Saturday, January 10, 2015

Henry IV, Part II - Summary

Henry IV, Part II

If you liked Henry IV, Part I, then you'll probably like this one, which was more of the same. Me, not so much. The mix of weighty matters of great import with the antics of Falstaff and the others still didn't do it for me. As for Falstaff himself, I gather that there are those who think he's one of Shakespeare's great characters. I put myself in the other camp, those who feel, as Samuel Johnson put it, "the fat knight has never uttered one sentiment of generosity, and for all his power of exciting mirth, has nothing in him that can be esteemed."

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