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In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare masterfully and humorously weaves a main plot and a sub-plot that overlap because of characters in the play. The central plot revolves around the wives of Windsor's efforts to expose Falstaff as the true scoundrel that he is. The plot is classically developed with the opening scenes giving an introduction to the major characters, the setting, and the situations around which the action will develop. The rising action of the main plot begins with Falstaff's assumption that he can seduce two wives of Windsor - Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page, who are friends. He sends both of them identical love letters, suggesting to each that he would like to become involved with them. The two women are horrified at Falstaff's suggestion, as well as his boldness. They plot together to humiliate the man. The first meeting ends with Falstaff being thrown in the river. The second meeting ends with his being dressed as an old, unrespected woman who is thoroughly beaten by Mr. Ford. All of this rising action points to the climax, when Falstaff will be tormented in the forest and fully exposed for his waywardness. The falling action of the main plot is very brief, with Mr. Page and Mr. Ford explaining to the scoundrel how he has been fully duped. The conclusion, or denouement, shows a changed Falstaff, giving hope that he has learned his lesson.