Aristocracy

 

The author of the "Shakespeare" plays was an aristocrat, and never speaks of the common people but in terms of contempt. He calls them the fool multitude, tag rag people, sweaty rabblement, and common herd. Will Shaksper came from the common people; on his retirement he became a tradesman. Is it, therefore, likely that a tradesman wrote the following line: "Let me have no lying, it becomes none but tradesman"--"The Winters Tale," Act 4, Scene 4

Is it a coincidence that Francis Bacon, who was an aristocrat, also had a very poor opinion of the common people, and was the champion of the King's prerogative against popular rights?
Speaking of the common people he says: "of the highest virtues they have no sense or perceiving at all," and he advised all men, when applauded by the multitude, to examine themselves to see what fault or blunder they may have committed.

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