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
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?"