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Titus enters like a cook
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0365  Monday, 9 February 2004

[1]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Friday, 6 Feb 2004 06:36:27 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 15.0340 Titus enters like a cook

[2]     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 06 Feb 2004 13:42:55 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0340 Titus enters like a cook

[3]     From:   E. F. Winerock <
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        Date:   Friday, 06 Feb 2004 14:27:11 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0322 Titus enters like a cook


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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, 6 Feb 2004 06:36:27 -0500
Subject: Titus enters like a cook
Comment:        SHK 15.0340 Titus enters like a cook

Alan Dessen's informative note sent me to two splendid reference works
on my desk. Dessen's and Thomson's _A Dictionary of Stage Directions in
English Drama, 1580-1642_, which provides further elaboration on the use
of "like a . . .". I also consulted _An Index of Characters in Early
Modern English Drama Printed Plays, 1500-1660_ (Berger, Bradford,
Sondergard) and found twenty-seven plays with Cook(s). Incidentally, the
third entry (#117) refers to _Titus Andronicus_.

Knowing he loved his books (and computer programs),
Hardy

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Date:           Friday, 06 Feb 2004 13:42:55 -0500
Subject: 15.0340 Titus enters like a cook
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0340 Titus enters like a cook

Thanks to Alan Dessen for his prompt response to my question about "like
a cook."  Yes, I didn't think to look under "like" in the A Dictionary
of Stage Directions.

I was hoping that someone would respond with evidence that 16th century
cooks dressed in white -- not very likely I suppose.  In the first scene
of Titus, Titus refuses the white Palliament, and I was hoping, still
am, that Titus as a cook is dressed in white -- with a visual reference
back to the rejected Parlliament.

Bill Godshalk

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From:           E. F. Winerock <
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Date:           Friday, 06 Feb 2004 14:27:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0322 Titus enters like a cook
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0322 Titus enters like a cook

A possible source for what an early 1590s cook might have looked like is
court masque costumes. There are many extant costume sketches for masque
characters, especially those of Inigo Jones. I do not recall if any of
them depict cooks, but you might check out the various collections of
masque drawings edited by Roy Strong.

-- Emily Winerock

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