All novelists have had occasion at some time or other to wish with Falstaff
, that they knew where a commodity of good names was to be had.
Steeled knights of the Conquest, bearded statesmen of Queen Elizabeth, and high-ruffled ladies of her court, were mingled with characters of comedy, such as a party-colored Merry Andrew, jingling his cap and bells; a Falstaff
, almost as provocative of laughter as his prototype; and a Don Quixote, with a bean pole for a lance, and a pot lid for a shield.
Indeed, he soon discovered that his recruits, enlisted at Montreal, were fit to vie with the ragged regiment of Falstaff
I am a materialist, and I am a gross, fat man -- Falstaff
These were the plays that we loved, and must have read in common, or at least at the same time: but others that I more especially liked were the Histories, and among them particularly were the Henrys, where Falstaff appeared.
As to Falstaff personally, or his like, I was rather fastidious, and would not have made friends with him in the flesh, much or little.
This latter device was sometimes adopted at considerable violence to probability, as when Shakspere makes Falstaff
bear away Hotspur, and Hamlet, Polonius.
Tried out, Falstaff
might have rendered more romance to the ton than would have Romeo's rickety ribs to the ounce.
Although I see fewer hints of Catholic bias in the play than Hamilton does, he draws useful comparisons between Falstaff
and the unruly caricatures of Protestants in Catholic polemics.
THE much-travelled Our Falstaff
, who raced simply as Falstaff
before his sale to Singapore this year, scored a comprehensive success in this Sing$1 million (pounds 343,000/EUR498,000) event.
Dana Osborne, the designer, attempted to create an equivalent to medieval dress, and color-coded the four groups of characters to assist the audience in making political connections so that Falstaff
and his friends are dressed in harvest colors of "golds, greens, and rusts," Henry's court in "black with accents of brick red and gold," the rebels in brown and green earthtones with a gray undertone, and Glendower and his family in costumes of indigo, navy, and gray, which Osborne associates with water and Glendower's claims about his ability to control the elements.
There are plans afoot to convert the old Falstaff
Brewery in New Orleans into a sort of halfway house for ex-offenders.