Highways and Byways in Sussex - online book

An illustrated appreciation, of the most interesting districts in Sussex.

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This reminds me that I saw recently at Petworth, whither we are now moving, a travelling circus whose programme included a comic interlude that cannot have received the slightest modification since it was first planned, perhaps hundreds of years ago. It was sheer essential elemental horse-play straight from Bartholomew Fair, and the audience received it with
rapture that was vouchsafed to nothing else. The story would be too long to tell; but briefly, it was a dumb show repre­sentation of the visit of a guest (the clown) to a wife, unknown to her husband. The scenery consisted of a table, a large chest, a heap of straw and a huge barrel. The fun consisted in the clown, armed with a bladder on a string, hiding in the
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