"For shame, never stand (you had rather, and
you had rather:) your husband's here at hand, bethinks
you of some conveyance: in the house you cannot hide
him. Oh, how have you deceiv'd me? Look, here is a
basket, if he be of any reasonable stature, he may creep
in here, and throw fowl linnen upon him, as if it were
going to bucking: Or it is whiting time, send him by
your two men to Datchet-Meade."
-The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act iii, Scene iii)

Laundry Basket


The Merry Wives of Windsor


Laundry Basket


Able to hide someone inside without arousing suspicion.


The Basket and its contents would magically move to the nearest above ground freshwater source (Lakes, Rivers) and empty its contents to the water.


Hiding inside the basket

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'The Merry Wives of Windsor' Is a comedy by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of sir John Falstaff who appears on his other two plays Henry VI part 1 and Part 2. In this play Sir John is out of money while in the town of Windsor. He plans to seduce two wealthy but married women by each sending them love letters of the exact same template but using different names. The two wives notices this and decides to play a trick on Sir John. When Sir John visits one of the wives house. he was led to believe that her husband is coming and by advice from the wives he hides in a laundry basket. But the servants of the house have been already given instructions to take the basket and dumps it to the Thames. Then Sir John tries again but the wives then uses the same trick but this time they disguised him as the fat woman of Brainford one of the wives actual aunt. Seeing Sir John in disguise, one of the husbands of the wives beats the "fat woman of brainford" out of the house convinced that "she is a witch". Sir John tries once again, But this time the wives have informed their husbands about Sir John and hatched a plan. The wives would invite Sir John to Windsor Forest but under the condition that Sir John is dressed as the mythical "Herne the Hunter" who haunts Windsor Forest. When Sir John arrives at Windsor Forest he is ambushed by the husbands of the wives, their friends and the parish children dressed as fairies and pixies an start pinching Sir John and beats him. Upon revealing the trick to Sir John, He takes the joke surprisingly well, and accepted the wives invitation for dinner at their house, where they would laugh at the events that occurred that day.

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