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Merry Wives of Windsor

Written: c. 1597-98; Texts: Quarto 1602, First Folio 1623 (Comedy)
Source: Perhaps: Fiorentino, Ser Giovanni Il Pecorone (The Simpleton) (1558); Ovid (43 BC- AD18). Metamorphoses (Arthur Golding's English translation in 1567); Lyly, John (c.1554-1606). Endimion (1588)
Characters: Mistress Margaret Page, Sir John Falstaff, Mistress Quickly, Francis Ford, Sir Hugh Evans, George Page, Mistress Alice Ford, Fenton
Setting: Windsor
Time: c. 1590

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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late

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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
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Act 2
Scene 2

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With trial-fire touch me his finger-end

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Mistress Quickly, as Fairy Queen, to Sir Hugh
With trial-fire touch me his finger-end.
If he be chaste, the flame will back descend
And turn him to no pain. But if he start,
It is the flesh of a corrupted heart.
Pistol, as Hobgoblin
A trial, come!
Sir Hugh,
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