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Henry 4, Part 2 Characters

Rumor, the Presenter

Rumor, the Presenter speaks the Prologue of the play, reminding us of what occurred in Henry IV, Part One and setting the scene for the confusion of the first scene. 

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King Henry the Fourth

King Henry IV is the same as the Bullingbrook of Richard II and the King of Henry IV, Part One

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Prince Henry

Prince Harry, sometimes known as Monmouth, is the same as the Prince of Henry IV, Part One

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Prince John of Lancaster

Prince John of Lancaster is King Henry’s second son, and Prince Harry’s brother – the same as in Henry IV, Part One

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Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester is one of King Henry’s sons, and Prince Harry’s brother. 

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Thomas, Duke of Clarence

Thomas, Duke of Clarence is one of King Henry’s sons, and Prince Harry’s brother. 

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Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland

The Earl of Northumberland is the same as the Northumberland of Richard II and Henry IV, Part One

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Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York

Scroop, Archbishop of York is the same as the character of the same name in Henry IV, Part One

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Lord Mowbray

Thomas, Lord Mowbray is the Earl Marshal of England, who joins the rebellion against the King. 

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Lord Bardolph

Lord Bardolph is one of the rebels against King Henry IV, who having heard that all was going well for their party rushes to the Earl of Northumberland’s to tell him that they’ve won. 

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Travers

Travers is one of Northumberland’s servants, whom he sent to find out news of the battle of Shrewsbury. 

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Morton

Morton was present at the battle of Shrewsbury, and hurries to Northumberland’s to tell him of the defeat and of Hotspur’s death. 

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Sir John Colevile

Sir John Coleville is one of the rebels against King Henry IV. He surrenders to Falstaff after the rebels are tricked into defeat. 

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Earl of Warwick

Warwick is one of King Henry’s noblemen, a loyal, reasonable and optimistic man. 

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Earl of Westmorland

Westmorland is one of Henry IV’s lords, the same character as in Henry IV, Part One

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Earl of Surrey

Surrey [mute role] is a nobleman highly trusted by Henry IV, one of the first he speaks to when he receives news of the new rebellion.

Sir John Blunt

Sir John Blunt [mute role] is one of King Henry IV’s noblemen, among the first he calls when he hears of the new rebellion. 

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Gower

Gower brings news to the Lord Chief Justice that the King and Prince Harry have returned from the wars in Wales and that part of the army has gone to reinforce Prince John’s forces against the rebels. 

Harcourt

Harcourt is a messenger who comes from Scotland to announce to the King that Northumberland and Lord Bardolph have been defeated.

Lord Chief Justice

Lord Chief Justice is the highest judge of the land, equivalent to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. 

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Poins

Poins is Prince Harry’s companion and accomplice, leading him on in his dissipated life. 

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Sir John Falstaff

Sir John Falstaff is an excessively fat, excessively drunken, excessively cowardly, excessively witty, and excessively incorrigible rogue. 

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Bardolph

Bardolph is one of Falstaff’s followers, a man with a huge red nose and red marks all over his face. 

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Peto

Peto is one of Falstaff’s gang. He brings Prince Harry the news that some grave matter of state is afoot, and that soldiers are looking for Falstaff.

Shallow

Shallow is a Justice of the Peace, an old, thin, decaying man verging on senility, at least 70 years old. 

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Davy

Davy is Justice Shallow’s servant. He is on familiar terms with his master, able to shift the subject of conversation and to make some attempts at wit to him. 

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Snare

Snare is one of two sergeants (with Fang) hired by Hostess Quickly to arrest Falstaff for debt. They are not exactly successful in this endeavor.

Fang

Fang is one of two sergeants (along with Snare) hired by Hostess Quickly to arrest Falstaff for debt. They are not exactly successful in this endeavor.

Shadow

Shadow is a countryman drafted to the King’s army. He is a very slender man.

Wart

Wart is a countryman drafted to the King’s army. He is extremely poor, and clearly starving. 

Francis

Francis is one of the drawers (barmen) at Hostess Quickly’s tavern; he is the same character as the Francis in Henry IV, Part One

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Sneak

Sneak is the leader of a group of musicians who play at Hostess Quickly's tavern, available for hire for private parties.

Lady Percy

Lady Percy is the widow of Hotspur, the daughter-in-law of the Earl of Northumberland and his Lady. 

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Hostess Quickly

Hostess Quickly (often known as ‘Mistress Quickly’) is the owner of the Boar's Head tavern in Eastcheap, and a bit of a madam on the side. 

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Doll Tearsheet

Doll Tearsheet is a whore who is a particular favorite of Falstaff’s. She is drunken and has a remarkably foul mouth. 

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First Strewer

The First Strewer is one of the royal servants in charge of making sure the street for the new King’s procession is covered with rushes so that the nobility need not walk in the muck. He does not think they have put enough down.

Second Strewer

The Second Strewer is one of the royal servants in charge of making sure the street for the new King’s procession is covered with rushes so that the nobility need not walk in the muck. 

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Third Strewer

The Third Strewer is one of the royal servants in charge of making sure the street for the new King’s procession is covered with rushes so that the nobility need not walk in the muck. 

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Messenger

The Messenger comes to warn the rebel leaders of the approach of the royal army, and to offer a guess as to its size.

Beadle

The Beadle is charged by the constables of the watch with having Doll Tearsheet publicly whipped for whoring. 

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Servant to the Lord Chief Justice

Servant to the Lord Chief Justice does not appreciate Falstaff’s wit, and is incensed at the suggestion that he is not an honest man. 

Officer

The Officer [mute role] is a captain in the rebel army. He is sent to discharge the soldiers and give them their pay when the loyal forces and the rebels come to an agreement.

Epilogue

Epilogue comes forward at the end to plead for mercy from the audience. He also offers to dance a jig for them.

King Henry’s Page

King Henry’s Page [mute role] takes some letters to Surrey and Warwick, and summons them to the King’s side.

 
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