At the top of Act Two, Papa Shakespeare talks directly to the
Start: In the islands, where I come from, there is still slavery there. My master ‘dere he call me Shakespeare so to mock me, ‘cause I don’t speak the way he do.
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End: This is the way the Griot works. This is what he does. If Shakespeare was a black man, he would be a Griot. So, I say, though my master mock me, it be no mock to me.
Brown, Carlyle. The African Company Presents Richard III. New York, 1994, pp.32-33.