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Chloe Porter

result, ‘dressing and undressing were social processes that required … other pairs of hands’. 67 The construction of the spectator as a participant in visual and material culture in Henry V therefore draws on processes which would have been familiar to playgoers from the experience of piecing together their own visual appearance, or helping to compose the dress of relatives, friends, masters, mistresses

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
Steve Sohmer

to be unearthed by literary archaeology, there’s bountiful evidence that he and his contemporary dramatists (like all writers since Genesis) modelled many of their characters on lovers, friends, and enemies. Frances Trollope (1799–1863), a writer and social critic before her time who skewered Americans’ manners in 1823 and Parisians’ in 1835, said of the way she constructed

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind