Note to King Lear, 1.4.167


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For wise men are grown foppish, / And know not how their wits to wear, / Their manners are so apish.: —Here the Fool expresses one of Shakespeare's favorite ideas. According to Shakespeare, a foolish fop not only wears strange clothes, he also affects strange attitudes and opinions, which he has aped from some foreigner. (See, in The Merchant of Venice, Portia's description of a ridiculous Englishman, Falconbridge.)