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Henry V Characters

Pistol is the same character as the Pistol of Henry IV, Part Two, formerly one of Falstaff’s companions and now a soldier in Henry’s army, with the rank of Ancient (Ensign). 

A great braggart, he talks in a mix of quotations from plays, foreign languages, and excessive, over-the-top oaths, all designed to impress his listeners with his bravery, manliness and experience, none of which actually exist. A coward, he hides from battle; his main reason for joining the army is the chance to make money from looting. He is quick-tempered, quick to insult and quick to pull his sword, though not necessarily to fight. He is able to convince Fluellen that he is a great soldier for some small time, but is soon found out. He is a racist who despises the Welsh, a pickpocket, and a liar. He does have friends, however, and attempts to save Bardolph’s life, as well as having a great fondness for the King despite everything. Newly married to Hostess Quickly, he shows every sign of being genuinely in love with her, and is saddened at her death. He returns to England to make a living by telling tall tales of his exploits in France, having being robbed of his chance at riches by the King’s order to kill all prisoners.

 

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