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Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0059  Wednesday, 12 January 2005

[1]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 23:37:02 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

[2]     From:   Tom Bishop <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 10:57:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

[3]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 16:03:36 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

[4]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 12:01:04 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

[5]     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 13:26:22 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

[6]     From:   Carol Morley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 12:29:31 +0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?


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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 23:37:02 +0800
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

Have you met many gentlemen?

Regards,
Arthur

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From:           Tom Bishop <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 10:57:58 -0500
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

The Prince of Darkness is a gentleman because he spends so much of his
time, and so successfully, ingratiating himself with our rulers.
Nowadays he wears an Italian tailored business suit and comes equipped
with a Harvard law degree and a track record of significant donations to
selected political candidates.

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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 16:03:36 -0000
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

JD Markel asks ...

 >Any thoughts as to why Shakespeare calls the Prince of Darkness a
 >"gentleman?"

Did the title 'gentleman' imply decency back in 1605?  I thought it just
meant 'gentry'.  If Satan is a prince, he's not a commoner.

Peter Bridgman

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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 12:01:04 -0600
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

As Mick Jagger sang

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste

  *    *    *    *
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah
         ("Sympathy for the Devil")

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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 13:26:22 -0500
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

Why the devil is called a gentleman was discussed at some length on
Ficino (as I recall) and no definite conclusion was reached, of course.
But some years ago I was told (by whom I remember not, perhaps Lawrence
Durrell in his novel Monsieur) that the devil is known as a gentleman
because the French call him "Monsieur," the heir apparent.

Bill Godshalk

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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 12:29:31 +0000
Subject: 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0046 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

Blame Shakespeare's fascination with (medieval) heraldry- the devil IS
armigerous (can't remember the blazon offhand, but toads rampant come
into it I'm sure). Remember the jousting imagery of the mystery plays'
harrowing of hell? The Christ vs Devil showdown- can't do that if you're
not a proper gentleman. And Lucifer had the best of pedigrees before the
career-and-name change.

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