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Q: Tone of "Madam"
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0936.  Thursday, 12 December 1996.

From:           Ron Dwelle <
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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
ideas? Pointers?

Thanks
 

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