Justice Robert Shallow is an old and respectable man, if somewhat foolish.
A Justice of the Peace, and therefore the chief official of the law in town, he is a rich man with a deer enclosure where he alone is allowed to hunt. He hopes to marry his nephew Slender to Anne Page, and does what he can to push the match further. At times he has to take over the wooing himself, as his nephew is not very adept at the job. Over eighty years old, he remembers his youth fondly, and is delighted to join in with the plot to carry Anne off during the final prank on Falstaff. He thinks himself much more canny than he actually is.