Is this the stuff of Government, in a pandemic?
King Henry I v part i. Act ii scene iv
Prince Hal These lies are like their father that begets them,
Gross as a mountain, open, palpable .
Prince Hal laughs at Falstaff who thinks to out-face the whopping lies he's told.
Act iv sc 11 Before the battle of Shrewsbury.
Falstaff I have misused the King's press damnably
I have got in exchange of one hundred and fifty soldiers
Three hundred and odd pounds
Prince Hal. Whose fellows are these that come after?
Falstaff Mine Hal, mine.
Prince Hal I did never see such pitiful rascals
Falstaff Food for powder, food for powder, they’ll fill a pit as well as better.
(couldn’t care less about the fate of his press-ganged soldiers)
Falstaff I have led my ragamuffins where they are peppered
There’s not three of my hundred and fifty left alive
(He means he’s thrown his men under a bus,)
Falstaff might be good for a laugh but he’s amoral, treacherous. Prince Hall knows him through and through. And when the Prince takes on the responsibilities of kingship there’s no place for a man as feckless as Falstaff.
Prince Hal That abominable MISLEADER of youth Falstaff