Tuesday, November 11, 2014
As young as I am, I have observed these three swashers. I am
boy to them all three, but all they three, though they would
serve me, could not be man to me.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Boy, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28-31.
Seeing through the swashbuckling Nym, Bardolph and Pistol, who, for all their bravado, are cowards; "boy" means servant.