The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0105 Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Date: March 13, 2013 9:42:50 AM EDT
Subject: Page Boys
Within THE ROARING GIRL, Middleton and Dekker make clear the homoerotic purposes that Jack Dapper has for his page boy Gull. In Shakespeare’s plays, twice we have male characters asking for another person’s page—in MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and in MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. I’m most interested in MERRY WIVES: Why does Ford want Falstaff’s page? I think I’ve missed a detail somewhere.