Stratford on Avon

Stratford on Avon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...opened; and there the pothooks and hangers were always kept. The tables, as a rule, were made with flaps, to 'turn up.' Capulet, when he wants room for the dancers in his hall, shouts out to his servants to 'turn the tables up.' The painted cloths, or arras, were features prominent in all Elizabethan houses, whether rich or poor. They were nailed on the walls of the guildhall, and even in the smaller cottages they were met with, bearing in all cases 'wise sayings painted upon them, ' and frequently rough representations of Bible stories, especially of Dives and Lazarus and of 'the pamper'd Prodigal.' Shakespeare writes of these hangings in 'Lucrece'--Who fears a sentence, or an old man's saw, Shall by a painted cloth be kept in awe. Orlando taunts Jaques with having studied his cynical questions from 'right painted cloth. Despite the scantiness of bedroom furniture, there was some attempt at decoration. The bed coverings, or counterpanes--there was one of yellow and green belonging to Henry Field--were often richly embroidered, like those in Gremio's city house. The carpet owned by Henry Field was doubtless to cover the table, not to lie beneath it. Grumio, Petruchio's servant, sees 'the carpets laid' for supper on the return home of his master and new mistress. The floors were strewn with rushes, or occasionally with sweet-smelling herbs. A Dutch physician, visiting London in 1560, notes how 'the chambers and parlours strewn over with sweet herbs refreshed me.' Grumio bids the rushes be strewn in Petruchio's house; and Romeo bids wantons, light of heart, Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels. Shakespeare, like his own Gremio, clearly took careful notice of the Pewter and brass, and all things that belong To house, or housekeeping...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750896
  • 9781236750891