Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page's daughter.
Evans changes the topic to the young Anne Page, whom he would like to see Slender marry.
The men enter to dine, but Slender drifts around outside, trying unsuccessfully to converse with Anne Page until he goes inside. He sends Pistol and Nim to deliver letters to the women, but they refuse. Her master, Doctor Caius, enters and encounters Simple.
When he hears about his errand, he becomes angry and drafts a letter to Evans. Caius too is in love with Anne Page and blames Evans for encouraging Slender; hence he challenges him to a duel.
He threatens Quickly, who had promised him she would encourage Anne to look favorably on him. Mistress Page enters with a letter from Falstaff. Mistress Ford appears with her own letter, which they discover is exactly the same.
They decide to lead Falstaff on until he is ruined and humiliated. The husbands are astonished. Page goes with them to watch, while Ford makes a deal with the Host to be introduced to Falstaff in disguise, in order to find out how far Falstaff has gotten in his plan. She reports that Ford will be out the next morning, and Mistress Ford will be expecting a visit from him.
Then Ford enters in disguise, announced under the name Brooke. Falstaff reports his date the next morning with Mistress Ford. Alone, Ford curses his wife for preparing to cheat on him and thinks Page is foolish to trust his wife.
Caius awaits Evans for their duel, but Evans is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Evans has been wandering around looking for Caius. They meet and prepare to fight. The other men take their swords away, and Caius and Evans speak quietly to each other of their suspicion that the Host has plotted to make them look like fools because he scorns Evans for his Welsh accent and Caius for his French one.
They agree to work together to get revenge against the Host. Page says he favors Slender, but his wife prefers Caius. Ford invites the men back to his house to catch Falstaff. She comes in and speaks loudly of the imminent arrival of Ford, who angrily suspects his wife of cheating. Falstaff comes out and asks them to help him flee.
They hide him in a laundry basket. Ford is unable to find Falstaff, and the Mistresses are doubly delighted to have fooled both Falstaff and Ford.
They decide to humiliate Falstaff further in the service of making Ford get over his jealousy.
Fenton and Anne Page speak. Fenton admits that that was his intention at first, but, since getting to know her, he has come to feel differently. Slender only makes a fool of himself by speaking nonsense. Page and his wife enter, and they invite the favored Slender inside.
Fenton asks Quickly to continue to campaign on his behalf with Anne. Falstaff arrives at the Garter Inn, soaked after having been thrown in the river with the laundry.
Quickly enters with a second invitation from Mistress Ford. He tells how it ended, but says he is visiting again that night!
How will they hide Falstaff this time? He emerges and refuses to go in the laundry again. He does, and when Ford arrives, he beats Falstaff and chases him away because he hates the fat aunt. Mistress Ford and Mistress Page are pleased; they think they have proven their point, and so they decide to tell their husbands of their schemes.
Ford apologizes to his wife for his jealousy, and he promises never to suspect her again. They decide that it would be fun to work together to humiliate Falstaff publicly.A short summary of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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