Monday, January 18, 2016

1902 Shakespeare quiz, Part 4

As before, I've transcribed the questions exactly as written, spelling errors and all.

20) How many years had Falstaff known Bardolph before he met Mrs. Quickly?
21) What was the name of Poins's sister? And who is alleged to have promised to have married her?
22) Where is breach of promise mentioned in the Play's?
23) What character was taken prisoner in joke by his friends disguised as enemies?
24) What character, who boasted of his knowledge of a certain language, was exposed by his companions who talked to him in gibberish which he mistook for that language?
25) What was Dull's riddle and what was the answer to it?
26) What are the names of the only four dogs in Shakespeare?
27) What noble lady refused to accept forgiveness from her leige if spoken in French and what Queen refused absolution if given in Latin?
28) Who was Casca's schoolmate?
29) Give all the instances of second marriages in the plays?


Fretful Porpentine said...

20) I haven't been able to find anything about how long he has known either of them. Help, please?
21) Poins's sister's name is Nell. Falstaff accuses Poins of having said Prince Hal will marry her (although no one actually claims Hal has promised anything of the sort).
22) The actual phrase "breach of promise" appears once, in The Comedy of Errors (where it means failing to deliver goods that have been purchased). There are also several examples of breach of promise in the modern sense -- Angelo and Mariana, Bertram and Helena, Falstaff and Mistress Quickly (although neither party seems to take the last one very seriously).
23) Parolles in All's Well.
24) I want to say this is also Parolles, but as far as I can tell, he doesn't actually mistake the gibberish for a specific language or boast of knowing languages that he doesn't know. (In fact, the reason why the pranksters have to invent a fake language is that he really IS pretty good at languages, and would recognize a real one.) Sir Andrew Aguecheek does have his lack-of-fluent French exposed every time somebody speaks French to him, but these characters are not speaking gibberish. Is there another character who fits better?
25) "What was a month old at Cain's birth, that's not five weeks old as yet?" The answer is the moon.
26) This is another puzzling one, since the only named dog who appears on stage is Crab in Two Gentlemen of Verona, but more than four dogs are named elsewhere (Tray, Blanche, and Sweetheart in King Lear; Merriman, Clowder, Silver, Belman, and Echo in The Taming of the Shrew; maybe some others elsewhere?)
27) The "noble lady" is the Duchess of York in Richard II; no clue about the queen.
28) Casca's schoolmate was Brutus.
29) Hoo boy, these open-ended ones are difficult. I assume we're not counting people who were married more than once in real life but it isn't mentioned in the plays (like John of Gaunt, Julius Caesar, and Lady Macbeth, among others). Off the top of my head: Gertrude (of course); Henry VIII (of course); Lady Grey in 3 Henry VI; the widow at the end of Shrew; Mark Antony; Mistress Quickly; Cymbeline and his evil queen; and possibly Paulina after the end of Winter's Tale. Are there more?

Fretful Porpentine said...

When I posted this elsewhere, a reader figured out two of the ones that were puzzling me; the queen in #27 is Catherine of Aragon; and Falstaff says he has known Bardolph "two and thirty years" as they're marching off to the Battle of Shrewsbury (in 1403), whereas Mistress Quickly has known Falstaff "twenty-nine years" just before everyone leaves for the not-quite-battle of Gaultree Forest (in 1405). So I guess the historically correct answer is five years, although B.W.H. may have intended three.