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The Merry Wives of Windsor Characters

Sir John Falstaff is a very fat rogue with no money but many plans to get some.

 
 

Master Fenton is a young, good-looking gentleman with a bit of a wild past who became very attracted to Anne Page when he discovered how rich her father is. 

 
 

Justice Robert Shallow is an old and respectable man, if somewhat foolish. 

 
 

Master Frank Ford is a middle-aged, middle-class gentleman of Windsor afflicted with an almost pathological case of jealousy. 

 
 

Master George Page is a wealthy gentleman of Windsor, married to Mistress Margaret and father of Anne and William. 

 
 

William Page is the young son of Master George Page and Mistress Margaret. 

 
 

Sir Hugh Evans is a Welsh parson and the schoolmaster of Windsor; he has not lost his very heavy accent either in English or in Latin, which is a source of much amusement to the others. 

 
 

Doctor Caius is a French physician, a short-tempered, easily offended man who is wooing Anne Page and does not wish to see anyone else moving in on her.

 
 

Host of the Garter Inn is a rather merry innkeeper who is incapable of saying anything simply and likes showing off how many words he knows. 

 
 

Bardolph is one of Falstaff’s followers; when the fat knight can no longer afford to keep his men, he finds Bardolph a job as bartender for the Host. 

 
 

Pistol is one of Falstaff’s followers, a swaggering man who loves the sound of his own voice and is incapable of speaking like a normal human being, instead grandiloquently talking like a hammy actor in a melodrama. 

 
 

Nym is one of Falstaff’s followers, and is obsessed with humors. 

 
 

Robin is Falstaff’s page, but is not the most faithful of servants. 

 
 

Peter Simple is Slender’s servant, an obsequious fellow much impressed by his social betters who must put up with a lot from his foolish master.

 
 

John Rugby is Dr. Caius’s servant. He is deeply intimidated by his master.

 
 

Mistress Alice Ford is a middle-aged lady of Windsor, married to Master Frank Ford. 

 
 

Mistress Margaret Page is a middle-aged lady of Windsor who is fond of her husband George, though she has rather different ideas about who should marry their daughter Anne. 

 
 

Anne Page is the daughter of Master George Page and Mistress Margaret. 

 
 

Mistress Quickly is Dr. Caius’s housekeeper, a foolish woman with a poor command of language, mixing up her English words and unable to identify Latin as a foreign language as opposed to dirty English. 

 
 

Master Abraham Slender is Justice Shallow’s nephew, a rich and foolish man who wishes to marry Anne Page. 

 
 

The First Servant (John) works for the Fords, and removes the rather heavy laundry-basket containing Falstaff at his mistress’ order and dumps its contents in the ditch. 

 
 

 

The Second Servant (Robert) works for the Fords, and removes the rather heavy laundry-basket containing Falstaff at his mistress’ order and dumps its contents in the ditch. 
 
 

Children of Windsor [mute roles] are Evans’s students, whom he trains to play fairies in the final prank on Falstaff.

 
 

The Postmaster’s Boy [mute role] is one of Evans’s students, who plays a fairy in the final prank on Falstaff. 

 
 

 

A Boy [mute role] is one of Evans’s students, who plays a fairy in the final prank on Falstaff. 
 
 
 
 
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