Just had to correct a line in Sprog the Younger’s English essay about Hal killing Falstaff as the final step on his character journey from reprobate to kingly dignity.
“He didn’t actually kill Falstaff, you know.”
“We haven’t read the sequel play yet, but our teacher said that he did…”
“Really? Other characters talk about Falstaff’s death and claim that he died of a broken heart after Hal (as newly crowned King) rejects him, but nowhere in the text do we see Hal deliberately kill Falstaff.”
“Let’s change that word “kill” to “reject”, hm?
“Yeah, I think so.”
“Tell me the next time your teacher talks about characters in something you haven’t read yet for yourself, OK?”