Servants on Top

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Mon Jun 13 17:41:30 EDT 2005


Elizabeth suggested:

>And Colin suggested subcategories:
>1. The master is posing as the servant
> - Now, would you put Benvenuto in this category?

No, because Benvenuto certainly wouldn't.  Servant indeed!  The very idea.
And he wouldn't wish to be the master of such stupid people.  Independent
ally, possibly.  :-)

>    1a. Long-term
>    1b. For some specific event
>2. The servant has some sinister hold on the master
> - Iago (a sinister psychological hold that Othello doesn't even realise
>is there)
>3. The servant is so good at everything that the master relies on him
>and doesn't even realise
>4. The master is stupid and doesn't realise the servant is running rings
>around him.
> - Iago

I'd jib at defining Iago as Othello's servant, because junior officers are
not the servants of their commanding officers.  Iago is not Othello's
employee, certainly.  They are both employed as members of the State's
armed forces, of different rank but servants of the same master, that
State.

Thinking of which and obDWJ: where does the Sempitern Walker fit into these
categories?  Servant of the State, but is he Elio's master, or are they
both just servants?

Minnow


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