Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue.

There’s something about this banter that calls to mind the rhythm of a romantic comedy. It is more Beatrice and Benedick (or even Cybil and Bruce from TV’s Moonlighting) than Mother and Son. Perhaps the rat-a-tat quick wit exchange is another reason people slip into the strange Freudian analysis of this scene. This exchange – it’s not erotic in any way – but traditionally exchanges between men and women of this nature tend to show up at the beginning of a romance, which is very definitely NOT happening here. But we can hear a little of Kate and Petruchio in it. Or at least I do. Maybe the queen does too, which may be what motivates the “Why, how now.”

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