff., Falstaff, while pretending
to be King Henry, describes himself as "his age some fifty, or, by'r Lady,
inclining to threescore"
 
In Henry IV Part 2, Act 3, Scene 2, lines 25, Justice Shallow tells us that
"Jack Falstaff, now Sir John, a boy, and page to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of
Norfolk."
 
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Dec 1994 00:49:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 5.0960 Falstaff's Age
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0960 Falstaff's Age
 
Re:  Falstaff's age.
 
He speaks of himself as "inclining to three score" while playing Henry IV to
Hal's Hal in the tavern play of 1H4.  This may not be consistent with his being
a page to the Duke of Norfolk (2H4, I think) but Shakespeare doesn't always
care about things like this.
 
Cheers,
        Sean.
 

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