Shakespeare Is Everywhere (Including This Blog!): Famous Last Words from Falstaff

I’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that
rewards me, God reward him! If I do grow great,
I’ll grow less; for I’ll purge, and leave sack, and
live cleanly as a nobleman should do.

Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, Scene 4

These are the final lines of Falstaff in the first of three dramatic appearances in Shakespeare’s plays. He’s just “resurrected” himself after playing dead on the battlefield, and he’s managed to take credit for felling Hotspur, the most valiant and driven of the king’s enemies. So right here, Falstaff is making off like a bandit, and he knows it, and he wants to puff himself up a bit more by resolving to do better, act more like a gentleman, give up eating and boozing and women to be more of a glowing beacon to his own world. It’s not going to work, but hey–it’s the thought that counts, right?

To all you readers out there, fickle or otherwise: Mighty Tiny Bill and I wish you a happy, healthy, and above all peaceful 2015. Make resolutions or don’t. Keep them or don’t. Just make sure you take care of yourself, because we’d all rather see people keep their stories going than become glowing beacons, anyway.

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