1610 - Jonson, Ben - Alchemist
|Allusion to Adam Bell|
|Mentions||Clim of the Clough|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-23. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-18.
Good deeds, sir Doctor Dogs'-Meat. 'Slight, I bring you
No cheating Clim-o'-the-Cloughs, or Claribels,
That look as big as five-and-fifty, and flush;
And spit out secrets like hot custard— 
The above lines are spoken by the character Face; Act. I, scene ii, ll. 45-48.
The editor of the edition cited, Robert M. Adams, has this not very well informed note to the passage:
"Clim 'o the Clough was one of Robin Hood's playmates, Claribel a lewd and wicked knight in Spenser; unsavoury characters, in other words." The character Clim of the Clough was not, of course, a member of Robin Hood's band. See next.
This is probably only indirectly an allusion to the ballad character. As McKerrow's notes in his expertly edited Works of Thomas Nashe, a few allusions to Clim of the Clough from around 1600, including the present one, indicate that some then well-known performer had assumed the outlaw's name. McKerrow suggests a clown or fire-eater. The allusions imply that he was probably both, but almost certainly a fire-eater.
- Jonson, Ben; Adams, Robert Martin, ed. Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques (New York and London, ©1979), pp. 176-274; see p. 185.
- Jonson, Ben; Adams, Robert Martin, ed. Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques (New York and London, ©1979), p. 185.
- Jonson, Ben; Adams, Robert Martin, ed. Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques (New York and London, ©1979), p. 185 n. 7.
- Nashe, Thomas; McKerrow, Ronald Brunlees, ed.; Wilson, F.P., ed. The Works of Thomas Nashe (Oxford, 1966), vol. IV, p. 129.