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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Humours of Monsieur Galliard.
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The Wits, or, Sport upon sport. Part I in select pieces of drollery, digested into scenes by way of dialogue : together with variety of humors of several nations, fitted for the pleasure and content of all persons, either in court, city, countrey, or camp : the like never before published.
Kirkman, Francis, 1632-ca. 1680., Cox, Robert, d. 1655.
London: Printed for Henry Marsh ..., 1662
Early English Books Online

Terry Foreman  •  Link

From The Variety [ 1641? ] was made "a droll, called The French Dancing Master, which enjoyed considerable popularity after the Restoration. It was acted by Killigrew's company on March 11, 1661-1662, and on May 21 [ 1662 ] Pepys attended a performance, remarking that, 'The play pleased us very well; but Lacy's part, the Dancing Master, the best in the world.' This impersonation won the piece its vogue and delighted Charles II so extremely that he had the actor painted as Gaillard. The droll was apparently based on two scenes from The Variety, that of Act II where the dancing master proclaims that wit lies in one's toes, and another from Act III, in which like Monsieur Jourdain's Maitre a Danser he urges that people be made 'to dance, and to make a de boon reverence, for begar dat will make de King de great King in de Varle. . . . Ven dey are so bissey to learn a de dance, dey vill never tink of de Rebellion, and den de reverence is obedience to Monarchy, and begar obedience is ale de ting in de Varle.' These two episodes were printed under the name of The Humours of Monsieur Gaillard in the 1672 edition of Francis Kirkman's The Wits, or Sport upon Sport? a famous collection of drolls and farces.


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