Henry V Act IV, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

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John Bates, Alexander Court, Michael Williams: soldiers in Henry’s army

Sir Thomas Erpingham: an officer in Henry’s army

Summary
As predicted in the Prologue, Henry spends most of this scene in disguise, mingling with the common soldiers to sense their morale and spread encouragement.

He borrows a cloak from Sir Thomas Erpingham, an elderly officer, and soon encounters Pistol. Not seeing through the disguise, Pistol treats Henry brusquely. Upon hearing that he is a friend of his adversary Fluellen, he makes a vulgar gesture and exits. Half hidden, Henry then sees Gower and Fluellen himself, who chides his fellow Welshman for making too much noise. The...

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