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Query: Brewer Satire
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0556  Friday, 27 February 2004

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Feb 2004 10:10:38 -0500
Subject: 15.0503 Query: Brewer Satire
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0503 Query: Brewer Satire

 >...the philosopher Democritus offers 27 "characters," in
 > the Hall-Overbury sense, of Jacobean types.  These are introduced not
 > with a clear label - the Lawyer, the Sycophant, the Social Climber, or
 > whatever - but with a presumptively appropriate proverbial phrase.

 >>      *First come, first served.*
 >>
 >> ------------ ------------- ------------ Who can chuse
 >>But laugh at this: Why here's a running Stewes
 >>Hurries them on.  This waight was wont to ride,
 >>Not on *foure* wheeles, but *one* on either side,
 >>And that me thinks shewd better. ---------------

I'm stuck on interpreting your query let alone the passage. I would have
to go with Matt Steggle's reading, but I thought you were asking about
the character. He sounds like a Dandy or a Fantastc like Lucio of MM: a
reformer of the Viennese stews and critic of aristocratic morals.
(Except I would add Peter Bridgeman's sandwich but obviously reverse the
gender as a quibble on the whore cart. Waight is no doubt wight i.e.
person and wont means accustomed)

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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