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Q: A Cook's Garment
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0499.  Tuesday, 20 June 1995.
 
From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 18 Jun 1995 23:13:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [Cook's Garments]
 
Question:  what was the color of a cook's garment in the late sixteenth
century?  Was it traditionally white? In the last scene of <i>Titus
Andronicus</i> Titus is dressed as a cook.  In the first scene of the play, he
is offered a white Palliament -- which he apparently does not put on. I'm
wondering if there's some kind of play on white garments between the two
scenes:  Titus refuses the white Palliament in the first scene, but assumes the
(white?) garments of a cook in the final scene.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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