Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0936. Thursday, 12 December 1996.
Date: Thursday, 12 Dec 1996 12:52:59 -0500
Subject: Tone of "Madam"?
"Seems, Madam? Nay, it is...."
My students think that Hamlet's use of the term "Madam" to his mother is a form
of sneering condescension. I'm more inclined to think it is a language/cultural
change, then to now. I can't find any reference to the term or its use. Any