Exercise to the Early Modern English Period
Here we have a scene from Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part II, Act II Scene 4.
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Then to you, Mistress Dorothy; I will charge you.
Charge me! I scorn you, scurvy
companion. What! you poor
, away! I am meat for your master.
you, Mistress Dorothy.
Away, you cut-purse rascal! you filthy bung
, away! By
wine, I'll thrust my knife in your mouldy
chaps, and you play
saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale rascal
basket-hilt stale juggler
, you! Since when, I pray you, sir?
God's ligth, wiht tow points on your shoulder? Much!
Doll Tearsheet insults Pistol
By calling into question his hygiene and trustworthiness, Doll Tearsheet attacks Pistol`s ... ?
The use of words like to know shows that...
for us many of Shakespeare´s insulting comments are hard to understand because....
...we do not know enough English vocabulary
...even the Early Modern English audience did not understand them
...we do not know the bawdy connotation of them