Rumor is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures, And of so easy and so plain a stop That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The still-discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it. (Induction) Rumor speaks about how rumor spreads among the masses.
“The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.” (Act 1, scene 2)
Falstaff in praise of himself.
“I am poor as Job, my lord, but not so patient.” (Act 1, scene 2)
Falstaff to the Lord Chief Justice.
CHIEF JUSTICE: God send the prince a better companion! FALSTAFF: God send the companion a better prince! I cannot rid my hands of him. (Act 1, scene 2 )
Falstaff gets the better of the Lord Chief Justice.
“Away, you scullion! you rampallion! you fustilarian! Ill tickle your catastrophe.” (Act 2, scene 1)
Falstaffs page speaks to Hostess Quickly.
“He hath eaten me out of house and home.” (Act 2, scene 1)
Hostess Quickly complains to the Chief Justice about Falstaff.
“We have heard the chimes at midnight.” (Act 3, scene 2)
Falstaff alludes to the boisterous times he and Shallow had in their youth.
“I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death.” (Act 3, scene 2)
Feeble explains that he has no objection to being recruited as a soldier.
“A man cannot make him laugh; but thats no marvel; he drinks no wine.” (Act 4, scene 3)
Falstaffs opinion of Prince John of Lancaster.
“I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers; How ill white hairs become a fool and jester! I have long dreamd of such a kind of man, So surfeit-swelld, so old, and so profane.” (Act 5, scene 5 )
The new King rejects Falstaff.