English419OED - down with all that virtue nonsense This...

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Edmund St. Gumdrop English 419 Honor: 1. High respect, esteem, or reverence, accorded to exalted worth or rank; deferential admiration or approbation. 2. elevation of character; ‘nobleness of mind, scorn of meanness, magnanimity 3. (Of a woman) Chastity, purity, as a virtue of the highest consideration; reputation for this virtue, good name. These three quite distinct concepts appear quite often in All’s Well that End’s Well , with no little significance attached. The first meaning seems more material than metaphysical- something clearly associated with rank and social standing; not bothering to be bogged
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Unformatted text preview: down with all that virtue nonsense. This seems to be the type of honor that Bertram sees in his ring. As a family heirloom and signet of his family, it’s a pretty hefty status symbol. Diana almost immediately afterwards compares this honor to the third type- a woman’s chastity. By associating this type of honor with the ring, she is asserting that her virtuous reputation as a chaste woman is the token of her social rank and esteem,, This sentiment is echoed by the statement “the honor of a maid is her name, and no legacy is so rich as honesty”....
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