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The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
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Nov 06, 09

bookshelves: shakespeare-summer
Read in November, 2009

I struggled with this one. Mistress Quickly remains as funny as ever but I could take or leave just about everyone else. It reads like a rehash, not just of the tavern scenes of H4, but of Shakespeare's plebeian comedy in general, poking fun at accents, misappropriations in language, cuckold jokes, the young folks getting one over on the old folks, same old same old, with no attempts to subvert or invent. It sounds like this was something of a last-minute patch job for Shakespeare and alas, it shows.
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10/12/2009 "Act 1 Scene 1"

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