Abstract

The famous motto of the English Order of the Knights of the Garter-"Honi soit quit mal y pense" ("Shame come to him that euill thinketh")-appears in the midst of the last scene of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Surprisingly, claims that Falstaff and Francis Ford illustrate the Garter motto's distributive dynamics amount to no more than passing accounts in articles on other topics. No one in an essay exclusively devoted to the subject has shown the relevance of the motto's thought for other characters' words and deeds and for the play as a whole. This is the argument of the present essay, especially with reference to Windsorite George Page.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 383-406
Launched on MUSE
2010-05-27
Open Access
No
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