The Merry Wives of Windsor Characters

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Bardolph:

Bardolf is one of Falstaff s servants. Because Falstaff doesn't have enough money to pay for the needs of his followers as a knight should do, the host of the Garter Inn takes Bardolph on as his tapster, or bartender.

Caius (Doctor Caius):

Doctor Caius is a French doctor, and a foreign er. Along with Slender and Fenton, he wants to marry Anne Page. When he finds out that his housekeeper, Mistress Quickly, is at the service of rival suitors, Caius loses his temper in a stereotypically "Latin" outburst. He challenges the Welsh parson, Evans, to a duel. The comedy of this situation lies in the confusion between two foreigners whose mispronunciations only increase their mutual misunderstanding.

Caius's masculine bravado also has an element of foreign stereotype: in Elizabethan England, the French were frequently mocked as fops, full of transparently false masculine behavior. The host, who sends Caius...

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