Tarlton's Jests: And News Out of Purgatory (Google eBook)

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James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps
Shakespeare Society, 1844 - English wit and humor - 135 pages
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Page xvi - And let those that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too ; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villainous; and . shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
Page 52 - The next, by his sute of russet, his buttond cap, his taber, his standing on the toe, and other tricks, I knew to be either the body or resemblance of Tarlton, who, liuing, for his pleasant conceits was of all men liked, and dying, for mirth left not his like.
Page viii - ... and exquisite actors for all matters, they were entertained into the service of divers great lords, out of which companies there were twelve of the best chosen, and, at the request of Sir Francis Walsingham, they were sworn the Queen's servants and were allowed wages and liveries as grooms of the chamber. And until this year 1583, the Queen had no players.
Page xxxii - ... people began exceedingly to laugh, when Tarlton first peept out his head. Whereat the justice, not a little moued, and seeing with his beckes and nods, hee could not make them cease, he went with his staffe, and beat them round about vnmercifully on the bare pates, in that they, being but farmers and poore countrey hyndes, would presume to laugh at the Queenes men, and make no more account of her cloath in his presence.
Page xxviii - See, the Knave commands the Queen; for which he was corrected by a frown from the Queen; yet he had the confidence to add that he was of too much and too intolerable a power; and going on with the same liberty, he reflected on the...
Page 23 - Henry the fift, hit Tarlton a sound boxe indeed, which made the people laugh the more because it was he, but anon the judge goes in, and immediately Tarlton in his...
Page xxv - As Tarlton, when his head was only scene The Tire-house doore and Tapistrie betweene, Set all the multitude in such a laughter They could not hold for scarce an houre after, So, Sir, I set you, as I promis'd, forth, That all the world may wonder at your worth.
Page 91 - Divers yong gentlemen proffered large feoffments, but in vaine, a maide shee must bee still: till at last an olde doctor in the towne, that professed phisicke, became a sutor to her, who was a welcome man to her father, in that he was one of the welthiest men in all Pisa; a tall...
Page xxv - Our Tarlton was master of his faculty. When queen Elizabeth was serious (I dare not say sullen) and out of good humour, he could un-dumpish her at his pleasure. Her highest favourites would, in some cases, go to Tarlton before they would go to the queen, and he was their usher to prepare their advantageous access unto her.