The Taming of the Shrew

A Lord Character Analysis

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An unnamed nobleman, the lord finds Christopher Sly drunkenly passed out and decides to play a trick on him, convincing him that he is actually a wealthy nobleman. He arranges for his servants to play along with the elaborate prank and has a group of traveling players (actors) put on for Sly the play that turns out to be The Taming of the Shrew.

A Lord Quotes in The Taming of the Shrew

The The Taming of the Shrew quotes below are all either spoken by A Lord or refer to A Lord. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Taming of the Shrew published in 2004.
Induction, Scene 1 Quotes

What think you, if he were conveyed to bed,
Wrapped in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers,
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
Would not the beggar then forget himself?

Related Characters: A Lord (speaker), Christopher Sly
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: Ind.1.38-43
Explanation and Analysis:

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A Lord Character Timeline in The Taming of the Shrew

The timeline below shows where the character A Lord appears in The Taming of the Shrew. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Induction, Scene 1
Social Hierarchy Theme Icon
Theater, Performance, and Identity Theme Icon
A wealthy Lord enters, having just finished a hunting trip, along with several hunstmen. He notices the sleeping... (full context)
Gender and Misogyny Theme Icon
Theater, Performance, and Identity Theme Icon
A band of traveling players (that is, actors) arrive. The Lord asks them to perform for a lord (Sly). He then orders a servant to tell... (full context)
Induction, Scene 2
Social Hierarchy Theme Icon
Theater, Performance, and Identity Theme Icon
...confused when servants address him as a lord, offering him fancy food and drink. The Lord is dressed as a lowly attendant and says that it is a pity Sly has... (full context)
Social Hierarchy Theme Icon
Theater, Performance, and Identity Theme Icon
The Lord tells Sly, "O noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth," (Induction 2.30) and catalogues all... (full context)
Theater, Performance, and Identity Theme Icon
A messenger enters, announcing that the group of players the Lord earlier hired is ready to perform. The messenger says that Sly's doctor thinks it will... (full context)