Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: the
brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not
able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more
than I invent or is invented on me: I am not only
witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other
Falstaff in II Henry IV
Okay, so nobody could be as quick with their wit as Falstaff, a character so great that Shakespeare wrote him into three plays. (Was anyone in more plays than Sir John?) But give these five quick openers a try the next time you find yourself looking for words:
Back Pocket Banter
Where would you take me if I were new in town?
How old were you at your first rock concert? Do you have a story you recall from it?
Is there a part in a movie you would like to have played?
What’s the worst breakup you’ve been through?
Did you ever hurt somebody really bad?
Aside from engaging in this conversation, what is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
(Okay, that was seven, but I think you can have fun with at least five of them)
Doll Tearsheet: They say Poins has a good wit.
Falstaff: He a good wit? hang him, baboon! his wit’s as thick as Tewksbury mustard
II Henry IV
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