Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0046 Tuesday, 11 January 2005
From: JD Markel <
Date: Monday, 10 Jan 2005 18:22:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Any thoughts as to why Shakespeare calls the Prince of Darkness a
"gentleman?" The reference is from King Lear act 3, scene 4:
What, hath your grace no better company?
The prince of darkness is a gentleman:
Modo he's call'd, and Mahu.
There is a similar earlier reference in Henry V, act 4, scene 7:
KING HENRY V:
It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort,
quite from the answer of his degree.
Though he be as good a gentleman as the devil is, as
Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is necessary, look
your grace, that he keep his vow and his oath: ...
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