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|Query: Gloucester's [Cornwall's] Servant|
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0111 Thursday, 11 March 2010
From: David Bishop <
The servant's being Cornwall's son would be an important piece of information, which Shakespeare would not introduce with one passing word. To understand the meaning of "bred" here a better analogy would be with horses or dogs.
Cornwall is very high royalty. He would not make his son his servant.
Finally, the rebellion of this lifelong servant against Cornwall is an awesome transgression, which emphasizes the corresponding horror of Cornwall's outrage to morality. Making the servant his son, even if it were possible, would detract from this emphasis.
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