The Merry Wives of Windsor Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
Shallow and others voice complaints against Falstaff, and Sir Hugh plans for Slender to marry Anne Page.
Act 1, Scene 2
Sir Hugh enlists Mistress Quickly to help persuade Anne Page to marry Slender.
Act 1, Scene 3
Falstaff plans to seduce Mistresses Ford and Page to get their husband's money. His servants plot to reveal his plan.
Act 1, Scene 4
Doctor Caius, who hopes to marry Anne, becomes angry when he learns that Sir Hugh plans to marry Anne to Slender.
Act 2, Scene 1
Mistresses Ford and Page receive Falstaff's love letters and plot revenge. Ford fears Falstaff might woo his wife.
Act 2, Scene 2
Falstaff is told that Mistress Ford wants to meet with him; Ford, disguised, learns of their meeting and grows jealous.
Act 2, Scene 3
Doctor Caius grows angry when Sir Hugh does not show up for their duel; the Host intervenes.
Act 3, Scene 1
The Host prevents a fight between Sir Hugh and Doctor Caius by directing them to different places. But he angers them.
Act 3, Scene 2
Ford, increasingly jealous, plans to catch Falstaff and his wife in the act. Page plans for Slender to marry Anne.
Act 3, Scene 3
The wives smuggle Falstaff out of the house in a laundry basket; unable to find Falstaff, jealous Ford looks foolish.
Act 3, Scene 4
Fenton and Anne want to get married, but Page, wanting Anne to marry Slender, won't permit it.
Act 3, Scene 5
Falstaff gets another invitation from the wives. He tells Ford, in disguise, how he escaped in the laundry basket.
Act 4, Scene 1
Mistress Page's son William enjoys a comically botched Latin lesson with Sir Hugh Evans.
Act 4, Scene 2
Falstaff once again visits Mistress Ford and escapes from Master Ford, this time by disguising himself as an old woman.
Act 4, Scene 3
Bardolph tells the Host that three mysterious "Germans" wish to borrow his horses.
Act 4, Scene 4
Once the wives have revealed their plot to their husbands, they all plan together to play a final trick on Falstaff.
Act 4, Scene 5
The Host learns his horses have been stolen. Falstaff, though shaken, prepares to accept the wives' new invitation.
Act 4, Scene 6
Fenton tells the Host about Anne's plot to thwart her parents' plans for her marriage and elope with Fenton instead.
Act 5, Scene 1
Falstaff prepares to meet the wives in the forest disguised as Herne the hunter.
Act 5, Scene 2
Page arranges for Slender to elope with Anne during the night's sports.
Act 5, Scene 3
Mistress Page arranges for Doctor Caius to elope with Anne during the night's sports.
Act 5, Scene 4
Sir Hugh prepares the townspeople to surprise Falstaff in their disguise as fairies.
Act 5, Scene 5
Falstaff is humiliated in front of everyone; so are the Pages when Fenton reveals he eloped with Anne. All reconcile.