it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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According to the preachers, apprentices were seduced away to idleness by the temptations of the players, and as we all know, the Devil finds work for idle hands. The City Fathers, most of whom employed apprentices, understandably felt themselves to be better employers than the Devil.

--Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642. (Which title I quibble with, lo, yes I do.)

Also, he goes on at great length regarding the Puritan loathing of the stage and of bawdy-houses, and the parallels between the two, and in general wins me over most magnificently long before he cites a use of the word "newefangled" in 1617.

Oh dear. The temptation is vast.
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