Annotation of Act 4 Scene 4

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Perdita argues for "racial" purity. While she is about to enter into what is, on the surface, a marriage that mixes the "pure" flower with the "wildest stock." It seems a subtle dig that Shakespeare doesn't support this theory, since ultimately Perdita is revealed as royal.
Of that kind  Our rustic garden’s barren, and I care not  To get slips of them.
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Act 4 Scene 4

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This also reminds me of a not so "subtle dig," from another "race before race" play:

“Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise,
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
Arise, I say!!” (Othello I.I. 88 – 92)

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