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1631 - Braithwaite, Richard - Whimzies (2)

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Date 1631
Author Braithwaite, Richard
Title Whimzies
Mentions sign of Robin Hood; forester; wakes; May games

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-20. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

6. A Forrester
IS a wood-man; but by all likelihood hee shall lose that title, if hee live to another age; for there will be little or no wood left in all his forrest. Hee proves by his windfals, it is an ill winde that blowes no man profit. [...] One would take him for the living signe of Robin Hood with a forrest bill in his hand. [...p. 35:] Hee attires himselfe to the colour of the forrest to deceive his game [...p. 36:] At wakes and maygames hee keepes a brave quarter; for our wenches of the greene hold him a marvellous proper man. [...][1]

IRHB comments

Whimzies is a series of satirical portraits of representatives of various trades of the kind at which Braithwaite was so adept.

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