A Falstaffian Rejoinder

Are you suffering through another workweek? Is someone causing you trouble? Would you like a helpful insult or two to throw that person’s way? Well, have no fear, Shakespeare is here.

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A little while ago we featured an insult Henry V–the former “Prince Hal”–threw at his former drinking buddy, Sir John Falstaff, in which he called him a “sanguine coward,” among other things (see the full post here). Bet you want to know how the fat knight responded, right? Here it is:

You starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s tongue, you bull’s pizzle, you stock-fish! O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile standing-tuck (1 Henry IV 2.4.227).

That is some serious shade, if you ask us. Even if you don’t ask us. And best of all, it’s offered free of charge to the readers of The Bard and the Bible blog.

About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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