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Symbols in As You Like It
Symbols Examples in As You Like It:
Act IV - Act IV, Scene 3
"I verily did think That her old gloves were on, but 'twas her hands;..." See in text (Act IV - Act IV, Scene 3)
The image of the gloves serves as a symbol of class and courtly behaviour. Aristocratic women in Elizabethan England would have worn gloves, a fashion which metaphorically conveys inactivity: to wear gloves is to be passive, to not dirty one’s hands. That Phebe does not wear gloves suggests both her lower class and also her active role in courting Silvius.