Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0499. Tuesday, 20 June 1995.
From: W.L. Godshalk <
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