The well-known story, first told by Boccaccio, then by Petrarca, afterwards by Chaucer, and which has since become proverbial. Tom Warton, writing about 1770, says, “I need not mention that it is to this day represented in England, on a stage of the lowest species, and of the highest antiquity: I mean at a puppet show” (“Hist. of English Poetry,” sect. xv.). — B.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
A variant of "Patient Griselda"
The version Pepys saw as a puppet-play 30 August 1667 was based on this text:
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.