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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0900  Wednesday, 26 May 1999.

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 May 1999 07:29:42 PDT
Subject:        Pages

>We need a book about pages.
>
>Frank Whigham

Adding to the reference pile on pages, I submit these:

From Middleton's prose satire, The Black Book, his sequel to Nashe's
Pierce Penniless, we have the "nest of gallants" who "keep at every heel
a man, beside a French lacquey (a great boy with a beard) and an English
page, which fills up the place of an ingle."

About Gull, the page or "hench boy" for Jack Dapper in The Roaring Girl:

Sir Thomas: Thou hadst a sweet-faced boy, hail-fellow with thee to our
little Gull: how is he spent?
Jack Dapper: Troth I whistled the poor little buzzard off o' my fist
because when he waited upon me at the ordinaries, the gallants hit me i'
the teeth still and said I looked like a painted alderman's tomb, and
the boy at my elbow, like a death's head.  (5.1.24-30).

And finally, again from The Roaring Girl, this little rendezvous between
Sebastian and Mary Fitzallard in disguise, with Moll Cutpurse in
attendance:

Enter Sebastian with Mary Fitzallard like a page and Moll [dressed as a
man].
Sebastian: Thou hast done me a kind office, without touch/ Either of sin
or shame: our loves are honest.
Moll: I'd scorn to make such shift to bring you together else.
Sebastian: Now have I time and opportunity/ Without all fear to bid thee
welcome, love.    Kiss[es Mary].
Mary: Never with more desire and harder venture!
Moll: How strange this shows, one man to kiss another.
Sebastian: I'd kiss such men to choose, Moll;/ Methinks a woman's lip
tastes well in a doublet.       [4.1.39-47]

Pages can be written on pages.

Jack Heller
 

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