My Horns Are His Horns [Shakespeare For You]

🎭 Why then, my horns are his horns, whether I wake or sleep.

— Speed, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1-1

(I said scene 2 in the video; it is scene 1!)


Speed is the servant to Valentine, and a comic character.  This Master/Servant pair is typical for Renaissance Italian comedy (Commedia Dell’arte), and shows Shakespeare is influenced by it.  So, be funny!  

You may know the “horn” gag.  When a husband has a horn, it means his wife has betrayed him.  The horn on the head of a man is the proof that this man cannot sexually satisfy his wife.

The servant is the property of the master.  Therefore, the servant’s property is his master’s.

“Whether I wake or sleep” is deprived from the Bible.


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