A boy attendant. (Russian, paj, a boy; Greek, pais; Italian, paggio; Spanish, page; Welsh, bachgen. But page, the leaf of a book, is the Latin pagina.)
(Mr. and Mrs.). Inhabitants of Windsor. The lady joins
with Mrs. Ford to trick Sir John Falstaff.
Daughter of the above in love with Fenton. Slender, the son of a
country squire, shy, awkward, and a booby, greatly admires the lady,
but has too faint a heart to urge his suit further than to sigh in
audible whispers, “Sweet Anne Page!”
A school-boy, the brother of Anne. (Shakespeare: The Merry
Wives of Windsor.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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