The "middling sort" of people

Dressing like the townsfolk

Townsfolk like Shakespeare saw themselves as "the middling sort of people." Most dressed modestly.

But Elizabethan fashion victims of any standing could easily be ridiculed in writing. It was a sure crowd-pleaser.

In Act 4, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Prince Cloten reacts angrily to the comic mockery of the mountain men, saying...

"Thou villain base, know'st me not by my clothes?"

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