The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0516 Saturday, 30 May 1998.
Date: Friday, 29 May 1998 09:54:32 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Clapper Quotation
The quotation on the Globe's T-shirts is from Thomas Dekker, The Gull's
Horn-Book (1609), from Chapter 6: "How a gallant should behave himself
in a playhouse."
The book is a mock conduct book, very funny. The chapter gives advice
on how to make yourself the center of attention at a play. Pretty
ironic for the Globe, I think.
Here's the quotation:
It shall crown you with rich commendation to laugh aloud in the middest
of the most serious and saddest scene of the terriblest tragedy and to
let that clapper, your tongue, be tossed so high that all the house may
ring of it. Your lords use it, your knights are apes to the lords and
do so too, your Inn o' Court man...comes likewise limping after it....