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Unformatted text preview: concerned. In this play, "honor" has a number of different connotations, one of which is the prestige a young man like Bertram can achieve in battle. One remark which the king makes in describing Bertram's father has a bearing on the previous scene. The king says: Who were below him he used as creatures of another place, And bowed his eminent top to their low ranks, Making them proud of his humility, In their poor praise he humbled. (42-45) The gist of the comment is that Bertram's father was not a social snob. Ironically, a motivating factor in Bertram's behavior toward Helena (whom we know to be sensitive to the issue) is just such snobbery...
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