The pedantic schoolteacher Holofernes, along with the parson Nathaniel, does not appear until late in the play (IV.ii). He speaks in lists of synonyms, words that have roughly the same meaning; he particularly likes Latin-sounding words and Latin tags. Holofernes is a kind of walking, talking thesaurus. He is usually an object of comedy within the play, although the curate Nathaniel treats him with fawning respect and imitates his language. He goes on at length about the death of one deer when the princess and her party are hunting (IV.ii). Later, he exhibits profound exasperation with...
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