Parasitaster: Or, The Fawn
The play tells the story of Duke Hercules, who disguises himself as a flattering courtier, the Fawn, in order to infiltrate the court of Duke Gonzago and observe the behaviour of his son Tiberio, who has been sent to Gonzago as an ambassador. In the process, Hercules observes the lechery of Gonzago's courtiers, who are all embroiled in seedy sexual adventures, and the vanity and stupidity of Gonzago himself, who is a pompous old windbag. At the play's conclusion, Hercules holds a symbolic Court of Cupid, in which all the foolish courtiers are arrested for their crimes against love and good sense.
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antedates O.E.D.'s appears blood Bullen comedy comic compositor copy correct Court of Cupid courtiers Cross notes cuckold Cupid Cynthia's Revels Dilke Dondolo dost duke Dulcimel Dutch Courtesan E. K. Chambers edition emendation Epictetus Exit eyes father Faunus Fawn Ferrara flattery Florio folly gallants Garbetza Gonzago grace Granuffo hath haue Herc Hercules Herod honour hope humour husband John Marston Jonson lady lord lust Malcontent marriage marry means mistress Montaigne Crawford Nymphadoro O.E.D.'s first example Parasitaster passage passion perhaps Philocalia phrase pity play prince probably prose Qq proverbial Puttenham quarto reading Revels satire sense ship of fools Sir Amor Sir Amoroso Sophonisba speak speech spelling Stoicism sweet thee thou Tiberio Tilley uncorr Unrecorded in O.E.D. Urbin vice virtue wife wisdom wise woman women word Zoya Zuccone