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.
She is astounded and infuriated to suddenly be wooed by Falstaff, feelings that grow when she discovers that her friend Mistress Ford has received exactly the same love letter she has. She immediately thinks of causing him mischief, and also sees there an opportunity of helping Mistress Ford overcome her husband’s manic jealousy. An imaginative woman, she is well-respected by all; she is also concerned for her son William’s education. She is excellent at playing a role, but does not consider that she may have passed this talent on to her daughter, and is therefore taken by surprise when Anne manages to escape and marry the man she wishes rather than the upper-class French Doctor her mother prefers. Mistress Page is trusted and loved by her husband, and is in charge of the family finances – the main source of Falstaff’s attraction to her.