Henry IV, part 2

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Henry IV part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, first published as part of Shakespeare's First Folio.

The play picks up where part 1 left off. Falstaff appears followed by a new character, a young page whom Prince Hal has assigned him as a joke. Falstaff inquires what the doctor has said about the analysis of his urine, and the page cryptically informs him that the urine is healthier than the patient. Falstaff promises to outfit the page in "vile apparel" (ragged clothing). He then complains of his insolubility, blaming it on "consumption of the purse." The go off, Falstaff vowing to find a wife "in the stews" (i.e., the local brothels).

Later, Falstaff is sent into the country to recruit soldiers for the incessant wars raving the kingdom. There he encounters Moldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, Shadow and Wart, a band of rustic yokels who attempt to evade military service in comic ways. He also meets with an old school-chum, Master Shallow.

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