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MonkeyNotes-Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
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Lord Hastings

Edward, Lord Hastings, is a very optimistic man and believes that the rebels will win a bloodless victory. He proves to be a bad counselor to the Archbishop of York. He is overly confident and easily deceived by the royalist leaders.


Bardolph is Falstaff’s valet. He is very useful to his master. When Falstaff is arrested by Fang, the sheriff's officer, he draws his sword. He accepts bribes while recruiting young soldiers on the advice of Falstaff, and like his master, his physical appearance is notable.


Pistol is Falstaff’s lieutenant. He poses as a warrior. Falstaff ironically addresses him as “Captain Pistol.”


Poins is a close associate of Prince Hal, and like the Prince, he is young, energetic, wild, and witty. He is also one of the regulars at the Boar’s Head Tavern. It is he who advises Hal to trap Falstaff by disguising themselves.


Robert Shallow, the Gloucestershire judge had attended law schools with Falstaff. He speaks about the good old days they had spent together and is eager to renew the friendship. He is a shallow man, and his jokes don’t invoke laughter. Shakespeare is satirizing the country judge who is easily influenced to modify legal decisions.


Justice Silent is a silent admirer of Shallow. But after drinking wine he can sing popular ballads and make frank comments about Falstaff.

Mistress Quickly

Mistress Quickly is the hostess of the Boar’s Head Tavern. She is a widow and one of the main victims of Falstaff. She misuses big words in her conversations (malapropisms) for the amusement of the audience.

Doll Tearsheet

Doll Tearsheet is a common prostitute.

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