Say, Voltemand, what from our brother Norway?

If Voltemand and Cornelius are the king’s good friends, then it would seem that Voltemand is the better friend of the two, or at least the one he feels most comfortable talking to. It almost feels like Cornelius is the woman at the meeting – that even though she may have the higher status, the guys will always talk to the other guys. Or maybe they held an election and Voltemand was voted the guy to talk while Cornelius was voted the guy to smile and nod. Or hold the luggage. I guess that’s how status works in general. #1 speaks to #2 and #2 speaks to #3 and so on. And of course, it just makes me curious about Cornelius.

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