I have Two Gentlemen ranked higher because I was so taken with Launce and Crab, his dog. I think the characters are necessarily meant to be likeable anyway — after all, if Aristotle is correct, comedy imitates the “action of men worse than ourselves.”

But even the emphasis of “men” in that quote and the male centric nature of the play makes me wonder if I haven’t taken the problem of mysoginy in Two Gentlemen (especially the incident where Silvia appears to be ‘given away’) seriously enough.

I have taken it down a spot and bumped up Much Ado up accordingly.

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