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RexLeo   Link to this

"... and carried her to the Theatre in a frolique, to my great expense,.."

Sam despite all his vows, goes to the theatre and spends a lot of money (coach, theatre tickets?) and as Britney would say, "Oops, did it again" - it looks like a classic case of addiction!

Bradford   Link to this

"Beggar's Bush," by Beaumont & Fletcher, Inc., summarized in annotations here:


language hat   Link to this

"carried her to the Theatre in a frolique"

At first glance, "frolique" looks like the name of a conveyance, but there's no such definition in the OED (s.v. "frolic") -- I guess this means "A scene or occasion of gaiety or mirth; a merry-making; a party." Sounds odd, though.

vicente   Link to this

Castleing today: I might be a DOM Miguel but frolique to me[n] means what it always meant, gabolling in the coach [ a great place to test reactions of a lonely gal] and the stalls, He knows where all the funny pieces be and he plays along.
Lines from prev viewing: "...where was acted "Beggars' Bush," it being very well done; and here the first time that ever I saw women come upon the stage….”
“…where the play of "Beggar's Bush" was newly begun; and so we went in and saw it, it was well acted: and here I saw the first time one Moone, who is said to be the best actor in the world,…”

Ruben   Link to this

We had a very explicit "frolique" at the Coronation last april:
"In which, at the further end, there was three great bonefyres and a great many great gallants, men and women; and the lay hold of us and would have us drink the King's health upon our knee, kneeling upon a fagott; which we all did, they drinking to us one after another - which we thought a strange Frolique. But these gallants continued thus a great while, and I wondered to see how the ladies did tiple."

Mary   Link to this

"in a frolique"

could be glossed "on a whim" [OED sense 1c], possibly partly introducing the idea of 'on a spree'. Swift (1711) is quoted, "If the frolic should take you of going to Bath ....."

language hat   Link to this

Ah, 'on a whim' makes sense. Thanks.

A. Hamilton   Link to this

"in a frolique"

Glossed as "on a whim." Cf. the legal phrase, "a frolic of one's own" which describes "the activities of an employee that, though resulting in job-related injuries, do not entitle the employee to compensation." (From a discussion of a novel by William Gaddis entitled "A Frolic of His Own," at

Terry Foreman   Link to this

After all, Martha Batten was Pepys's Valentine, as we learned two days ago

Bill   Link to this

"in a frolique"

A FROLICK, a merry Prank, a Whim.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

This must be the sense of ‘frolic’ intended here:

‘ . .1c. = whim n.1
1711 Swift Jrnl. to Stella 5 Apr. (1948) I. 235 If the frolick should take you of going to the Bath, I here send you a note on Parvisol.’

‘whim . . 3.b. In generalized sense: Capricious humour or disposition of mind.
a1721 M. Prior Enigma: Form'd half Beneath 7 They [sc. skates] serve the poor for use, the rich for whim.
1729 Pope Dunciad (new ed.) iii. 147 Sneering G**de, half malice and half whim.
1809 B. H. Malkin tr. A. R. Le Sage Adventures Gil Blas IV. xii. i. 376, I came up to pay my devotions; but whim, or perhaps revenge .. determined her to put on the stranger . . ‘ [OED]

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