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Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0113  Thursday, 20 January 2005

From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Jan 2005 11:54:08 -0600
Subject: 16.0093 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0093 Why is the Prince of Darkness a Gentleman?

This isn't getting us any farther. The idea that Satan = Prince, and
Prince = gentleman, does not give any indication of why he should be
portrayed as suave, witty and well-dressed. Does it indicate a kind of
leftover Puritanism that associated such cavaliers with the devil?

Does anyone have any sources on the presentation of the devil in
European literature that would allow us to try and track down where it
starts?

Cheers,
don

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