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Titus enters like a cook
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0322  Thursday, 5 February 2004

From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004 15:58:44 -0500
Subject:        Titus enters like a cook

In the final scene of Titus Andronicus, Titus enters like a "Cooke"
(Folio TLN 2525). Jonathan Bate in his Arden edition comments on the
stage direction, but not on "like a cook."  Dessen and Thomson in their
Dictionary of Stage Directions do not have an entry for "cook." Some
editors assume that Titus is "dressed" like a cook.

In the early 1590s when Titus entered like a cook, what would he have
looked like?  Is there any hard evidence?

Bill Godshalk

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