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By G. C. Moore Smith

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MS. R. 3. 37), where Prologus prsefert manu primulam. Similarly the prologue of Vincent's Paria 1637/8 was delivered before King Charles by ' M r Suckline' (Sir John Suckling) Limacem in manu gerens & contrectans, fondling a snail. Here too the snail is compared to the comedy. The prologues of Pastor Fidus (c. 1590-1605), The Returns from Parnassus (c. 1599-1602), Ignoramus (1615), Aristippus (c. 1629/30), The Rivall Friends (1631/2) are in dialogue. In the Return from Parnassus II the interlocutors are Boy [the proper Prologue-speaker), Stage-keeper, Momus and Defensor.

38, 1. THEIR PRODUCTION 47 the disorders of a play-night. Punter (whom we know as one of the actors in Hymen&us): vncased (as they call it) one of the stagekeepers of Caius colledge pluckinge of his visor; and at the first playes.. at Trinitie Colledge had violently pressed to come into ye colledge, euen against ye wills of such Maysters of Arts as were there appointed to see good order kept, insomuch that he had almost set that house and S. Johns together by ye eares; and afterwards to reuenge himselfe for y e repulse there sustained had priuely crept into Benet [Corpus Christi] Colledge, & takinge vpon him ye habit of a stage keper there, to y e greate disturbaunce of the whole assembly, did assault one of Trinitie colledge, whom also he afterward chalengid into the feilds.

But the houses are rather curiously described as 'Domus dec. ,' 'Domus dec. ' Does this imply that for the performance structures or partitions already existing in the hall were adapted to stage purposes and obviated the need of building stage houses ad hoc} We know that when the plays were given before Queen Elizabeth in King's College Ante-Chapel in 1564 the side-chapels were used as houses. It is noticeable that when this play Labyrinthus was printed in 1636 the names were divided into four groups, of which the last was described as 'semper e foro,' but the other indications, probably because they would be unintelligible to the non-academic reader, were omitted.

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