at a time when the business talent of the middle class was opening to it the door of prosperous preferment.
In 1569 he was entered as a sizar at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, and in due course took his bachelor's degree in 1573, and his master's in 1576.
He is supposed, on insufficient grounds, as it appears to me, to have met with some disgust or disappointment during his residence at the University.
This has been inferred from a passage in one of Gabriel Harvey's letters to him. But it woulhe friendship of Spenser.
Yet the reiteration of emphasis with which he insists on all the world's knowing that Nash had called him an ass, probably gave Shakespeare the hint for one of the most comic touches in the character of Dogberry. Between 1576 and 1578 Spenser seems to have been with some of his kinsfolk in the North.
It was during this interval that he conceived his fruitless passion for the Rosalinde, whose jilting him for another shepherd, whom he calls Menalcas, is somewhat perfunc