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Q: *H5* 4.1 and 4.8
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0365.  Thursday, 4 May 1995.
 
From:           Barry Vincent <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 May 1995 21:57:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        *Henry V* inquiry
 
The scenes I would like to discuss are within Act IV concerning events prior to
and after the Battle of Agincourt.  The scenes are i and viii involving the
exchange of gauntlets between Henry and Michael Williams and how Fluellen
becomes involved between the two.
 
Without going into excess, I would like to discuss the premise that above
scenes involve Henry's division of character:  his nobility and his "folly"
gained through his acquaintance to Falstaff.  Is it possible that the above
could represent a "tip-of-the-hat" to Flastaff? --that Henry is playing a
practical joke among his comrades instead of being involved in a conflict?
 
I would like your opinions.  If you think I am totally off base, please be
gentle :)  Thank you for your time.
 
--Barry Vincent   
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