The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0556 Friday, 27 February 2004
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)
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