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How does the new Sly address the servants in the Induction of The Taming of the Shrew?

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kiranb | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM via web

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How does the new Sly address the servants in the Induction of The Taming of the Shrew?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this question can be found in Induction 2, when Sly wakes up after the Lord has planned his deception. Although the servants are completely ready with their "act," and when Sly wakes up are quick to treat him as their Lord, it is clear that Sly is completely bewildered by what is happening to him and is baffled by the way in which they address him as "your honour" and "your lordship." His initial response to such treatment is therefore to protest his true identity, arguing that he is not a lord and suspecting that he is being made fun of:

I am Christopher Sly, call not me "honour" nor "lordship." I ne'er drank sack in my life; and if you give me any conserves, give me conserves of beef. Ne'er ask me what rainment I'll wear, for i have no more doublets than backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes than feet--nay, sometimes more feet than shoes, or such shoes as my toes look through the overleather.

Thus, initially, Sly greets his new status as being a "Lord" with started disbelief, trying to maintain his own sense of self and testifying that he is Sly, not the befuddled Lord that the servants treat him as being.

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