Mistress Alice Ford is a middle-aged lady of Windsor, married to Master Frank Ford.
She was quite impressed by Falstaff until he sends her a love letter, at which point she begins to scorn him, and even more so when she discovers that her best friend, Mistress Page, has received exactly the same letter. She is aware that her husband is wildly jealous, and terrified at what will happen if he should discover that Falstaff is wooing her. She agrees with Mistress Page’s suggestion to trick Falstaff, and sees how this may help her cure Ford’s jealousy. She sets herself up as the main bait to the fat knight, and acts her role very convincingly. Though her husband is quick to question her fidelity, he trusts her enough to leave her in charge of the family finances – the main source of Falstaff’s attraction to her.