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'Let him kill a lion with a pestle, husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle.'

So exclaims the Grocer's wife who, with her husband and servants, is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform. Peeved at the fact that all the plays they see are satires on the lives and values of London's citizenry, the Grocer and his wife interrupt and demand a play that instead contains chivalric quests and courtly love. What's more, they nominate their apprentice Rafe to take...

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Overview

'Let him kill a lion with a pestle, husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle.'

So exclaims the Grocer's wife who, with her husband and servants, is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform. Peeved at the fact that all the plays they see are satires on the lives and values of London's citizenry, the Grocer and his wife interrupt and demand a play that instead contains chivalric quests and courtly love. What's more, they nominate their apprentice Rafe to take on the hero's role of the knight in this entirely new play.

The author, Francis Beaumont, ends up not just satirising the grocers' naive taste for romance but parodying his own example of citizen comedy. This play-within-a-play becomes a pastiche of contemporary plays that scorned those who were not courtiers or at least gentlemen or ladies. Like Cervantes in Don Quixote, Beaumont exposes the folly of those that take representations for realities, but also celebrates their idealism and love of adventure.

The editor, Michael Hattaway, is editor of plays by Shakespeare and Jonson as well as of several volumes of critical essays, and author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre, Hamlet: The Critics Debate, and Renaissance and Reformations: An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature. He is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffield.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781497969414
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/30/2014
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    It is quite obvious that the publishers of this book just scanne

    It is quite obvious that the publishers of this book just scanned the pages of the original and let a computer program transcribe the text.  With just a quick scan, I found numerous errors of this variety, such as the substitution of "v" for "u."  One of the worst examples of these transcription errors is this "sentence" from page 21:  "ShckiJiO. uik dieth, that worthie lentleman t That."  I'm getting something about a worthy gentleman dying, but that's about it.  Most of the errors are not this bad (as far as I can tell), but they still make the text extremely difficult to read and understand.

    In addition to the transcription errors, the format is pretty awful.  The book starts with some sort of Google disclaimer, implying that this book was taken from Google Books or something.  The next few pages are scans of the cover and the first few pages of the book, which is understandable.  The table of contents is scanned in a similar way, so there are no active links to take the reader to specific sections of the book.  Furthermore, I can't even tell if the pages on the scanned table of contents are actually accurate to the page numbers the eBook uses.  It is hard to tell when the actual text begins after the introduction, and there is no way to jump directly to it.

    I am going to try out some of the other Nook editions of this book since they are free, but I'm thinking that I will actually need to purchase a copy of the book to be able to read it in a comprehensible form.

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