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Duncan-Jones persuasively suggests that Shakespeare repaid Jonson's acerbities through the character of Jacques in As You Like It, who, like Jonson, is "a satirist with a murky past, who believes himself nevertheless perfectly entitled to anatomize the follies and vices of others," an oppositional figure whose sudden conversion at the end of the play recalls Jonson's rapidly acquired Catholic faith a year or so earlier.
The concerns of class and status were sometimes subsumed into the acerbities of ethnicity and regional chauvinism.