(Master). The name assumed by Ford when he visits Sir John Falstaff. The amorous knight tells Master Brook all about his amour with Mrs. Ford, and how he duped her husband by being stowed into a basket of dirty linen.
“Ford. I'll give you a pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell him my name is Brook, only for a jest.”
“Host. My hand, bully. Thou shalt have egress and regress, ... and thy name shall be Brook.” —Shakespeare. Merry Wives of Windsor, II. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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