Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0365. Thursday, 4 May 1995.
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.