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his Sute heere; and that I make not that good Accounte of the Validitie and Goodnes of his Patent, as in Reasone and cowrtewse frindlie Dealinge, I should doe, somwhat, as you gather, to his Disadvantage, beinge a Matter, as you saye, of noe Benne fi te to my selfe; which, yf I showld soe forgett my selfe (yf it were only in Respect that you esteeme Mr. Gryvell as your deere and entier Frend) I showld justlie condemne my selfe of vnadvised and twoe great inconsiderat Dealinge. And therfore I pray you, and soe e ff ectuallye desyre him to hold a better Opinion of me, till you have further Proofe howe I doe deale, and have dealt, in the Cawse from the Beginynge. And as I have neither Will nor Power to hurt in this Case if I wolde, havinge onlie to walke in the Pathe I am directed: So yf I had either, beinge otherwise directed by you, I wold not. And therfore beseche you, what soever Cowrse be held in the Matter, lay noe further Fawlt in me, then I justlie deserve: For assure your selfe, you and yours have, and ever shall have, that vndowbted Interest in me, as I will obey your Commaundement, as farre as in Dewtie and Credit I may, which I crave yt maye lyke you to accept. And evenso I take my Leave. From Salloppe , the xxviijth of Aprill ,  . Yours ever in all to be comaunded as your obedient Servant , E. Molyneux. ¹ 
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In sonnet  , Shakespeare’s speaker comments on those ‘‘that haue power to hurt and will do none.’’ The connection which this chapter aims to articulate between Molyneux’s language in correspondence with Sidney and Shakespeare’s language in some sonnets to the Young Man (for example, sonnets  ,  ,  ,  , and  , but especially sonnet  ) is not, however, of direct borrowing. What I consider is how the shared phrase arises within a particular social relation and situation – both instances involve the relation between a subordinate and a su- perior he is engaged to serve, and in both cases the subordinate is negotiating problematic speech actions involving the correction or the rebuke of the superior. Speech or written answer is problematic in this situation since, as the puritan divine William Perkins put it, ‘‘in case of rebuke or controlment’’ by the master, it is the part of the servant to ‘‘answer not again.’’ ² In this chapter I will make use of the politeness model which I introduced in chapter to analyze the speech interactions and social shaping of dramatic characters in Shakespeare’s King Henry VIII . Here I will draw on the distinctions o ff ered by the politeness model to de fi ne the constraints that Molyneux’s particular social speech posi- tion imposes and, more signi fi cantly, the verbal repertoire that is avail- able to a speaker so situated. I aim to show the complexity and interest of Molyneux’s rhetoric, or rather less his rhetoric than the rhetoric of his particular social situation. ³ It is my thesis that the same social moment to
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