Shakespeare on How to End a Love Letter

thine own true knight“Thine own true knight,
By day or night,
Or any kind of light,
With all his might”

(Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, sc. 1)

Tips for use. A good ending, even if mildly overstated, to a love note or letter or card, at least the first two lines. Or all four, if you intend to appear amusing. Falstaff may have been extreme in his scheme. But the idea that multiple loves more or less make the man is well conveyed by Oscar Wilde according to whom, “The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty and fidelity, I call it either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.” Whereas, in his stately English, Samuel Johnson declared that love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. Possibly a reader of these lines may be currently in love while preferring that it may be not widely known. If so, he should be reminded of the ancient Greek poet Antiphanes who observed that two things a man cannot hide: that he is drunk, and that he is in love.
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In the play. Ending of Falstaff’s identical letter(s) respectively mailed to Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. Falstaff planned to simultaneously seduce the two (married) ladies and sponge out miscellaneous benefits from each. The plan will fail with remarkable unfavorable results for the aspiring Romeo.

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