| Quote #7
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side. (2.3.1)
When young Helen uses her dead father's medicine to cure the dying monarch, the king of France is grateful; he even calls her his "preserver." In a previous passage (1.2.7), the king of France worries that the younger generation isn't capable of taking over when he's dead and gone. The fact that he's cured by a girl completely contradicts the idea that all young people are shallow, foolish, and incompetent. Maybe there's some hope for the future after all.
| Quote #8
There's something amusing about an old man threatening to beat up a guy who's half his age, especially when we know he could probably do it. Shakespeare seems to be writing this for a laugh, but the whole scene makes a bigger point: the older guys like Lafeu are better men than their younger counterparts.
| Quote #9
The devil it is that's thy master. Why dost thou
If adults constantly criticize the way you dress, you're not alone. Here, Lafeu hassles Paroles about his clothes; he's so annoyed by the younger guy's outfit that he says he'd like to "beat" him. This isn't the only time an older character makes a big deal about how the younger generation of men dress themselves. At one point, Lavatch makes a sarcastic crack about how Bertram's friends are all wearing "delicate fine hats, / and most courteous feathers" (4.5.15). In this play, clothing emphasizes the generation gap.
Check out this short clip where a famous costume and set designer talks about how she designed costumes to play up the generation gap in a 2009 production of All's Well.