The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0468 Monday, 14 March 2005
Date: Friday, 11 Mar 2005 09:31:49 -0600
Subject: Shakespeare Reference?
A colleague of mine, not on this list, had a Shakespeare question that I
couldn't answer. I was hoping someone the list might know of the line
he is looking for. I have posted his original query below. Thanks,
I'm hoping to tap your knowledge of Shakespeare. I'm working with an
essay by John Edgar Wideman but having trouble tacking down an allusion
that appears in his text*I think it is to one of Shakespeare's play but
could be wrong. Here's the relevant passage:
"...I can't be Tonto to his Lone Ranger. Amos to his Andy. Tambo to his
Bones. Stepin to his Fetchit."
Identifying the characters to which he refers is no problem. But I am
having trouble tracking down the syntactic pattern in which each member
of this series is cast: "X to his Y."
I suspected Shakespeare and that the Wideman version was a variation on
some "play X to your Y" formulation in one of his plays. But after
several mind-numbing searches using online concordances, I've come up
empty. Does this pattern ring any bells?
Many thanks in advance for any help you can supply.
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