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The Merry Wives of Windsor Characters

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. 

As she knows Anne Page, she acts as a go-between for all of her suitors, encouraging all of them and taking credit for any success they have, as she herself has no particular opinion as to which one should gain Anne so long as she gets paid. Mistress Quickly is also used as a go-between by Mistress Page and Mistress Ford to Falstaff, something that makes Pistol realize that she has her value and is worth pursuing. Despite her problems with English, she is able to learn enough good language to play the Queen of the Fairies in the final prank on Falstaff.

 

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