The Merry Wives of Windsor "I Will Make A Star-Chamber Matter Of It"
by William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor book cover
Start Your Free Trial

"I Will Make A Star-Chamber Matter Of It"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Download The Merry Wives of Windsor Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Context: As the play opens, Robert Shallow, a country justice, is proclaiming that he has been wronged by Sir John Falstaff. Shallow will not be appeased by Parson Hugh Evans, who recognizes that Falstaff is of noble rank and, being on a hunting trip, does not wish to be bothered. But Shallow knows that Falstaff and his men had "beaten" his associates, "kill'd" his deer, and "broke open" his lodge. Thus he says at the first of the play that despite the fact that Sir John is of the nobility, he will take his charges before a court and "make a Star-Chamber matter of it." The Star-Chamber (so called because of the stars on the ceiling of the room where it sat) was a high court exercising very wide powers.

SHALLOWSir Hugh, persuade me not. I will make a Star-Chamber matter of it. If he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, Esquire.