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Re: Flapdragons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1546  Monday, 24 June 2002

From:           Dave Johnson <
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Date:           Friday, 21 Jun 2002 05:30:14 -1000
Subject: 13.1539 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1539 Re: Flapdragons

In clarification of my original question on flapdragons, through
diligent research during an evening with friends, we have determined
that neither raisins nor grapes float in any alcoholic beverage (or
water, for that matter).  That makes it hard to picture how one could
snatch raisins out of burning brandy, and impossible to picture
snatching burning grapes or raisins out of any alcoholic beverage if it
was deeper than half the width of a raisin.  Yet the quotes from various
Elizabethan and later sources make clear that this was a common
enjoyable activity.  I understand that one can drink flaming beverages
if one swigs quickly, but catching a raisin at the bottom of a flaming
liquid is quite different - and mustache threatening.

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