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Re: Falstaff's Age
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0972.  Sunday, 4 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Dec 94 13:19:31 EST
        Subj:   [Falstaff's Age]
 
(2)     From:   E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
        Date:   Saturday, 03 Dec 1994 11:05:15 EDT
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0966  Re: Falstaff's Age
 
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Dec 1994 12:53:26 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0966 Re: Falstaff's Age
 
 
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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Dec 94 13:19:31 EST
Subject:        [Falstaff's Age]
 
I join what I suppose will be a small chorus of SHAKSPERians posting to remind
E. L. Epstein that Falstaff himself admits to 50- plus: "his age some fifty,
or, by 'r lady, inclining to threescore" (1H4 2.4.418-19); later in the same
scene he concedes white hair as well.  But no more than those other pilgrims
passing through the sixth decade, Don Quixote and Goethe's Faust, does he seem
a "tottering oldster" to a 58-year-old guy with gray hair;  it's apparently his
vast belly and lively instinct for self- preservation, not his stiffening
joints, that disable him in the later stages of the Gadshill exploit and the
encounter with the Douglas; he's fit enough to lead his ragamuffins "where they
are peppered," to lug Hotspur's guts off the stage, and, in Part 2, to dismay
Sir John Coleville into surrendering. (Shades of Maurice Morgann!)
 
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From:           E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
Date:           Saturday, 03 Dec 1994 11:05:15 EDT
Subject: 5.0966  Re: Falstaff's Age
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0966  Re: Falstaff's Age
 
Thank you Mr. Gero, for the information on Falstaff's age. So Falstaff also,
like Faust and Don Quixote, is in his late fifties or early sixties! S am I. I
don't know whether this makes me feel better or worse.E L Epstein
 
Thank you also Mr. Moore. I was wondering if the line would get a laugh. I
think it probably would then, if not now. E L Epstein
 
Thank you also, Messieurs Conner and Lawrence. I will check up on the possible
time problems with Falstaff's service with the Duke of Norfolk. E L Epstein
 
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Dec 1994 12:53:26 -1000
Subject: 5.0966 Re: Falstaff's Age
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0966 Re: Falstaff's Age
 
In *Merry Wives* Mistress Page speaks of Falstaff as "one that is well- nigh
worn to pieces with age" (II;ii; 21).  This is vague but helpful, especially
coming from a woman who is old enough to have a girl of marriagable age.
 
Shirley.
 

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