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Merry Wives of Windsor can be even more enjoyable when we remember the legend that Shakespeare wrote it after Queen Elizabeth asked him to write a play about Falstaff in love. And what if Falstaff was a subliminal spoof of her father, King Henry VIII? He was notoriously rotund in old age-- like Falstaff. And he was a philanderer-- like Falstaff.
Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.Reader, Folger Shakespeare Librarywww.oxfreudian.com