Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 362. Wednesday, 9 December 1992.
From:           William Proctor Williams <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 09 Dec 92 17:48 CST
Subject:        double jointed babies
Well, now we come to it.  I am sorry for the brevity of my previous question.
The line comes from a manuscript play from the mid-1650s in which a very stupid
countryman is being asked to take on several commodities, including Jews'
harps, and "new fashioned double-jointed babies with springs between their legs
to make them go along."  I assume they are some sort of mechanical toy.  Does
anyone know what they are?  Thanks in advance.
William Proctor Williams                TB0WPW1@NIU

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