Act II, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis
Bardolph, Pistol, Nym: thieves and cowards; all were friends of Henry during his wild youth
Boy: young man who at first associates with Bardolph, Pistol, and Nym
Hostess Quickly: peasant woman; wife of Pistol
In this scene, five low-class characters—Pistol, Bardolph, Nym, Hostess Quickly, and a boy—meet on a London street. Nym and Bardolph appear first, and we learn that their friend Pistol has married Hostess Quickly, who is Nym’s former fiancée. When the couple enters, Nym insults Pistol by calling him “host” instead of his preferred title, “ancient.” This precipitates a quarrel that leads to a mock duel, as both draw their swords...
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