October 15th, 2016 → 5:40 am @ // No Comments

“It would make a man mad as a buck to be so bought and sold.” – Comedy of Errors

This line from Comedy of Errors has nothing to do with buying or selling anything.  It’s said by a servant who’s just pissed off at being ill-treated and abused and made to stand out in the cold.  The line struck me as, even in the 16th century, commerce clearly had a negative reputation.  We knew this already from Merchant of Venice, of course, but fascinating to see the same negative connotations pop up in other plays as well.

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