The Merry Wives of Windsor | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Merry Wives of Windsor | Act 1, Scene 2 | Summary

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Summary

In front of the Page residence, Sir Hugh hands Simple a letter to deliver to Mistress Quickly, Doctor Caius's housekeeper. Its contents, he reveals, concern Slender's attempt to woo Anne Page. Simple departs with the letter, and Sir Hugh goes back inside to finish his dinner.

Analysis

Sir Hugh means well, but he's setting himself up for trouble by getting involved in Slender's love life. Having already tried to play the matchmaker in Act 1, Scene 1, Hugh now gets in over his head by sending letters of introduction on the young man's behalf. Doctor Caius, whose housekeeper is the recipient of the letter, is a hotheaded and vindictive man who will tolerate no meddling in his affairs. He also happens to be Slender's most dangerous rival for the hand of Anne Page. Enlisting the Doctor's household staff to help Doctor Caius's archrival is ill thought for reasons Hugh is either unaware of or fails to appreciate.

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