The movable stages were, of course, not very large, so sometimes more than one was needed for a play. At other times the players overflowed, as it were, into the audience.
The pageants were on wheels, and as soon as a play was over at the first appointed place, the stage was dragged by men to the next place and the play again began.
The list of plays thus presented commonly included: The Fall of Lucifer; the Creation of the World and the Fall of Adam; Noah and the Flood; Abraham and Isaac and the promise of Christ's coming; a Procession of the Prophets, also foretelling Christ; the main events of the Gospel story, with some additions from Christian tradition; and the Day of Judgment.
'Mr.' also comes.] In many places, however, detached plays, or groups of plays smaller than the full cycles, continued to be presented at one season or another.
The thought that I was not going to play
for myself quite unnerved me.
Again, another reminded her of children at play
, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
He merely did not elect to choose them for partners in the big game in which he intended to play
. What that big game was, even he did not know.
it always, ever since I was a little, little girl.
It could make no difference in the play
, and as for Cottager himself, when he has got his wife's speeches, I would undertake him with all my heart."
At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go, and danced also, and by the time he had played
the first bar of the tune, all were dancing together--judge, court, and miser, and all the people who had followed to look on.
And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, "You let me play
once in your garden, to-day you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise."
As a very young child he could repeat, after a fashion, any composition that was played
"There isn't any reason why you fellows can't make them play
a real tune.
"You have touched upon a subject, senor canon," observed the curate here, "that has awakened an old enmity I have against the plays
in vogue at the present day, quite as strong as that which I bear to the books of chivalry; for while the drama, according to Tully, should be the mirror of human life, the model of manners, and the image of the truth, those which are presented now-a-days are mirrors of nonsense, models of folly, and images of lewdness.
These were the plays
that we loved, and must have read in common, or at least at the same time: but others that I more especially liked were the Histories, and among them particularly were the Henrys, where Falstaff appeared.