What is the meaning of the pun about rank smell spoken by Rosalind in Act I Scene 2, Line 101 of As You Like It?
The pun that you are asking about plays on the two meanings that “rank” can have. “Rank” can, of course, refer to a person’s status or position. We can say someone holds an important rank in society, for example. But “rank” can also mean “strong smelling.” We can talk...
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