What’s in a buckbasket? A gloss on the Flea.
📷 Peter Bradbury In the second buckbasket scene in The Merry Wives of Windsor Mistress Ford looks on with disdain and shame as her husband cajoles the townspeople and their visitors from Gloucestershire to pull out all the linen from the buckbasket* - the laundry basket - in which, Master Ford suspects, the cuckolding Sir John Falstaff is hidden. The basket is full of underwear, to the embarrassment of everyone except the jealous husband. Ford draws on his conversation with