Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England

"Ballads+: Staging the Jig in 'Romeo and Juliet'"

Andrew Gurr gives another euphemistic example. The English diplomat Dudley Carleton writes in 1604 to John Chamberlain of an individual’s death: “he [Charles Chester] went on to make a joke, introducing it as ‘a jig after this tragedy’”; from The Shakespearean Company, 1594-1642 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 75.

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