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A Description of a Malcontent
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2049  Friday, 24 August 2001

From:           Rainbow Saari <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Aug 2001 11:44:52 +1200
Subject:        A Description of a Malcontent

Sir John Harington in his *Metamorphosis of Ajax* ( 1596)  describes ' a
perfit mal-content' as one whose hat is ' without a band, his hose
ungartered, his wast without a girdle, his boots without spurres' . This
description is echoed by Lodge in his * Wits Miserie* ( after Nov. 5,
1596); ' You shall alwaies find him his hat without a band, his hose
ungartered, his Rapier punto r'enverso, his lookes suspitious and
heavie, his left hand continually on his dagger'. Later similar
descriptions are common (in Hamlet, for one.)

Can anyone direct me to malcontent descriptions prior to Harington's
*Metamorphosis*?

Thanks,
Rainbow

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