Ok, here's a question. I've admitted my weak knowledge of Henry IV. For a project I'm doing I wanted a Shakespeare quote on infinity, and I found a great one -- "I will swear I love thee infinitely."
Here's the thing, I would like to know the character of the man who says it (Hotspur, in this case, to his wife). Surely right now, somewhere in the world, somebody is using a Shakespeare quote out of context. And just as surely I could use it as I see fit, for a gift, and the recipient would be none the wiser. But you people know me by now, and you know that it would bug the ever-living heck out of me, it would just tarnish the present forever, if I knew that in context it was something shallow or sarcastic.
So, I'm asking. Does Hotspur mean it? Does he indeed have a loving relationship with his wife? Or is he just saying "Yes yes you silly woman I'll tell you whatever you want to hear, just let me get on my horse and get out of here!"
I still have Chimes At Midnight, and am looking at the scene right now. I think he's sincere. But I'm not familiar with the play enough to have confidence in that opinion. Anybody help me out?