Thomas Lodge: Rosalynde (3335 words)


Sweetest nut hath sourest rind,
Such a nut is Rosalinde …

… a couplet from an exchange during which an anterior text seems to be volatilised away into literary history, analogous to My Fair Lady (1956) delivering Shaw’s Pygmalion (1913) over into the care of specialists. In a scene of superlative comic dialogue (As You Like it, III ii), Rosalind encounters her earlier, less sophisticated self, ‘Rosalynde’, reflected first in Orlando’s laboured rhyming, and then in Touchstone’s effortless and bawdy parody. Charred pages of Thomas Lodge’s Rosalynde float away on the audience’s laughter.

Reading Lodge’s r…

Citation: Booth, Roy. "Rosalynde". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2019 [, accessed 22 June 2021.]

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