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  • Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too: and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other: and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home; but she hopes there will come a time.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too; and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other; and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home, but she hopes there will come a time.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • But I have another messenger to your worship: Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too: and let me tell you in your ear, she’s as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe’er be the other: and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home; but, she hopes there will come a time.

    Act II. Scene II. The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too: and let me tell you in your ear, she’s as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe’er be the other: and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home; but she hopes there will come a time.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (she is Hostess Quickly in the last-mentioned play); the name is perhaps a pun on "quick lay"; her malapropisms in The Merry Wives include fartuous for virtuous (2.2.94), infection for affection (2.2.111), erection for direction (3.5.39), and speciously for especially (4.5.108).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 3

  • Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you, too: and let me tell you in your ear, she’s as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as 90 any is in Windsor, whoe’er be the other: and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home; but, she hopes, there will come a time.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]

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  • Fart + Virtuous = Shakespearean wacky.

    October 10, 2008