"Eaten Me Out Of House And Home"

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Context: Falstaff is not only one of the greatest comic characters in all literature, but he is also one of the world's greatest eaters and drinkers. Most of his food and drink he gets free, if he can. Mistress Quickly, hostess of the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, from whom he gets as much as possible, finally tries to have Falstaff arrested for nonpayment of debts. She further claims that once, when she tended his wounds, Falstaff promised to marry her. Since he refused to make her "my lady thy wife," Mistress Quickly is determined to collect his debt for food and drink, which is a large sum because of his size and appetite:


HOSTESS
It is more than for some . . . it is for all, all I have. He hath eaten me out of house and home, he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his, but I will have some of it out again, or I will ride thee o' nights like the mare.

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