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What's with the fish?

"I do profess to be no less than I seem, to serve/him truly that will put me in trust, to love him that/is honest, to converse with him that is wise and says/little, to fear judgement, to fight when I cannot/choose, and to eat no fish."
Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 1,2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Bethany created a very nice blog about this particular passage commenting on Kent's admirability as a person. I could not agree more with her. Kent is truly a "good" character within the play and his loyalty, honesty, and chivalrous actions surely prove such goodness. While I appreciate Kent's character, however, I simply cannot understand what he means when he professes "to eat no fish." Can any one explain this to me?

Comments (1)

alex clohert:

It means he's not Catholic.


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