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Page xxx - 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 xviii - 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 x - ... 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 queenes servants, and were allowed wages and liveries as groomes of the chamber: and untill this yeare 1583, the queene had no players.
Page ix - The Pleasant and Stately Morall, of the three Lordes and three Ladies of London...
Page xxvii - Tarlton, when his head was onely scene, The tire-house doore and tapistrie betweene, Set all the multitude in such a laughter, They could not hold for scarse an houre after."' In those primitive times (when the play was ended) actors and audiences were wont to pass jokes —
Page 52 - Tarlton's newes out of purgatory, 1630,4to, describes a dream in which he saw " one attired in russet with a button'd cap on his head, a great bag by his side, and a strong bat in his hand, so artificially attired for a clowne, as I began to call Tarlton's woonted shape to remembrance.
Page 93 - But neither might their sutes nor her owne prevaile about her father's resolution, who was determyned not to marrye her, but to such a man as should be able in abundance to maintain the excellency of her beauty. 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...
Page 132 - ... but there followes in the same an example of the punishment. Now he that at a play will be delighted in the one, and not warned by the other, is like him that reads in a booke the description of sinne, and will not looke ouer the leafe for the reward.
Page 6 - s opinion of oysters. Certaine noblemen and ladies of the court, being eating of oysters, one of them, seeing Tarlton, called him, and asked him if he loved oysters. No, quoth Tarlton, for they be ungodly meate, uncharitable meat, and unprofitable meate. Why ? quoth the courtiers. They are ungodly, sayes Tarlton, because they are eaten without grace ; uncharitable, because they leave nought but shells ; and unprofitable, because they must swim in wine.