Adam

Brewer (26A) and Bradley (47) believe the name and character are modeled on Adam, the faithful old servant in Shakespeare's As You Like It. The expression "Old Adam" is sometimes taken as a theologian's figure of speech denoting man in his unredeemed state (52, 250). There is little evidence, however, to suggest that Gilbert meant Robin's elderly servant to be anything but a mellow old man who had difficulty in switching character for the changed conditions of the second act.

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Old Adam Goodheart
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