Table of Contents:
  • Shakespeare's holy fools and their priestly mission
  • Feste as curate exorcises pride in Twelfth night
  • The fool scourges envy in King Lear
  • Petruchio combats anger in The taming of the shrew
  • Physician heal thyself--Hamlet, the clown prince, purges sloth
  • Portia prosecutes avarice in The merchant of Venice
  • Prince Hal foils gluttony in Henry IV, I & II
  • Bottom, the uncourtly lover, nullifies lust in A midsummer night's dream
  • Dancing with the holy fool.