The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0093 Thursday, 4 March 2010
Date: March 4, 2010 10:45:11 AM EST
Subject: Query: Gloucester's Servant
Has anybody suggested in print that when the Messenger tells us about the death of Gloucester his use of the phrase "his servant that he bred" (4.2.41) might imply that the servant was in fact an illegitimate son of the man he has now attacked? The idea sets the servant in even more striking contrast to Edmund, whose betrayal of his father first rattles this chain.
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