Probably the business was elaborated for some medieval farce long before Molière was born, or Shakspere either.
These, it is true, have far less importance than in a drama of Shakspere.
But Shakspere is not a living question: he is a living answer.
Not all Shakspere's great passages about the hand are tragic.
It is said to have suggested to Shakspere the scene of the storm and hurricane in his “Tempest.”
No system-maker or formula-builder can account for Shakspere.
In Spenser and Shakspere are to be discerned the same influences as those which made Hooker great.
All England knows that this year is the three hundredth since Shakspere was born.
Yet Shakspere will not contradict history, even in its silence.
But Shakspere had not business relations merely: he was a man of business.
surname recorded from 1248; it means "a spearman." This was a common type of English surname, e.g. Shakelance (1275), Shakeshaft (1332). Shake (v.) in the sense of "to brandish or flourish (a weapon)" is attested from late Old English
Heo scæken on heore honden speren swiðe stronge. [Laymon, "Brut," c. 1205]Cf. also shake-buckler "a swaggerer, a bully;" shake-rag "ragged fellow, tatterdemalion." "Never a name in English nomenclature so simple or so certain in origin. It is exactly what it looks -- Shakespear" [Bardsley, "Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," 1901]. Nevertheless, speculation flourishes. The name was variously written in contemporary records, also Shakespear, Shakespere, the last form being the one adopted by the New Shakespere Society of London and the first edition of the OED. Related: Shakespearian (1753); Shakesperean (1796); Shakesperian (1755).