Referred to in some editions as simply “Clown”, he is the son of the shepherd. When Polixenes discovers the relationship between Florizell and Perdita, he threatens to punish both the shepherd and his son. The shepherd’s son then advises his father to show Polixenes the bundle in which Perdita was found, proving that she is not the shepherd’s actual daughter.
The timeline below shows where the character Shepherd’s Son appears in The Winter's Tale. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 3
Act 4, Scene 3
Act 4, Scene 4
...of shepherds (including the shepherd who found Perdita when she was a baby, and his son) enter, along with Polixenes and Camillo in disguises. The shepherd tells Perdita to fulfill her... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
Act 5, Scene 2
...and Polixenes reunited joyously, and Leontes begged for Polixenes’ forgiveness. He says that the shepherd’s son explained to everyone that Antigonus was “torn to pieces with a bear,” and his ship... (full context)
...he probably wouldn’t have been believed, because of his “other discredits.” The shepherd and his son enter, both now dressed in rich clothes. The shepherd’s son brags to Autolycus that he... (full context)